|Oni Arare Tetsubin kettle by Kunzan with fukuro tsuru (hollow handle)
Crafted by the third generation traditional craftsman Kunzan, who is known for his mastery of traditional techniques coupled with imaginative new innovations. The pattern of large "hobnails" on the top half of the kettle is very powerful and arresting, giving a strong image. This kettle is rather unusual as it 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 oxidization process which improves its rust proof qualities. Despite this, care should always be taken to empty the kettle thoroughly after each use.
Length : Approx. 8.2" (21cm)
Height: 8.8" (22.5cm)
Vol. approx. 1.8 liter (60.8 oz)
Handcrafted in Morioka, Japan by Traditional craftsman at Kunzan workshop