Japanese Estates: Ichi Kitahara Smooth Apple with Bamboo (2015) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-007-1249

Trim, straight, and delicate, here we find one of Ichi's more conservative numbers from 2015: an Apple that takes us back to the early Danish influences on Japanese pipemaking, while still showing the barest hint of the distinctly Japanese-school organicism. Slender of bamboo and transition, bulb-like of bowl, the basic form is rather natural, though for the finishing touches I'd point to the very, very slight asymmetry of the bowl, combined with the progressive spacing/rhythm of the bamboo's knuckles; from bowl to first knuckle, from first to second, and from second to third, the spacing increases in a natural-looking manner, where most other artisans aim instead for a steady, repeating rhythm, and a more planned/designed style of aesthetic. It has been smoked, but is still very clean.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

Smoked, But Rather Clean

  • Length: 5.74 in./145.80 mm.
  • Weight: 0.77 oz./21.77 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.07 in./27.18 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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