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I asked all 4 employees but nobody could tell me. It is heavy, and it doesn't look like the same material as my cast iron pan. A magnet sticks to it.

There are no markings on it at all. I think the red handles are silicone.

It is smooth and dark grey on the outside, and the inside is almost black and you can tell it's been well used.

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It's certainly not aluminium, which is non-magnetic. – David Richerby Jul 1 '14 at 21:30

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My guess is carbon steel. It's used in a variety of cooking implements, including stuff like woks and as bread pans. A quick search suggests that carbon steel is often magnetic as you report.

If it is indeed carbon steel, it benefits from seasoning and ongoing love and care similar to cast iron (lest it rust or deteriorate). Many articles on this, such as this one from thekitchn.

It's a fun material, and looks like a nice find! I hope you like it!

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Agree, looks like carbon steel from the pic. – DrRandy Jun 29 '14 at 19:21
Looks like it could do with re-seasoning on the inside, see here:… – logophobe Jun 29 '14 at 20:41
Thanks for the responses! I was hoping it was carbon steel or iron, so yay! Not bad for $5. I followed the advice that it is carbon steel and tried seasoning it. I'm pretty sure I didn't do it properly since it's just flaking black stuff now every time I heat it, but that's another story. – user25696 Jul 2 '14 at 15:22

Looks like it's aluminum! I went thrifting again and found the same wok, but this one was a set with IKEA lid. Looks like I didn't get a steal afterall.

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Wait, I thought you said a magnet sticks to it? Magnets don't stick to aluminum. Also, in the Ikea picture, it doesn't look like the handles are offset like yours are. – Marti Aug 24 '14 at 2:05
The color in the scratched parts is wrong for aluminium – rumtscho Aug 24 '14 at 6:05
A magnet does stick to mine. Hmm maybe IKEA ripped off mine then... – remembershirley Aug 24 '14 at 23:11

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