Cast Iron Kettle – Shinonome Kikko

A tetsubin, Japanese cast iron kettle, from Iwate Prefecture.

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This cast iron kettle was made in the style of Nambu Tekki, a type of ironware made in Iwate Prefecture, located in north-eastern Japan and known for its harsh winter climate. The style of Nambu Tekki has a 300-year history, during which it has developed in quality and design, to produce this pattern called Shinonome Kikkō.
The tetsubin has been used for centuries in Japan as an essential household tool for tea preparation. Water boiled in these kettles becomes softer and more neutral in flavour, due to minerals in the water clinging to the kettle’s inner surface. This soft water is the perfect ingredient for making delicious Japanese tea, famous for its sweet and refined aftertaste.

Before first use, wash the interior of the kettle with cold water. Boil water on medium heat and discard to prepare the kettle for use. After each use, rinse with water and dry thoroughly to avoid rusting. It is recommended to use medium heat and to avoid heating an empty kettle.
Dry thoroughly before storing to avoid potential rust stains on surfaces.
Compatible with gas, electric and induction hobs.
Not microwave safe.

Size: W21.5 x H18.1 cm x Ø18 cm
Weight: 2.2 kg
Volume: 1 L

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In the small area of Hadachō the distinctive scent of iron casting, along with the presence of ironware artisans strolling the streets, help create the atmosphere of a town with a long history of ironware production.

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