Smio Satou: Smooth Bent Dublin

Product Number: 002-142-0314

While the bowl, transition, and the main portion of this bent Dublin's shank hews close to the Danish influences of the Japanese school, the smooth-contoured trapezoid found at the far end of things is something of a surprise. It's definitely not Danish, and though not something I recall seeing ona Japanese pipe before, there is something about it that just seems Japanese to me. I suspect it's an abstract similarity to the main structure of certain Shinto gates, or likewise one of the less common styles of tsuba (sword hand-guards).

The real shocker on this Satou, though, is the birdseye. Don't get me wrong - the flame grain is beautiful, but that rim is just something else, and really shows off both the superb quality of the briar, and the remarkable excellence of Satou's finishing.

- Eric N. Squires

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.71 in./145.03 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.06 in./52.32 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan