Smio Satou has a certain Nippon-traditional approach to his shaping with each piece being a fine example of Nihon katachi (Japanese form and design). This particular number features an extra-large Dublin bowl perfectly balanced by an elongated, three-knuckle bamboo shank. Smoothly finished in a high-contrast stain, this briar sports plenty of flame grain as it erupts from the heel and transitions into some rather intricate birdseye along the rim. In addition to the bamboo, Satou includes a tsuishu
inlay within the mount, an accent created using the ancient Japanese art form of Urushi. The end result is a high quality, balanced briar that promises a truly harmonious smoking experience.
- Andrew Wike