Japanese Estates: Ichi Kitahara Sandblasted Blowfish (2015) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-007-1137

This isn't what one would consider a typical rendition of the Japanese Blowfish shape, or Fugu, but it is a shape whose general concept Ichi Kitahara has revisited multiple times over the years. A tall bowl, perched high on its transition, with broad, only slightly curved panels completely covering the flanks makes up the basics of it; everything else has undergone considerable change over time. Five or six years prior to the completion of this 2015 piece, for example, the profile of the bowl was much more strongly tapered, leaf-like, and as late as just a year prior, the shank would typically feature a more dramatic flare. This variation is, however, a much quieter, reserved one in its treatment of line, though also more muscular in its handling of overall form and proportions. Unsmoked.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details


(Pipemaker's stamp)
JAPAN (arched)
  • Length: 5.58 in./141.73 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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