Tsuge Ikebana: Sandblasted Acorn (Kikuchi) (B)

Product Number: 002-623-4433

Banzai! (Japanese lit: ‘WHOOT!!). Ok (ok), the literal is ’10,000 years!’, but ‘’Whoot!’ comes close. Our first Acorn from Asami Kikuchi, thus the first time I can compare her interpretation with what we’re used to seeing from her mentor. The sandblasts of Kazuhiro Fukuda were always impeccable, and showed a great deal of Danish influence in their depth. Asami Kikuchi, has already displayed a finesse in the depth of her blasts that might make most Danes look like Jim Cooke, as well as a keen sense of when a shape calls for something a bit deeper, more vigorous. While the depth of this sandblast would not be considered uber-deep when compared to (say) an Ashton pipe, for the Tsuge Ikebana, this etched ring and fan grain is absolutely perfect for a nature-inspired form, such as the Acorn. If this lovely B Grade is an example of Kikuchi Acorns to come, the cupping of the rim is a tad more pronounced, and the bowl shape falls squarely into the Acorn family, rather than an Acorn/Egg hybrid we are more accustomed to seeing. Eric just mentioned that he sees a ton of the Sixten Acorn in the bowl, and I can’t say that I disagree.

--R. ‘Bear’ Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.47 in./138.94 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan