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Is this a good tetsubin to buy for the price?

by Vuanguyen » May 18th 19 3:35 am

Hello everyone.

I have saved enough money to purchase a tetsubin. Instead of buying a lower end tetsubin and upgrading as I go, I decided just to use all my saved money on one good tetsubin and never buy another one again. I came across this website, and they have a tetsubin that fit all my criteria (https://www.entoten.com/product/cast-ir ... tsumegata/)

Criteria:
1) no urushi coating inside
2) no urushi coating black spots inside (https://hojotea.com/img/tetsubin_pho11.jpg). The owner emailed the artist and she told me that that his fabrication method resulted in no urushi black spot inside. I don't want any substance touching my water beside the iron.
3) mushikui handle

I really want a kettle from Suzuki Morihisa but nothing is available for sale. Hojo told me that it would take 3 years. This is too long for me. My only fear is that this artist is from Tokyo and I don't know if tetsubin maker from Tokyo make quality product. I googled his name (Yokotsuka Yutaka) but nothing came up.

Bottom line is...is this a good quality tetsubin for the price?

Thank you in advance.

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Re: Is this a good tetsubin to buy for the price?

by pantry » May 21st 19 6:01 am

Vuanguyen wrote: Hello everyone.

I have saved enough money to purchase a tetsubin. Instead of buying a lower end tetsubin and upgrading as I go, I decided just to use all my saved money on one good tetsubin and never buy another one again. I came across this website, and they have a tetsubin that fit all my criteria (https://www.entoten.com/product/cast-ir ... tsumegata/)

Criteria:
1) no urushi coating inside
2) no urushi coating black spots inside (https://hojotea.com/img/tetsubin_pho11.jpg). The owner emailed the artist and she told me that that his fabrication method resulted in no urushi black spot inside. I don't want any substance touching my water beside the iron.
3) mushikui handle

I really want a kettle from Suzuki Morihisa but nothing is available for sale. Hojo told me that it would take 3 years. This is too long for me. My only fear is that this artist is from Tokyo and I don't know if tetsubin maker from Tokyo make quality product. I googled his name (Yokotsuka Yutaka) but nothing came up.

Bottom line is...is this a good quality tetsubin for the price?

Thank you in advance.
I personally think it's overpriced. For that price you can probably get a tetsubin from a better known maker. I'm not sure why you don't want urushi coating, as that's just tree sap to prevent the iron from rusting / eroding. The chagama we used in cha no yo classes all have urushi coating. I got mine used for less than $200, including shipping. I think if possible it's better to try handling different tetsubins before splurging on one. You really don't know what suits you without the necessary experiences

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Re: Is this a good tetsubin to buy for the price?

by chingwa » May 25th 19 1:36 pm

The Tetsubin seems like good quality. It doesn't give a good view of the interior which is annoying, but it seems to be the appropriate reduced iron surface.

The price seems too high however. Like by double, though it seems to be a larger kettle than many I've seen.

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Re: Is this a good tetsubin to buy for the price?

by dami11e » Dec 8th 19 5:42 pm

Hello everyone

I’ve got a request on the opposite end of the price spectrum as the OP.

I’m wondering what you all think of this tetsubin. https://www.amazon.com/SUTEAS-Tetsubin- ... 07B7H6Z6L/

Specifically, I’m looking at the 43 oz model.

I wonder if anyone has experience with this tetsubin in particular, as it appears that it is not lined with enamel and can function as a true kettle for boiling water.

Any thoughts? I understand it may not be handmade with traditional processes, but I’m also not sure that’s going to be such a significant difference. And it seems this might make a great entry level tetsubin, while saving up for a much better one.

Thanks!