Authentic Nara Tea Whisk

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Score: 5.00. Votes: 10

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, 22:01
    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.
  • Catherine Moore
    Oct 27, 2014, 21:50
    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.
  • Alina Panaitescu
    Sep 2, 2014, 22:58
    I love this whisk, excellent quality!
  • Tim Willis-Crowley
    Jul 29, 2014, 01:56
    Very lovely whisk - better than the imports I have bought in London - much finer and clearly better crafted. 
  • James Winterbottom
    Jun 2, 2014, 23:34
    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. 
  • WAI MAN LAM
    May 20, 2014, 12:00
    I owned both the Chinese matcha whisk ( bought from taobao ) and Japanese matcha whisk from O-Cha. Overall the Japanese one is much superior to the Chinese in several ways: 1) The Japanese tea whisk fit nicely on the Whisk stand, while the Chinese one does not fit ( the prongs do not lock well with the Whisk stand ) 2) The Japanese one is much lighter. I could whisk the matcha easier. 3) The Japanese ones' prongs are also stronger than the Chinese ones'. You will know when you ground them against the bowl. Extra benefit when you are whisking the matcha vigorously
  • Áron Macsicza
    Feb 12, 2014, 05:11
    This is my first tea whisk ever and so far I am very satisfied, it is a high quality hand-made product. It comes with a sturdy plastic box which is ideal for transporting the tea whisk.
  • Panot Uttamayotin
    Oct 17, 2013, 18:25
    It is softer than China made. A handle is smaller than China so at first it is hard to control but afterward found that it takes less speed and time of making froth. I recommend this than China made.
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