You obviously to know your Tokutomis, and you are correct; a Lovat from the workbench of the legendary Nihon Master is quite uncommon. Having the honor of being Toku-san’s sole representation in North American since 2002, and the fact that this only the sixth Tokutomi interpretation from the Lovat/Canadian/Lumberman/Liverpool family that we have ever placed on the site, speaks volumes about the paucity of the shape.
This Tokutomi Lovat is crafted from Bo Nordh legacy briar (hence the ‘BN’ designation) and features a novel pot-shaped bowl, rather than the standard billiard form. By pairing an unexpectedly low profile bowl with an ‘according to Hoyle’ Lovat shank, the impression that you are looking at an extremely elongated interpretation becomes acute. Sitting here, looking at the pics, (in absence of the rest of the data), I would have figured the length for about seven and a half inches, rather than the actual stretch of six. While impressive from the side view, the smooth crossgrain rim, striations on the top of the shank and mastodon ivory team up to provide a ton of eye candy, from the smoker’s perspective.
--R. 'Bear' Graves