Chip wrote:Having used the kyusu and kyusu style yuzamashi, I have found the "fist grip" is perrrrfect and most comfortable for this style/shape/shorter-length handle.
Make a fist, insert handle between middle and index (fore) fingers, thumb over lid. The butt of the handle sits nicely in the palm of your hand. Feels perfect, right?
I really like this handle that Petr uses for most of his side handle pots and yuzamashi, it is rounded at the end and feels quite natural.
This feels better to me than the standard "handshake grip" that I use for longer and more angular-shaped handles that are more typical in Tokoname kyusu-s.
I'm at work with one of my tokoname pots now, and while this one is indisputably the neatest pouring of my three kyusu, the open cone shaped handle's end is not nearly so comfortable, and the narrow neck that is quite slick requires a tighter, less comfortable grip than Petr's pot.