Japanese Cast Iron Kettle Handles: Fixed vs. Movable - Which Is Best for You?

We offer two main types of handles for our iron kettles, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. We classify them in the product descriptions and category menu on our online store.

1. Fixed Handle:

Advantages: The handle is fixed in place, making it easy to hold and pour. Larger capacity kettles are typically designed with fixed handles to prioritize ease of use and stability.

Historically, fixed handles have been the standard and tend to be more expensive.

Disadvantages: Requires consideration of space when storing. However, as most iron kettles are smaller in size compared to traditional kettles, this may not be a significant concern.

2. Movable Handle:

This design is commonly found in smaller teapot-sized kettles and became widespread in the 1950s. It was designed to make pouring water from other containers or kettles easier.

Advantages: The handle can be swiveled to facilitate handling when brewing tea. It can also be folded for easy storage in spaces like kitchen cabinets.

Disadvantages: Over time, the handle may loosen with prolonged use.

Fun Fact About Iron Kettle Handles:

Our handles are made from steel, allowing for bending and stretching using forging techniques. Iron kettles are crafted to combine the properties of both cast iron and steel materials.

We hope this information helps you choose the perfect iron kettle for your needs!