Alex wrote:Wow thanks for those posts Chip. I really like this artist a lot. I'm really glad to see him doing so well on AN. Seems there's a wide range on there now with steady sales (Not all you it seems ). I really like the stubby spouts and the wide handle. Often I find that handles can be just a touch too small for me on some kyusu-s and actually they don't need to be longer just a touch fatter. How do these feel in the hand? they look superb.
Those pots look great in a set like that. Any plans for more?
Thank you kindly.
Have you tried the "fist grip" where you slide the handle between the index and middle finger (with the thumb upward) then the fingers are somewhat clenched with the handle end usually resting somewhat perpendicularly against the palm. Thumb holds the lid in place.
This is like one of those grip wrenches advertised on TV. The Kyusu is not going anywhere except as you dictate. Added benefit of this grip is great control or pouring. You can pour with the wrist or more sensitive pouring by rolling the handle between your finger. Cool!
I had a big problem with smaller handles as well, then I was enlightened by Toru ... now I use this grip more than any other.
More ... of course. If I purchased one and I like the artisan after handling, then more is always an option.
I got this pot today. 1 week to the UK and didnt pick up customs charges as I picked economy
Its an incredible piece. The attention to detail is sublime and in a different league to the cheaper pieces I've handled by this artist. As soon as I got it out of the box it just felt perfect and right. I don't always get that with high end pots (one of the gambles of buying online) but its lovely when it instantly clicks as soon as you pull it out the box and mime pouring. Akira Hojo sent me about 8 detailed pictures when I expressed my interest. Which helps a lot but its nothing like that first time you actually handle something.
I just missed the two Shiggy. I was "Shimuzing" with Hojo and thought to myself I wish there was a plain Masaki Tachi Shigaraki (sieved version) Kyusu ... I should have asked, drat!
Great looking kyusu and size! Enjoy!
Stentor wrote:And Chip broke the bank. But it looks like it was worth it. These are incredible.