This is a nice stout little fella, works great on all types of tea, black, sencha, genmaicha, whatever you want to throw at it. perfect size for filling a single standard teacup "6oz" or for gongfu with a serving pitcher. the pour is decent about 10 seconds to decant. using the strainer isn't nessesary or needed and doesent effect pour. The knobbies are decent at keeping fingers cool and is comfortable, but a full on boil with a long brew time may get uncomfortable. it's my new go to "work horse" as i love the size and how durable it is.