why this product

Strong, durable and flexible, the natural sisal fiber used to create this brush is soft enough even for cleaning coated pans and delicate glassware. Unlike plastic scrubbers, sisal fibers are naturally biodegradable.

The brush is made by a century-old company by the name of Kamenoko Tawashi, Japanese for “turtle scrubber.” Turtles and tortoises are symbols of longevity in Japanese culture. The name refers to the shape of the brushes as well as their long-lasting durability.

use & care

Immerse in water before use to soften the fiber. Rinse well and keep dry after use.

production & design

As a little boy, Seizaemon Nishio created a floor mat for his family home out of palm fiber.  In 1907, when Mr. Nishio was 32 years old, he founded Kamenoko Tawashi, focusing on natural palm brushes for the household.

The brushes begin with harvesting, cleaning, and sorting the raw fibers by hand with plants ranging from coconuts, palm, and agave. The fibers are hand-cut to uniform size, then packed and wound against a wire pin. The craftsmen assigned to this job use their long thumbnails to slowly flatten out the fibers. With the aid of a machine, the craftsmen slowly churns and turns the flattened, wire-bound fibers until a long, cylindrical shape emerges. The two ends are then bound together securely using pliers.

about the designer

Japanese Sisal Brush

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Sisal (agave) fiber brush for household and kitchen use. Soft fibers suitable for scrubbing on most kitchenware, including coated pans and delicate glassware. Handmade in Japan since 1903. Available in Small and Large.

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    Large size:
    4 inches diameter x 2 inches thick
    (10 cm x 5 cm)

    Small size: 
    2 inches diameter x 1 inch thick 
    (5 cm x 2 ½ cm)

    Sisal (agave) fiber

    Made in

  • Product Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000283374

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  • We accept complimentary returns within 30 days of receipt if the item is unused and in original condition.
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