One of the signature aspects of the Japanese school of pipe design is asymmetry, and more specifically, carefully balanced asymmetry. And this Tsuge Ikebana has it in spades. It's not at all obvious in profile - viewed directly from the side, both right and left appear identical, shaping-wise, but in cross-section there has been some dramatic playing about with where this briar's mass is concentrated. Yet, as is proper, that shifting has been executed with care, producing an organic balance in the form, not to mention a smooth, comforting feel in hand.
- Eric N. Squires