For those considering purchasing a new kettle, Southern Ironware might be on the radar. The kettle from Southern Ironware is known as "Nambu Tekki,...Read more
Nambu ironware finds its roots in the mid-17th century, emerging alongside the Nambu samurai clan's rule over northern Iwate Prefecture. The Nambu clan invited adept foundry artisans from Kyoto and beyond to shape intricate pieces such as Buddhist altars and tea kettles. Our own legacy, named Oitomi, was established in 1848. As a united collective of skilled craftsmen, our unwavering focus has centered on the art of creating Nambu ironware. With a history spanning over 170 years, we've diligently safeguarded and passed down our exceptional skills and revered customs, ensuring their seamless continuation into the contemporary era.
In Japan, a plethora of diverse tetsubin types can be found. Currently, tetsubin production is not limited to our location in Iwate Prefecture (kno...Read more
"Can Nambu Ironware be used in induction heating coker?" "I can’t buy Nambu Ironware since I use induction cooktop burner" We have frequently recei...Read more
Rust consistently develops, even when utilized by skilled artisans such as ourselves. This occurrence should not raise significant concern un...Read more
In the year 1884, a significant fire engulfed the city of Morioka, during which iron kettles were buried. Strikingly, these kettles underwent tra...Read more
I own the Square Arare, Starry Night, and have ordered a Tateme as a Christmas present. Additionally, I recently purchased a Kotohogi trivet mat and an Amabie iron ingot. I have been a vegetarian for over 30 years, and the extra iron in my diet is important. Overall, everything I have bought from Oitomi is a beautiful fusion of art and functionality. I can’t recommend them enough.
We love our new tea kettle. Tea is a part of our everyday lives so we were keen on finding a kettle that would fit into this routine. This kettle is not only beautiful and rings with the craftsmanship of its maker, but also the perfect capacity for our needs. We are grateful to have access to some of Japan's traditions from abroad through Oitomi and also very much appreciated the prompt and friendly customer service from them during the process of finding and purchasing a kettle. Thank you!
Nambu Ironware, 2-in-1 Iron kettle and teapot type, HISAGO, 0.5L
After buying a oitomi cast iron kettle a couple of weeks ago I realised that it should have a trivet mat and so I came back to the oitomi website to buy one. There are so many beautiful mat's to choose from. I kept coming back to this one and so I am now honoured to own another hand crafted iron artwork. The kettle is happy to have a good company. Thank you again for keeping the old ways alive and for the high quality standards. Best regards
I was glad to learn this design was available. These are so nice! The arare pattern creates an optical illusion but it is the texture of the center that really contrasts the rest of the piece. It resembles the moon to me. I've been pleased with everything Oitomi has sent.
I love the complexity of this design. It is quite stunning.
This is the most lovely trivet I have ever seen. It is very ornately detailed. Serving as the base for my tetsubin its beauty is revealed when a cup is poured.
I’ve been hearing about the benefits of boiling water in the iron pot. How amazing it is that we can consume much needed iron as we sip tea. We found this company and found out they ship overseas. The design is gorgeous. The customer care was swift. It makes our kitchen looks very posh as well. I will be ordering another model as well. They are just so pretty%21 Thank you for your beautiful creations. Amazing craftsmanship as well.
Hi, I received my new kettle yesterday and would like to thank you all for the hard work that goes into making this beautiful iron artwork. I now have a duty to care for it so it can be used for many years. Again, thank you to all the OITOMI team.
This tetsubin is more lovely in person than it is in the pictures. While researching Oitomi with the intention of purchasing their sandwich pan, I came across Yuzu K’s youtube channel. There she showed a kettle along with the most beautiful trivet I have ever seen. After ordering their Okoze Pan and experiencing Oitomi’s fabulous craftsmanship and warm customer service, I saved some money and and purchased a tetsubin, trivets, and some bottle openers.
The kettle is absolutely stunning, especially at this price point. The artists put extraordinary attention to detail in their pieces, and it shows. It is the centerpiece of the Nambu Tekki display that I refer to as our family hearth.
This purchase was part of a lifestyle change for my wife and I as we have endeavored to eat healthier meals and with smaller portions. Nothing says “I love you” more than serving a meal with functional art of this calibre.
This pan was my first purchase from Oitomi. I had already purchased a small tamagoyaki pan from another foundry in the same Prefecture, and when I saw the Okoze Pan, I knew I had to add it to my collection. The Okoze pan is based on the sandwich makers that have been around for many decades in the United States, except with the stellar quality of Nambu Tekki.
This is a two piece item so in addition to the ability to flip a sandwich or a piece of meat over a camp fire, the pan could also cook two items separately, such as an egg with a small steak, or two portions of fish—whatever you want to bring to camp! The included denim case protects it against some of the other items in your camping bag. It doesn’t have to be limited to the outdoors because it still looks classy as part of a tablescape.
I was initially unsure about ordering internationally, but was pleasantly delighted to find that they are a very professional company that stands behind their products. I have quite a lot of cast iron made in the United States but branched out to Nambu Tekki because I wanted the Japanese aesthetic. The Okoze Pan was a test to see how smoothly the ordering process would work and I came away from the transaction with a close friend. The best part about ordering from Oitomi has been the fact that our family has built a relationship with the company and didn’t have to deal with a distributor. We’ve since ordered quite a few things from Oitomi and they have always shipped quickly and packaged with care.
Arkansas, United States
The Labo2 is a donabe style pot perfect for cooking 2 cups of rice. My wife loves it! Keep in mind that Nambu Tekki is a bit more porous than USA made cast iron, so a tawashi-style brush is the best way to clean it. Over time, however, it becomes much more smooth than US brands who don't specifically machine the cooking surface (I have no experience with premium US made cast iron).
It is worthy to note that the handle of the lid screws into place and is not molded, so be mindful to examine the screw itself when cleaning and seasoning the lid so as to avoid rust in that area.
Oitomi delivered quickly and the pot was packaged excellently. I encourage everyone to experience the fine craftsmanship and top-tier customer service for themselves. Order with absolute confidence!
Arkansas, United States