Nambu Ironware, Iron Kettle, MARUGATA-KAI (Conch) ARARE, 1.1L, Shokado by Traditional Craftsman Shingo Kikuchi




The surface is coated with an antirust oxide layer using the traditional technique called kama-yaki (high temperature baking treatment), but as it is cast iron, rust may occur due to moisture and humidity.


This item will ship approximately one to two weeks after we receive your order.

We are delighted to introduce a remarkable Tetsubin that diverges from the creations of Oitomi. This particular Tetsubin has been skillfully fashioned by Shingo Kikuchi (菊池真吾), a revered traditional craftsman affiliated with Shokado. His workshop is established in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture, mirroring the geographical roots of our own establishment.

The distinction of a "traditional craftsman" is an official accolade granted by the Japanese government, attesting to the expertise and mastery of artisans who uphold advanced techniques and skills. Within the realm of Nambu Ironware, a select group of only a few dozen traditional craftsmen exist, and Shingo Kikuchi occupies a coveted place among them.

Nambu ironware owes its existence to two distinct methodologies: Nama-gata, which employs sand molds, and Yaki-gata, involving the crafting of molds through the baking of clay. This Tetsubin, a masterpiece created through the Yaki-gata approach, emerges as an exceedingly scarce creation due to the limited number of pieces that can be produced from a single mold. As a result, it stands as a truly exceptional piece in terms of rarity.

Each arare pattern, a characteristic motif of Nambu ironware, exhibits an elegantly swirled design. The entirety of this piece, including the conch shell adorning the lid's finial, draws inspiration from the conch shell motif. The intricate nature of the arare pattern renders its successful completion a rarity, leading to a low yield of flawlessly crafted pieces. This complexity contributes to its value as a precious creation.

Noteworthy are the small apertures embellishing the handle. Forged and shaped from a single sheet of iron, this handle carries a distinctive significance. Beyond its functional purpose of preventing the handle from overheating, it embodies a quintessentially Japanese aesthetic rooted in the tea ceremony tradition, symbolizing an embrace of the beauty found in the evolution of time.

Within, a technique known as kama-yaki imparts an oxidized film to the interior, with the absence of any paint. The resulting partial reddening in certain areas is a natural outcome of the "kama-yaki" baking process. It's important to acknowledge that this characteristic is a standard aspect stemming from the baking technique.

Although this Tetsubin commands a higher price compared to other models, its allure lies in the Yaki-gata technique, its bold and traditional aesthetic compositions, and the personal inscription of the traditional craftsman, "南部 真吾" (Nambu Shingo). United by these attributes, this special Tetsubin is poised to accompany you through a lifetime of enjoyment.

Kindly be advised that this item is also available for purchase at our physical store, with stock availability subject to timing. We kindly ask for your understanding that instances may arise wherein an ordered item is temporarily unavailable.

Moreover, it is prudent to recognize that due to the handcrafted nature of each piece, minor deviations might be present between the actual product and the photographs provided.


Cast iron, Steel(handle), Surface: Japanese lacquer baking finish Interior: Oxidized film finish by kama-yaki (unglazed), no coating

Suitable for all stovetops including induction

We have confirmed that the product can be used with 100V(200V NOT RECOMMENDED), but some models may not respond, please contact the manufacturer.


Height: 19cm
Width (including spout): Approx. 17 cm
Girth diameter: 14cm
Bottom diameter: about 9cm
Weight: 1.3kg
Capacity: 1.1L (full of water)

Handle: Fixed


When using induction heating, use in the low to medium heat range.
Do not wash with detergent.
Do not wash using a sponge or scrubber.
Wipe off the excess water around the lid and other parts well, as discoloration and rusting can easily occur.
Please note that cooking near this pot may result in oil stains and discoloration due to oil splashes.
If the gas flame reaches the body of the pot, the part is likely to discolor, so be careful not to increase the heat too much.

To make tea and coffee great

The water boiled in Nambu iron kettle tastes mellow and sweet even when drunk straight.

This is due to the effect of iron leaching into the hot water, but in order for the iron to leach out, the inside cannot be enameled or otherwise treated, and rust is liable to occur.

Nambu ironware is baked using the traditional technique called kama-yaki to produce an oxide layer on the surface. It leads to "rust resistance" and "water quality improvement" and makes tea and coffee taste better.


International Shipping Available

All items are eligible for international shipping.

Items are manufactured after receiving orders and will be shipped from Japan in about 1-2 months(Maximum 3 months for items labeled "made-to-order").
The schedule may be revised depending on destination countries, shipping companies, and changes of customs rules.


About Customs Duties and Taxes

Your final payment on our website includes the price of the product and shipping costs, but does not include any other fees required for international shipping, such as import taxes, customs duties, and other fees.

Please be aware that in all cases you are responsible for paying any import fees applied to your order.

These fees are set in detail for each country and region, and the rules are revised frequently. Please make sure that information is up to date when you place an order.

Refunds due to customs or import issues that are not our responsibility will not be accepted.

You may also like