The old town of Takayama in Nara prefecture is where the Chasen was first invented 500 years ago. The traditional Chasen crafting involves the choice of perfect bamboo, a lengthy process of strengthening and drying the bamboo and superior craftsmanship by the Chasen master. The extra effort and time required brings the best out of the taste of the Matcha.
We feature Suikaen's exquisite handcrafted Chasen products made by Chasen master Taniguchi-san, who carries the torch of Chasen crafting tradition passed along for 25 generations. Their Chasen is made without using any chemicals, allowing for an extremely elegant naturally scented bamboo whisk that perfectly compliments your best cup of Matcha.
More Prongs or Less Prongs?
I find it fascinating how these whisks are made. With one cut of fine bamboo, they knife apart one side, beautifully forming the prongs.
So naturally, the thinner the prongs, the more prongs you’ll get. This makes it easier to mix Matcha, but it also means they’re more brittle too.
If you're starting out, try 100 or 120 prongs. Easier to mix. Once you get used to it, your second Chasen can be an 80 or a 'Kazuho' which is 70 prongs. This will enhance longevity.
Here are some recommendations that may help!
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Black Bamboo Whisk 100 prongs - by Suikaen
This naturally black bamboo whisk is a stunning alternative to the more common white bamboo whisk, stringed beautifully with wine red and gold. Definitely photogenic for Instagramers! The 100 prongs help ease the mixing of Matcha as well.
Foaming Bamboo Whisk - by Suikaen
A bit intrigued by the vigorous mixing requirement for Matcha? Especially designed for ladies with smaller hands, the Foaming Chasen has a longer and thinner handle, making it much easier to hold and mix. This handsome piece is stringed with cobalt and light blue.