Japanese Estates: Ichi Kitahara Smooth Bent Dublin (2014) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-007-1135

With an eclectic background in classic, Baroque frescoes, learning Native American silverwork in South Dakota, and working as a senior sushi chef in Japan, Ichi Kitahara has a wide range of artistic experience. Adding to this, he also makes pipes, having been taught by master artisan Hiroyuki Tokutomi. Though Kitahara's style tends to cater to organic, Freehand designs, he's also quite adept at rendering more classically inclined forms like this bent Dublin offering.

With its slightly canted bowl, well-defined transition, flared shank, and trim, gracefully downturned stem, this Ichi Kitahara design seems rather forwardly poised in profile, dynamic lines lending the form an almost rakish silhouette, though without the sharp, hard lines usually associated with that word. It works remarkably well here on the smaller side of Ichi's shaping scale, resulting in a handy, lightweight design and is finished in a rich contrast stain that illuminates an array of windswept flame grain. Much like Tokutomi, Kitahara pays close attention to the stem work on his pipes, crafting mouthpieces that complement the exact pipe it's paired to. On this piece the disc-shaped base of the stem is offset to mirror the slanted orientation of the shank face. It's a stunning example of Ichi's craftsmanship and is presented here in unsmoked condition.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details


  • Length: 5.33 in./135.38 mm.
  • Weight: 1.09 oz./30.84 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.26 in./32.00 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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