Tetsubin, Japanese cast iron tea kettle (Nambu Tekki)

(Last Updated On: 06/03/2019)

Traditional Nambu Tekki tetsubin kettle

 

 

Comolife Japanese Traditional 'Nambu Tekki' Craft Tea Kettle 40.57 oz, Induction Cooker Enable, Color : Black, Pattern : Calabash

 

 

 

The beginning of the Nambu Tekki was the policy that Nambu domain (today’s Iwate Prefecture) had traditionally encouraged to produce the casting.

 

And one of the daimyo who loved tea ceremony invited a kettle maker Koizumi Nizaemon from Kyoto and made him create a new tea kettle.

 

The grandson Nizaemon Ⅲ made the tea kettle smaller and be able to use as a teapot too. It is the appearance of “tetsubin”. 

 

Japanese people had used Nambu Tekki tetsubin or kyusu (Japanese teapot) widely and routinely. But they became to use a simple and convenient kettle due to changing circumstances. 

 

 

 

 

However, they are coming to gather attention overseas as well as in Japan. That’s because the rediscovered and reevaluated of the tradition and health effects. The new design production furthermore attracts those who love tableware.

 

 

If you look for not a tea kettle but a teapot of Nambu Tekki, please click the below link.

 

 

Features of Nambu Tekki tetsubin cast iron kettle

 

1.Able to take iron

When you boil the water with the Nambu Tekki kettle, iron liquates out little by little. Almost iron of the Nambu Tekki is bivalent iron which a human easily absorb.

 

2.High heat retaining

Because all of the Nambu Tekki tetsubin are made of the profound cast iron, it keeps the water hot longer than a ceramic teapot.

 

3.Strong and last long

Though you may feel a little heavy to hold it at first, you hardly break the teapot even if you drop it from the hand (take care not to drop on your foot or teacups). 

 

4.Best temperature for drinking Japanese green tea

The best temperature for popular Japanese green tea Sencha is 90℃-100℃. Nambu Tekki kyusu can keep it (learn more about Japanese green tea).

 

5.Compliant for IH cooking heater

Because all of the tetsubin products are made of pure iron, they can conduct electricity.


 

Famous Nambu Tekki tetsubin cast iron kettle

 

 

Oigen (Seiei-do)

One of the oldest Nambu Tekki factories Oigen locates in Mizusawa Area, Oushu-shi, Iwate Prefecture. Oigen was established in 1852.

 

The company continues to create a new design of Nambu Tekki, but it keeps the beauty of the tradition.

 

Southern Iron southern iron kettle Chigusa 1,15 liter H-154

Southern Iron southern iron kettle Chigusa 1,15 liter H-154

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seieido iron kettle Shinonome turtle 1L H-193

Seieido iron kettle Shinonome turtle 1L H-193

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iron kettle Fu type pine needle tea 1.5L IH correspondence / gas support

Iron kettle Fu type pine needle tea 1.5L IH correspondence / gas support

 

 

 

 

 

Seieido southern iron kettle Maromi Arale 1L H-171

Seieido southern iron kettle Maromi Arale 1L H-171

 

 

 

 

 

See also the cookware products of Oigen

 

 

Itchu-do

In contrast to Oigen, Itchu-do Company was established in 2009. Of course, the craftmen produce the cast iron kyusu, but the designer Nakamura Yoshitaka develops the design. So the Itchu-do’s products are really polished.

 

 

 

ITCHU-DO HAKEME Japanese Cast Iron tea Kettle Nambu Tetsubin 1000ml

ITCHU-DO HAKEME Japanese Cast Iron tea Kettle Nambu Tetsubin 1000ml

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITCHU-DO SEKITEI Japanese Cast Iron tea Kettle Nambu Tetsubin 800ml

ITCHU-DO SEKITEI Japanese Cast Iron tea Kettle Nambu Tetsubin 800ml

 

 

 

 

 

When you get a traditional Japanese cast iron teapot, how about Japanese yunomi (tea cup)?

 

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