For Vermicular, it’s a signature to what makes our cookware remarkable. Vermicular graphite iron is a unique element, known for being difficult to manipulate and for having the hybrid characteristics of exceptional heat conduction and durability. We created a new alloy from this iron that allowed us to improve our enamel process. It helped make us singular in the cookware space, thus we honor it through our name.
Since 1936, the Hijikata family’s foundry has been renowned for its ability to cast and machine iron with extreme accuracy. However, when the industrial momentum of the mid-20th century came to a close, the Aichi Dobby foundry’s business slowed significantly.
Enter the Hijikata brothers—the heirs to the Aichi Dobby foundry, who repurposed its cast iron mastery with an aspiration to create cookware that would inspire chefs of all levels. After three years of rigorous trials, Vermicular was born. It quickly became the centerpiece of Japanese kitchens, growing community around the joy of cooking at home.
At Vermicular, creating cookware that seals in the most nutritious properties of an ingredient is incredibly important. This focus on health extends beyond cooking and to the actual design of the cookware. All Vermicular cookware is cadmium and lead-free, so you can enjoy it daily without worry.
Putting a great emphasis on simplicity is the foundation of washoku, Japanese cuisine. Vermicular honors this simplicity through its products, but more importantly through the ethos we are built on. Every dimple, handle, and colorway is designed to enable love and friendship to flourish over an impeccable meal.