Tsuge Ikebana: Smooth Bent Egg (H)

Product Number: 002-623-4464

There’s no need to adjust your monitor. If anything, the grain of this H Grade Tsuge Ikebana seems even more vibrant in person. I started to say something to the effect of “... and the shape is even more comfortable in the hand”, but the pipe is here and you’re – well, not.

Kazuhiro Fukuda’s classic shapes almost always hold at least a tip of the hat towards his mentor of the late 60s, Sixten Ivarsson, especially when it comes to his execution of bent spheres and Dublins. This bent Egg, while having a few lines that would usually be associated with the Danish school, is something of an exception. And what a fine egress it is. The form of the mount, while not emphatically katachi, leans more to the east than the west, and the juxtaposition of a round shank with a more horizontally compressed bowl speaks of Nihon in an eloquent manner. The compression of the bowl not only increases the sense of compositional flow, it creates an appropriate canvas for an unforgettable grain. As you move from vantage-to-vantage through the pictures, can you see any room for improvement? I surely can’t.

R. ‘Bear’ Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.03 in./127.76 mm.
  • Weight: 2.20 oz./62.37 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.17 in./55.12 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan