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    Posted 2 years ago

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    This Iwachu cast iron trivet is 5.5" in diameter and about .5" high and has the Iwachu mark on the bottom. It weighs about 11.7 ounces. It came in its original box with a bit of documentation. It is new old stock from a seller who had several trivets. Two of them were the standard black hobnail variety and two were brown and had floral designs. The black hobnail trivets best match my tea sets, but I just liked the brown ones better as I think they are more interesting. I bought one of them and about a week later went back and bought the other one after doing quite a bit of searching and not finding anything else similar by Iwachu. The black hobnail trivets seem to comprise the overwhelming majority of trivets produced by Iwachu. I have not received the second brown one, yet. This one is kettle size, and second one is smaller, about 4" in diameter and teapot size. I will do a post for it when I receive it. No idea how old these are but guessing circa 1990-2010 as the packaging has the current Iwachu mark.

    "For over a hundred years, Iwachu, located in Morioka Prefecture, Japan, has been one of the most well known and respected manufacturers of modern Nanbu ironware. Today, craftsmen at Iwachu pay respect to this tradition by infusing each Iwachu product with precision handcraftsmanship throughout the manufacturing process. Iwachu's tetsubin (iron tea pots) and cookware have earned a well deserved worldwide reputation for their superior quality, beauty, and lasting durability.

    The production process of making Tetsubin usually consists of 64 to 68 steps. At Iwachu, most of this process is still done by hand and quality is strictly maintained and controlled by a master craftsman known as a "kamashi". It requires at least 15 years to become a full-fledged craftsman, and 30-40 years to become a "kamashi"."

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my Iwachu trivet PhilDMorris, Vynil33rpm, Watchsearcher, Thomas, jscott0363, Jenni, Kevin, fortapache, blunderbuss2, dav2no1 and dlpetersen!
    2. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 2 years ago
      Very nice. I'll bet you're an expert at Trivet Pursuit.
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Ouch, Toyrebel! Lol. Thanks for taking a look at my trivet!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you aura and officialfuel!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks kivatinitz!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you SEAN68!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my Iwachu trivet Eileen!
    8. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 2 years ago
      Ooh, that sakura-blossom-and-buds design is gorgeous! Nice find.

      It's great that you got new old stock too. A couple of my used trivets lack those little rubber covers that go onto the "legs" and I have no idea how to replace them. Luckily yours are intact!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      I found them on ebay, rhineisfine!

      With the information from the auction, you might also find them on

      Thanks for your comment! This trivet is generally pretty expensive, but I found this new in box one for $10.

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