Tetsu-yakan (1.5L)

Brand: Tetsubin - Kobo Takahashi
65,000 yen ($414.37 USD)

Iron Kettle with removable handle / volume:1.5L / base diameter: 11.5cm

Because of its unique design, more similar to a regular kettle than a traditional tetusbin, craftsman Daieki Takahashi refers to this as a Tetsu-yakan, Yakan being the word for an ordinary tea kettle. This kettles distinctive handle is removable.

Takahashi produces beautifully crafted, lightweight cast iron kettles at his workshop in Iwate Prefecture. His tetsubin are a mix of uniquely contemporary original designs along with more traditional styles. Producing the handmade tetsubin is an arduous process that require several dozen individual steps from start to completion.

Iron kettles have many benefits including helping to provide supplemental iron, removing the smell of chlorine from tap water for a better tasting cup of tea, and retaining heat for long periods. With proper care, tetsubin can be used and passed on for generations.

*Tetsubin are fully iron kettles (they do not have an enamel interior) and are only designed for boiling water. They should not be used for brewing tea.

Daieki Takahashi was born in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. At 19, he entered a Nanbu Tekki workshop to learn the craft. He left after only two years to pursue a different path but returned to making iron kettles after 5 years in an unrelated field. He continued to work and further train in the craft at a studio in Morioka for 14 years before leaving to establish an independent workshop in 2010. He has since been producing iron kettles in a variety of original designs.


  • Dimensions: Dia 16cm x H 12cm (incl handle 19cm)
  • Volume: 1.5L
  • Weight: 1355g
  • Material: Iron
  • Heat Source: Gas Burners / IH
  • Product No: TK-100-2
  • Made in Japan