Hakutan Chunk by Sort of Coal
Finish: Black Matte
Materials: Korean Holm oak
Ø 10cm - 13 cm | Ø 3.9” - 5” | 16 cm | 6.2”
Handcrafted in Japan
Equally pleasing to the eye, body and mind, this aesthetic chunk of powerful White Charcoal made from hard Korean Holm oak is a natural and electricity-free air freshener for any room, but we think it works especially well in the bathroom or kitchen where it will effectively regulate humidity levels, while cleansing the air of pollution, steam and odours. White Charcoal, or ?active charcoal? has long been known for its purifying, enriching and restorative benefits. In Japan a HAKUTAN is often placed next to the computer, where the negative ions that it emits help to neutralize the harmful effects of electromagnetic waves. As an added benefit, negative ions are airborne vitamins for your spirits and sense of wellbeing.
PROCESS: First, ubame oak is baked at low temperatures in a handmade clay kiln. The temperature is then rapidly increased before the embers are starved of oxygen by shutting the opening to the firebox, thereby preserving the carbon content of the wood.It’s that last step that differs from typical charcoal making, allowing Binchotan to retain around 97% of its carbon content. Once used, each charcoal product goes back to nature as a rich fertilizer.Kishu Binchotan remains the finest, densest and purest form and is hand-made through a slow process over six weeks. This process is passed down through generations and the ritual around it is cherished greatly.
PROPERTIES: For centuries, White Charcoal has been known for its purifying, enriching and restorative properties. Filled with countless microcavities, the surface area of just one gram of the material equals 250 m2, around the size of a tennis court.This allows White Charcoal to absorb impurities from water, air or even skin, while releasing vital minerals absorbed by the living tree, such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.With that, White Charcoal can turn tap water into pure mineral water, remove odors from the air, and work as a balancing agent for the body through the flood of negative ions it emits.Despite the intensity of the activity taking place within White Charcoal, its surface is hard and beautiful; like a piece of porcelain.