Smio Satou: Smooth Egg with Tsuishu

Product Number: 002-142-0282

It's been quite some time since I last had the pleasure of describing Satou pipes for the website. And this is a particularly lovely pipe to kick it off with. Interestingly, there are components to the shape, especially the shank, that strike me as something of a departure for Satou. The long, subtly flaring shank strikes me as a little more Danish than we normally see from him. The Egg shaped bowl is all Satou, of course, as is the beautifully executed saddle stem.

I like the darker contrast stain he employed on this piece. Most of his smooth pipes are a fairly light color and I think the slightly darker color is quite elegant, especially when paired with the multi-hued tsuishu ring in the stem. The grain is excellent, with highly vertical straight grain running right the way around the bowl.

Tsuishu, something of a signature for Satou at this point, is a very special material made by layering colored Japanese lacquer in extremely thin coats. The effect is created by cutting it cross-wise, bringing out the edges of all of those super-fine slices of color.

-- Sykes Wilford

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.02 in./152.91 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan

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