Tsuge Ikebana: Smooth Acorn (H)
Product Number: 002-623-4432
The acorn shape and the crown jewel of Tsuge's production have shared a long and happy history together. Indeed, I can't recall a time when the Ikebana didn't boast a superb acorn as part of its repertoire. This comfort and familiarity even used to extend as far as an amazing consistency of approach to the shape. This jaw-dropping ‘H’(!) Grade Acorn, while still defiantly Ikebana, features a thicker shank than the overwhelming majority of its predecessors, and forgoes the more familiar push-stem in favor of this graceful saddle; something Ikebana never does with a smooth acorn, unless a bamboo ferrule is involved. To my way of looking at things, these changes, while hardly earth-shattering, imbue this Tsuge mainstay with more of a sense of Danish neoclassicism; an element of the Ikebana aesthetic to be sure, but rarely seen in their Acorns. It would be a crying shame if a bowl this perfect didn’t sport an equally fine grain, and this ‘Flower of the Pipe World” didn’t earn its ‘H’ Grade by peeling potatoes. Sweet!
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.53 in./140.46 mm.
- Weight: 2.20 oz./62.37 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.14 in./54.36 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Acorn/Pear
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Japan