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    Posted 3 months ago

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    I had concluded my kyusu collecting with the provision that I might add unusual examples in the future if I came across one that was both odd and inexpensive and lo and behold this one popped up. It is an 8 ounce pot, so a small one. The handle hinged and swivels to the side. It has a Kotobuki label under the lid which suggests that it has never been used. No idea when this one was made or what the Japanese name for it is. This is the only example of this kyusu I could find which propelled my purchase.

    It is missing its infuser which is a major pain as Iwachu has produced a dizzying array of kyusu in various shapes, sizes and colors and I have not found a good source for buying replacement infusers. As a warning to folks who happen across a nice used Iwachu kyusu sans infuser, it may be difficult or impossible to find one that fits since both the diameter and depth of the infusers are critical. I have had very little luck (meaning zero luck) in finding replacement infusers and in a couple of instances have bought second, similar pots which came with their infuser so I would be able to use both pots. Right now, it is still possible to find inexpensive, used Iwachu kyusu in the US but that may not always be the case. Kotobuki, on their web site, sometimes offers replacement infusers or at least gives the part number for some of the kyusu they sell but is very inconsistent in doing so. I have not yet been able to find any infuser that I need on their site. Third party infusers have not worked out at all, either.

    BTW, today is the first day that my eyes have been close to normal again except for some occasional cloudiness which I am sure will clear up soon. Still trying to limit my computer time as that seems to put the most strain on them.

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    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 months ago
      Just love the design, simple, yet magical as if a magic lamp, I wish you great hope in finding the infuser, this one is a cracker !~
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 months ago
      Now, that's a very unique one! Very nice addition to your awesome collection!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks for your comment PhilDMorris! I agree, it is an inspired design.

      Thanks jscott0363! I am pretty happy with it...

      Thanks for loving my latest kyusu blunderbuss2, fortapache, Thomas, jscott0363, PhilDMorris and Jenni!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks for loving my newest Iwachu oddball kyusu Manikin, Kevin, Vynil33rpm, dav2no1, aura and Watchsearcher!
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      Phil’s right. It looks like a “genie lamp”. And I love the half handle, after all, that is all one needs to pour your tea!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks for your comments Eileen! You are right, the handle is just what is needed and no more.

      Thanks for loving my half there kyusu Eileen and Hoot60!
    7. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
      It's a mouse , it has to be a mouse.
      I love this shape!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Yep, I thought "mouse" the first time I saw it, Karen!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks nutsabotas6!

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