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Tetsubin (cast iron teapot)

Posted on October 07, 2014 | 0 comments
Tetsubin (鉄瓶) is a word for Japanese cast iron teapots. These fine products originated in the Japanese Nambu region, in the Edo period (1603-1868). Morioka City was the place most famous for skilled artists and craftsmen producing ironware. The technology they used for their products was developed in the 12th century in Mizusawa City.
This unique and complicated technology allowing for making the World's best cast ironware, incorporated over 40 difficult steps, taking usually over two months to complete the process! Quality is strictly maintained by a master craftsman known as a "Kamashi". It requires at least 15 years to become a full-fledged craftsman and 30~40 years to become a "kamashi".
In making the cast iron teapots, wooden patterns are first made to develop the design. Wood allows the artisan to intricately etch, carve or shape the teapot. For production, the wooden patterns are converted into metal patterns (the use of the material varies as per the manufacturer) and subsequently to sand molds. Molten cast iron at 1600 celsius is poured into the molds in the final making of the teapots. Lastly, details and cleaning are performed.
Tetsubin distribute the heat evenly inside the pot to better extract the flavors and benefits of the tea thanks to the solid cast iron with enameled interior. Tetsubin can keep your tea warm for about an hour, which is perfect for tea time after meal! Famous for their resistance to rust (specially coated inside), tetsubin ware require minimum of care. Thanks to their perfect design, they won't spill a single drop when pouring green tea at a Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) or at your table.

Use the cast iron teapot to brew tea, not as a stove-top kettle. The enamel lining could be damaged.
Do not scrub the teapot with abrasive pads or use any detergents, simply rinse it with water ONLY and wipe it dry after each use.
Never use in microwave oven or dishwasher.
Do not leave any tea or water in the teapot for long periods of time. Always wipe the outside with a dry cloth.
Do not expose the teapot to salt or oil.
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