Japanese Tetsubin - flat shape
Adds depth to your water
Volume: 0.85 liter in normal use.
Weight: 1611 gr
Diameter at the base: 8 cm
Height with handle: 18 cm approximately
Origin: Kyoto, Japan.
This ancient cast iron tetsubin is not glazed inside, so that the water can interact with the iron. Iron adds a nice sweet and deep taste to the tea. Therefore, it's more suitable if you brew Oolongs or puerh. This tetsubin has signs of rust inside, but the water coming out of it is transparent and good to use. However, it still has some old smell because it hasn't been used for a long time. This will improve as you use it often.
The best way to take care of a tetsubin is to use it very regularly. Each time, it's important to empty and dry the kettle when you're done using it. If you leave water in it overnight, the iron will start to rust and this will produce a heavier taste for the water. Don't use chemicals to clean it. Only a clean, dry cloth for the outside.
This tetsubin is a testament to good craftsmanship. The iron is of good quality and the sound of the metal is high pitched like a bell. The rough skin of the kettle is meant to look like a rock. The handle is uneven for a better grip and because this looks more natural and sabi. nicely bent, which improves the way you can hold it in your hand. The knob is beautiful and can turn on itself in order to cool down and be more easily grabbed. There are also 3 reinforcements inside the kettle. This kettle is best used for a very slow water flow that maximizes the aftertaste of the tea. It can be heated on an induction plate.