Japanese Estates: Tokutomi Pipe Company (Kazue) Sandblasted Bent Apple (2012)

Product Number: 004-007-0531

A curiously shaped little pipe, made by Kazue, the wife of master carver Hiroyuki Tokutomi, appearing to be almost like an Apple from the side, but viewed from the top, the compression on the front and back of the bowl reminds me a lot of older Sixten Ivarsson designs. Specifically, I believe, the shape shows inspiration from Stanwell's "1960" Apricot design, packed a great deal of shaping into one of the smallest briars. On a Featherweight-scale, the "Apricot" had the same unusually, canted-transverse-oval bowl, long transition, and gently arching stem. The differences with this pipe being, of course, the length, transition height on the bowl, and lack of deep bend, that are all present in Ivarsson's version. The result is something far "cuter", one could say, a descriptive term Kazue would certainly not take offense to.

-Seth Ellison-

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Condition: 4.8/5 Rim darkening.
  • Length: 4.45 in./113.03 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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