Medium Pan Handle (details)
Material: Bakelite, stainless steel
Includes: Two handle halves + hardware set
Measurements: 4.6" (117 mm) long, 2.6" (66mm) between holes on center
Fits: Vintage era (pre-1968) 5 ½ in and 6 in pans, 7 in skillets, and possibly others
The screws in the hardware set are Phillips head, not slotted like the original Revere Ware screw sets were. Because the original slot head screws strip very easily, we consider this an improvement.
Bakelite is a great heat resistant material, but it can be a bit brittle. The most important thing is to not overtighten the screws when assembling the pan handle or you can crack the handle.
When removing your hanging loop from the old pan handle, first remove the handle from the pan. Then, if you open the loop up just a little bit with a pair of pliers, you can slide one half of the handle out, and then the other half. Before you put the new handles on, put the hanging loop in one half of the handle, then slide the other half in and squeeze the loop closed a little. You will find it much easier to put the loop on before attaching the handle to the pan than after.
We have seen about 5% of handles where the screw holes are off just enough to make it very hard to get the nuts to go all the way through. The is just a natural variation in the original Revere manufacturing process. Widening the hole slightly with a drill or file has fixed every one of these for us.
In some cases, the old screws can rust together and are very hard to get off. Twisting the screw also twists the nut on the other side. You can try pressing a slotted screwdriver between the edge of the nut and the bakelite to create some resistance to keep the nut from turning, but if it is truly corroded, the only real solution we've found is to break the bakelite off by prying between the two halves with a screwdriver. Once the bakelite is off, you can grab the nut with pliers.