Tetsubin water kettles are different than Tetsubin cast-iron teapots, although the teapots evoke the spirit of the kettles. The interior of a Japanese tetsubin kettle is un-lined cast iron, whereas the interior of a tetsubin teapot is enamel-lined. This is an authentic Japanese testubin teapot made by Iwachu, located in the city of Morioka. Iwachu has been producing handmade ironware since 1902 and is one of the finest manufacturers of modern Nanbu ironware. Click here for a pictorial view of the iron casting process –(text is all in Japanese).
–classic black color
–modern shape, simple / subtle circular lines on “back” of pot represent crescent moon and compliment the overall shape of the pot
–very slight scuff marks on the footring of the pot from being on display in the Tea Trekker retail store (see photos)
This is arguably the most classic shape for these cast iron teapots sold in the West. Timeless and appropriate for any decor, this teapot will serve your household well for several generations.
True, Japanese-made cast iron teapots are extremely difficult to find now, post-tsunami.
Using and Caring for Your Tetsubin Teapot:
- Thoroughly rinse the teapot with hot water before using for the first time. While the pot is still warm, use a dry cloth to dry the interior. Make sure the teapot is completely dry before replacing the lid.
- Use cast iron teapots for steeping tea only. Never heat over a naked flame or use in a microwave.
- Before each use, fill the cast iron teapot with warm water. Allow the pot to sit long enough to retain some of the warmth from the water, then pour the water out. This will reduce the risk of thermal shock to the pot’s enamel interior.
- Do not leave any tea or water in the pot and dry thoroughly after each use.
- Allow the cast iron teapot to cool before cleaning. Do not clean with any soaps or detergents, use water only. Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe the outside of the teapot.
- Never use abrasive utensils to clean the interior or exterior of the pot.
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