Posted 4 months ago
This Roji tetsu kyusu is 6" in diameter x 3" high, minus spout and lid, and weighs 2.5 lbs. It is not marked. I did not check the volume but suspect it holds about 16 ounces of water. The celadon yunomi are 3.25" in diameter x 2.25" high and are indistinctly marked on the bottom. One yunomi has a "Made in Japan" label. I was able to locate other examples of these cups with clear marks which look like three progressively larger, or smaller depending on your perspective, triangles joined at the base. I added a clear image of the mark to image #3. I have seen this mark before, but do not remember the kiln. This set was opened, but has never been used.
The finishing of the tetsu kyusu is excellent. No finish grinding marks are visible. The finish has been worn off the point of the finial due to the negligence of the seller. The cups, despite the muddy maker's mark, are very well shaped and glazed.
I paid only $7.50 for this set, a pretty good price as Roji is a high end Japanese maker of cast iron cookware. Their products are not common in the U.S. but appear to be more common in New Zealand and Australia. The seller's packing was horrible and the finial of the lid poked through the presentation box during shipment. It is a testament to the sturdiness of the yunomi that they arrived undamaged. My first piece of Roji cast iron. Very nice set. During my research, I found Roji's web site but was unable to locate it when I did this post. If I come across it later, I will add it.