Alubru-Ran ~ A brush set from Japan, perfect for any kitchen

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With a handle that attaches to multiple types of cleaning heads, this made in Japan brush set will help with all your cleaning needs!

Aisen Industrial

2022.6.28

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With a handle that attaches to multiple types of cleaning heads, this made in Japan brush set will help with all your cleaning needs!

Aisen Industrial

2022.6.28

Making cleaning in the kitchen a breeze!

We here at Aisen are located in Kainan City, Wakayama Prefecture, and are makers of goods for the home.

Since long ago, Kainan City has been a city that has focused on the creation of goods for the home. In particular goods that are used in areas such as the kitchen and bathroom are made here more than any area of Japan!

For this project, using the techniques and skills that we have cultivated over the years as well as collaborating with another industry that Kainan City is proud of, urushi lacquer work, we want to create a special brush set for those that want a stylish solution for those that are stuck on how to store their cleaning supplies! This set is the Alubru Urushi Brush Set!

Project Outline

When you’re cleaning in the kitchen, what are the items you use the most? For most it would be a scourer. But scourers can’t get to everything.The Alubru is a brush made using a strong aluminium handle, with four different heads. These different heads are the much asked for natural fibre brush head, a stainless steel brush, a brush for use on gas hobs, and our bottle cleaner brush that uses special Trepica fibres. All these heads can be stored securely in the special box stand!

The stand allows for the brushes to drain into it after use. You need to every so often make sure that the water is removed and then you wipe with a soft cloth. This is all you need to do to keep it clean.  

From the Natural Fibre Brush head that you will use often, 

To the gas hob brush that is great for removing hard to remove stains,

And the special Trepica fibre brush,

And the stainless steel brush, great for removing burnt parts on your fry pans, all of them can be removed and stored in one single case! 

We plan to make available other heads, so we want to make a set that suits you!


In January 2020, at the Maison&Objet2020 exhibition held in Paris,France, we were able to attend and show off our new designs to the attendees. A whole variety of designers from different industries recognised and praised our efforts, and during our initial Japanese crowdfunding endeavour, we also were able to gain the approval of backers there as well!

About the Returns

When placed in the kitchen it will bring a light atmosphere, and help you to enjoy your kitchen even more. This is the feeling that we want to bring to many people! As well as this we have created a Kickstarter exclusive version that employs the use of an technique that is at risk of being lost, a special marbling technique, ranshinuri (乱糸塗り).

Ranshi Nuri, or marbling, is a special method of painting lacquerware that creates streak-like patterns across the surface. This method has been gradually losing ground in Japan, even though it is a special way of painting, and the techniques employed to create these patterns naturally are at real risk of being lost. 

What is Trepica?

Trepica is a microfibre that is just 0.045mm thick, great for brush bristles, as it is perfect for getting into those hard to clean stains and dirt, breaking into them easily.

①Thinner than a human hair, this wonderfully thin fibre is just 0.045mm helping to clean grime

The Trepica brush uses fibres that are thinner than hair at 0.045mm.

When using the Trepica fibres to clean, these small fibres easily get into the cracks that can’t be seen easily by the human eye, and makes it really easy to break this dirt off the surface of the thing you are cleaning. (Japanese hair is said to be about 0.08mm thick on average) By adding soap and cleaning, you can be sure you are able to clean even deeper than you would normally with your current sponges or scourers.

②An Inordinate Amount of Superfine Fibres! Making sure you don’t miss a spot with this high density brush

Trepica isn’t only thin but also extremely dense, with each individual fibre being 1711 pcs/cm3, 10 times the density of normally generic fibres. By adding these thin dense fibres in large amounts, they can easily catch the dirt as the brush goes across the surface of the item you are cleaning.  It also means that when you use it with soap, it makes a really nice foam, great for cleaning!

③Won’t damage whatever you’re cleaning even when putting some force into it!

Another of Trepica’s merits is that it has an initial compressive stress index of 2.1mfg. This means that without putting much force into the brush and sponge when cleaning, you can remove the dirt and grime with relative ease. The lower the number when it comes to compressive stress , the more effective the sponge is with less force put into it while also not damaging the surface of the item that is being cleaned.

④A thick standing layer of brush that bounces back and lasts for a long time!

Trepica, when compared to other items, has thicker and denser fibres on the face of the sponge. Thanks to this density and thickness, it allows for it to be more elastic, which helps not only when cleaning, but also lets it return back to its original position, and improves its function as a sponge. The fibres on the face also don’t cave in meaning that you can use it for longer!

 Collaborating with Yoshihiko Fujii, a master of lacquerwork in Kuroe

Kainan City’s Kuroe district is a place where for over 400 years, Kuroe Lacquerware manufacturing has taken place, and with Aizu Lacquerware and Yamanaka Lacquer makes one of the big three lacquer producers in Japan. With this project, we don’t want to just make a normal product, but touch base with various producers and manufacturers in Kainan City and in particular the Kuroe district and let many people all over the world know about us! We are therefore really pleased to announce our collaboration with the lacquerware producer, Yoshihiko Fujii, for this project! 

Yoshihiko Fujii (藤井 嘉彦)

Born in 1965 in the Kuroe District. In order to prepare for entering the family business of lacquer work, he trained and gathered independently in the Middle East, USA, and Europe, eventually exporting lacquerware for department stores and so on. Wishing to bring lacquerware to more people for them to use regularly, he created in 2001, Nuri Koubou Fujii 「塗り工房ふじい」.

http://www.nuri-koubou.com/

In 2020, he collaborated with German high-quality tableware maker Nachtman, and created a whole new brand out of it. This brand focused on making the world's first glass lacquerware, and has been able to show off Kuroenuri on the global stage!


