Japanese Estates: Smio Satou Smooth Bent Billiard (2009)

Product Number: 004-007-0529

Unapologetically, a Western interpretation from Satou, a master carver considered a foremost keeper of traditional Japanese pipemaking (who was, by the way, one of the first briar pipe carvers in Japan in the 1940s), though this bent Billiard starkly falls into Danish neo-classicism - regardless of the fact that it is hardly cheeked, and with a compact muscularity that Japanese pipemakers tend to instill into their works. The shape's gesture is as pleasantly familiar as a teapot - the bowl verging on lofty, but inviting, due to its softly rounded facade, gently following the tapering enclosure at the rim. The transition from bowl to shank to stem has a flawless, serpentine-like smoothness, lifting in an unselfconsciously natural fashion just above the bowl. The grain, as you can plainly see, is perfect: the stain, perfect. It is truly a piece of which time doesn't seem to pass over: it just is.

-Seth Ellison-

Loading the player ...


Similar Pipes

Your Price


Ask a question about this Japanese Estates estate pipe

We are sorry, but this pipe has sold. Look below to find similar pipes.

The pipe you see is the pipe you receive. Click here to see our photography process.

Measurements & Other Details

{maker's mark}

Condition: 4.85/5 Minor rim darkening.
  • Length: 4.80 in./121.92 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.15 in./54.61 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan