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Authentic Nara Tea Whisk

Authentic Nara Tea Whisk
bamboo matcha green tea whisk Nara tea whisk maker
 
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Consisting of 65-72 prongs, this whisk is handmade in Nara, Japan and should not to be confused with imports from China that you will commonly encounter from most tea shops. There are over 120 different types of Nara tea whisks that vary according to the type of material used, shape and number of splines which will vary  according to the school of tea, the kind of matcha (thick or regular thin type) which will be served, and various other factors. We chose this particular chasen for general purpose matcha drinking. 

About our bamboo tea whisk suppler (view detailed images) - Sabun Kubo Born 1940 and started making tea whisks in 1964. He is an artisan very keen on protecting traditional crafts.

Differences between Japanese and Chinese tea whisks... The vast majority of tea whisks encountered on the market are copeis made in China, not Japan. There is almost no market for matcha whisks within China itself, nearly all are exported abroad and surprisingly, even to Japan. Japanese craftsmen start the whisk making process using a sharp knife to chip the end of the bamboo, giving it a clean sharp break, whereas in China it  tends to be done with a file. Because of this, the tip of the whisk prongs of Japanese whisks are known to last longer. The bamboo used in Japanese whisks is superior and is dried for well over a year before use, no fungacides are used when producing Nara tea whisks. A real Japanese whisk will cost 2 or 3 times more than a Chinese whisk, naturally. It certainly is possible to make matcha with a Chinese made whisk but for long term reliability, we recommend that you invest in the real deal.

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Tammy Whitley
May 23, 2015
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Very beautiful piece. I just rinse it under water when done, put it on the holder, and done. I did buy the ceramic holder, figuring it worth the small investment. It matches my bowl nicely too. Nicely made and packaged well.

Advantages: Easy to manipulate, even with arthritis and carpal tunnel symptoms in my hands.

Disadvantages: The rounded edges at the outside bottom edge do not seem to be as tightly curled as they first were. Perhaps this is normal. I have no comparison, so not sure about this.
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Catherine Moore
Oct 27, 2014
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I am finding that this whisk is definitely preferable to the metal type that I used while awaiting my purchase from O-cha in that I can make a much frothier matcha.

Advantages: Makes a nice matcha. I read some online reviews stating that the Japanese chasen are made with a very sharp knife rather than a saw. The Chinese made whisks are created with a saw and will not last as long, and rather than oven drying the bamboo (which takes a considerable period of time) the Chinese use a chemical agent to speed up drying which gives the chasen a chemical oder. In addition, the chemicals are released into the water when the whisk is used. Not my cup of tea.

Disadvantages: None that I can see.
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Alina Panaitescu
Sep 2, 2014
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I love this whisk.excellent quality!
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Tim
Jul 29, 2014
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Very lovely whisk - better than the imports I have bought in London - much finer and clearly better crafted.
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James Winterbottom
Jun 2, 2014
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Very Nice whisk and you can tell the quality right away if you have ever used the cheap Chinese mass produced ones. This whisk will last a very long time. Mixes thicker matcha very well, thinner matcha takes some effort however.

Advantages: Hand Crafted
Quality Product
Mixes thicker matcha perfectly

Disadvantages: Not so good for thinner matcha but still better then cheap knock off ones from certain tea places here in Ontario.
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