Specifications

Product Name: Alubru -Urushi- Ran

Product Size: 25.5cm x 6cm x 22.5cm

Package Size: 30.5cm x 9cm x 26cm

Accessories:

Aluminium Handle, Bottle Cleaner Brush head, Natural Fibre Brush head, Gas Hob Brush head, Stainless Steel Brush head, Kickstarter Exclusive Marbled Lacquer Stand Case

Bottle Cleaner Brush head

Natural Fibre Brush head

Gas Hob Brush head

Stainless Steel Brush head

We have prepared a special box for the brush set to arrive in, making it perfect not only as a luxurious gift for yourself, but also great for giving to others as well! 


How to use:

On each brush head there is a button that allows for easy release from the aluminium handle.To attach the brush to the handle you just push it down until you hear a click.

Cautions for use of the brushes:

If grime or dirt starts to stick to the brush, please use warm water and using a soft towel please gently remove the grime.

Please store away from direct sunlight as it may cause a change of shape or colour.

Please don’t scrub the brushes with a scourer or an abrasive detergent.

Please don’t use the brushes outside their original scope of purpose.

What is Aisen Industries?

Aisen was founded in 1946 (Showa 21). Originally we made under the Aisen trademark, scourers and brooms.  Aisen scourers were made with the idea to have a top quality image, which looked to create new values, invent and develop new materials, and pursue innovative functions that look to make the items easy to use, and overall looked to bring a new standard to product manufacturing.

Today at Aisen, we look to create everyday items that focus on the concept of clean. We not only want to bring you items that can help you clean, but also give you a better experience when you clean. Being there to support you while you clean up after you enjoy cooking a meal, and making your life easier by cutting the time you take doing so, we want to help you put a smile on your loved ones faces. Through various trials and test products, we hope to make the perfect product that will help you in the kitchen.

Today’s society is changing at a blistering pace day by day, and it is important now more than ever to put effort into production and manufacturing. We want to face each change and pursue items that people really want and need, and propose making these products to meet the needs of consumers. Many want to live comfortably while having fun. We want to try to change that and bring fun to cleaning.

This Project is promoted by Japankuru Funding, Bringing Japanese Products to the West!

 Schedule

Project Launches June 28th

Project Ends August 15th

Surveys go out End of August- Beginning of September

Returns Manufactured October-November 2022

Items shipped to Backers December- Jan 2023

Items arrive to Backers April 2023


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Aisen was founded in 1946 (Showa 21). Originally we made under the Aisen trademark, scourers and brooms. Aisen scourers were made with the idea to have a top quality image, which looked to create new values, invent and develop new materials, and pursue innovative functions that look to make the items easy to use, and overall looked to bring a new standard to product manufacturing.

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¥6,930 or more $54 | Alubru -Urushi- Ran

Get your own Alubru Set, which contains the Aluminium Handle, Bottle Cleaner Brush head, Natural Fibre Brush head, Gas Hob Brush head, Stainless Steel Brush head, and Kickstarter Exclusive Marbled Lacquer Stand Case.
You can get this return at 10% off the future RRP.
You can choose from the following colours:
Red, White, or Black

INCLUDES:
Alubru Set

¥11,550 or more $91 | Early Bird Alubru -Urushi- Ran x2

Get two of your own Alubru Set, which contains the Aluminium Handle, Bottle Cleaner Brush head, Natural Fibre Brush head, Gas Hob Brush head, Stainless Steel Brush head, and Kickstarter Exclusive Marbled Lacquer Stand Case. This double set lets you get one for yourself and another one that is perfect for giving away!
You can get this return at 25% off the future RRP.
You can choose from the following colours:
Red, White, or Black

INCLUDES:
2× Alubru Set

¥13,090 or more $103 | Alubru -Urushi- Ran x2

Get two of your own Alubru Set, which contains the Aluminium Handle, Bottle Cleaner Brush head, Natural Fibre Brush head, Gas Hob Brush head, Stainless Steel Brush head, and Kickstarter Exclusive Marbled Lacquer Stand Case. This double set lets you get one for yourself and another one that is perfect for giving away!
You can get this return at 15% off the future RRP.
You can choose from the following colours:
Red, White, or Black

INCLUDES:
2× Alubru Set

¥16,170 or more $127 | Early Bird Alubru -Urushi- Ran x3

Get three sets of the Alubru brushes, which contains the Aluminium Handle, Bottle Cleaner Brush head, Natural Fibre Brush head, Gas Hob Brush head, Stainless Steel Brush head, and Kickstarter Exclusive Marbled Lacquer Stand Case. This triple set means you can have one for the kitchen and two more to either give away or put elsewhere
You can get this return at 30% off the future RRP.
You can choose from the following colours:
Red, White, or Black

INCLUDES:
3× Alubru Set

¥18,480 or more $145 | Alubru -Urushi- Ran x3

Get three sets of the Alubru brushes, which contains the Aluminium Handle, Bottle Cleaner Brush head, Natural Fibre Brush head, Gas Hob Brush head, Stainless Steel Brush head, and Kickstarter Exclusive Marbled Lacquer Stand Case. This triple set means you can have one for the kitchen and two more to either give away or put elsewhere
You can get this return at 20% off the future RRP.
You can choose from the following colours:
Red, White, or Black

INCLUDES:
3× Alubru Set

¥6,160 or more $48 | Early Bird Alubru -Urushi- Ran

Get your own Alubru Set, which contains the Aluminium Handle, Bottle Cleaner Brush head, Natural Fibre Brush head, Gas Hob Brush head, Stainless Steel Brush head, and Kickstarter Exclusive Marbled Lacquer Stand Case.
You can get this return at 20% off the future RRP.
You can choose from the following colours:
Red, White, or Black

INCLUDES:
Alubru Set
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