Japanese Estates: Hiroyuki Tokutomi Smooth Bulldog (BN) (Hiro) (2010)

Product Number: 004-007-0564

Color me not merely stunned, but "slagged, snagged, tagged, and bagged". According to our archives, we have never sold a Bulldog (straight or bent) created by Toku-san, much less one which was crafted from the famous Bo Nordh legacy briar, let alone a BN Bulldog which proudly displayed the rarefied Hiro Grade stamp. Nonetheless, that is precisely what is presently in front of me, as well on your monitor.

Parking the juvenile part of my mind - the one which had, irrationally, become a bit torqued trying to figure out how this one managed to miss us - I then began to muse about the shape. While towering in its own right, when Tokutomi steps away from the iconoclastic aesthetic that he established, he will often refer back to shapes which were inspired from his days as a student of Sixten Ivarsson. At a running gallop, I couldn't come up with a Danish carver whose approach to the Bulldog shape mirrored this Hiro Grade. When all else fails, ask Adam Davidson; he suggested that it might well have been a special commission. Makes sense.

R. 'Bear' Graves

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4.5/5 Soft spots in the bottom of the chamber.
  • Length: 6.08 in./154.43 mm.
  • Weight: 2.80 oz./79.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.45 in./62.23 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan