Hyotanhada Tetsubin kettle by Kiyosue of Iwachu
Kiyosue is the name given to the aprentices of Iwashimizu Suekichi, the
founder of Iwachu. This kettle was made by the second generation Kiyosue
who is carrying on the traditional techniques perfected by his master.
The name "Hyotanhada" in the title refers to the grainy texture
which is thought to resemble the surface of a gourd. The Iwachu stamp is
embossed under the spout. The lid is made of Karakane (bronze based metal)
and the spinning ball knob can actually be spun around.
This kettle has a hollow handle, a feature which is normally reserved for kettles of a much higher price. This is because it is hammered out of one sheet of metal by a skilled craftsman and requires a lot of time and expertise to produce. Therefore only small quantities of this type of handle can be made. The little holes on the handle ("mushi kui", literally "bug bitemarks"!) are to let out the heat and make the handle cooler to hold.
This kettle has been specially treated by steam baking for 30-40 minutes,
an oxidisation process which improves its rust proof qualities. Despite
this, care should always be taken to empty the kettle thoroughly after
Length : Approx. 7.2" (18.5cm)
Height: 7.6" (19.5cm)
Vol. approx. 1.3 liter (44 oz)
Made in Japan by traditional craftsman "Kiyosue" of Iwachu
US$700.00 SOLD discontinued
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