This Tsuge Ikebana Grade H Horn presents a slamming amount of wonderfully grained briar within an overall length of five and a quarter inches. In turn, this compactness creates greater sense of presence (for lack of a better word) than I get when holding the more elongated execution. Of the Ikebana Horns which I have had the pleasure of talking about, this one might well be my favorite.
Prior to this presentation, when Ikebana "took it vertical" with a Horn, they have either created a ragged, Zen-like brush stroke on the front of the rim - with that ragging being the natural outcome of an interface with a near-geological plateau appearing on the fore of the bowl, or ran with subtle panel on the front of the bowl, which was reflected in the fore trail-off on the rim. This sinfully striated Ikebana features a smaller, more concentrated plane running from mount to rim which, through opposition, visually augments an already beautifully rounded top of the bowl almost the point of appearing Rubenesque. As far as the quality of the grain runs? This Horn didn't earn its H Grade by picking sweet potatoes in Vardaman, MS. Well done. Well done, indeed.
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