How to Care for Metalwork
The history of metalwork in Japan can be traced back to the Yayoi period (About 300 BC to 300 AD). Bronze and iron were imported from the continent at the same time, leading to the development of metalwork in various regions of Japan.
The main techniques used in Japanese metalwork are casting, forging, hammering, and engraving. The metals used in Japanese metalwork are gold, silver, copper, tin, iron- known since ancient times as the “Go-Kin” means five metals, and alloys. Each metal has a different luster, strength, thermal conductivity, heat retention, moisture resistance, and corrosion resistance.
Let's talk about how to take care of Japanese metalwork, for each metal.
TECHNIQUES OF JAPANESE METALWORK
Casting is called “Imono" in Japanese, it is a forming technique in which metal is melted by heat and poured into a mold (wax, clay, sand, plaster, wood, etc.)
A technique made with iron, or iron alloy heated in a forge, is hammered and stretched. Especially known as a technique for Japanese swords (Katana), knifes, cutlery, etc. The Forging of knives is called "Uchihamono".
A technique of forming with a sheet of metal by striking it with a hammer. “Uchi-dashi" or “Tsuiki” is a technique in which a plate is stretched by hammering to form a three-dimensional object. The technique of "Shibori," in which a various shape of hammer is used to create the shape with each patterns of hammer, is a technique that has developed uniquely in Japanese metalworks.
A technique of carving patterns and lines on the surface of formed metal. There is a technique of carving with a chisel to create patterns, and another technique using different metals as inlays, called “Zogan”.
Japanese Metalworks has a wide range of products from tableware to cookware. Each time it is used, the colors become deeper with age, and it becomes a part of each family' s life.
Since metal products have high thermal conductivity, drinkware is suitable for cold drinks. In particular, tinware is a perfect match for cold sake, which has attracted the attention of Japanese restaurants and sake brewers.
Be careful not to burn yourself, as any metal container filled with hot food or drinks can get very hot.
MICROWAVE & OVEN & DISHWASHER
Please avoid using microwave. All metal products are not microwave-safe.
For oven use, please follow the instructions for each item or metal. For example, ironware pans can be used in the oven, but tinware should never be placed in the oven or over an open flame.
The use of dishwashers and harsh detargents depends on each product, but in general, hand wash with mild dishwashing detergent is recommended.
COMMON CARE INSTRUCTIONS
After each use, gently hand wash with a soft cloth or sponge and dishwashing detergent. Avoid using cleansers, metal scrubs, and scrapers, or follow the care instructions for each product and metal.
After washing, wipe off the water well with a dry cloth to prevent discoloration and rusting.
To avoid scratches or damage from falling, store in a stable cabinet or in a safe place.
FEATURES AND SPECIAL CARE OF EACH METALS
Each metal has its own unique nature, such as thermal conductivity and strength. Learn about the features of each metal and follow the care instructions.
Japanese Metalwork is a practical and beautiful craft that utilizes the characteristics of each metal. Some items may seem very delicate and require a lot of care and attention, but all of them have a great charm that outweighs the effort.
Loving the changes over time is what makes Japanese tableware what it is. Enjoy the products as you care for them and they become a part of your life.