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Authentic Nara Tea Whisk

Score: 4.93. Votes: 14

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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  • Nancy Ung
    May 19, 2016, 13:18
    At first, I thought that I could just use my regular metal whisk to mix the powder into the water. This seemed to work okay. but always left some powder residue at the bottom of the chawan. I decided to take the plunge and purchased this Japanese bamboo whisk and it DOES make a difference. No more residue and a smoother matcha. Sits nicely to dry on the holder and it helps to maintain its shape. A great purchase!
  • Ethan Calder
    Apr 29, 2016, 09:32
    Beautifully crafted, high quality item. I debated between getting this and an electric whisk, and I'm very happy I chose this.
  • Casey
    Apr 7, 2016, 08:46
    A quality instrument for sure, and essential for mixing your matcha, but I can't help but feel the quality has slipped just the tiniest bit from when I purchased the same item a few years ago. Something about the tines, or the wood used, I can't quite put my finger on it. Still eminently serviceable and replaced the aformentioned older whisk just fine.
  • Betty Angwenyi
    Apr 6, 2016, 01:46
    Can't do without this item; it's ESSENTIAL for making a smooth, well-distributed. While I had some misunderstandings on how to use the product at first (prongs come curled but will straighten out after first whisking) it works beautifully. If you buy nothing else besides tea, consider this whisk and it's holder. Also beautifully crafted and I appreciate it's fine, delicate workmanship.
  • 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. 

Product questions

  • Kathy
    Mar 12, 2016, 22:42

    Hi, there,
    Many places sell a 100-prong whisk, but you don't. It seems like 100 would be easier or faster. I'm sure there is a reason why you have chosen not to carry one. Could you explain? Thanks! Staff
    Mar 13, 2016, 00:46

    There are over one hundred of types of whisks which we have available to us. We could easily buy 100 prong whisks but more prongs does not mean easier or faster. For example, we sell a whisk for koicha (thick) matcha which only has 48 prongs, this is appropriate for that matcha due to the thickness of koicha. The current whisk we sell with 65-72 prongs works perfectly for every type of matcha we sell, is made in Japan, and is of the highest quality. Most web sites which sell matcha are selling inferior Chinese made tea whisks that may look the same but will not last as long.