A genuine cast iron teapot adds extra weight (in a double sense) to the test round. This little masterpiece from the Japanese foundry Kikuchi Hojudo is made from a special iron, wazuqu (和銑), which is produced from "iron sand"*. The foundry was established in 1604 and is now in its 15th generation.
The teapot is elegant with an unusual oval shape. The inside is enameled to prevent the tea from disolve iron. A teapot that is both classic and modern at the same time. It holds about 5.5 dl.
*) The production is an ancient tradition, but during the turbulent 20th century the tradition was lost for two years. It took 20 years(!) for Tetsushi Nagano (長野垤志, 1900-1977) to recreate the method, which now lives on.