Japanese Estates: Smio Satou Smooth Bent Dublin with Bamboo Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-007-1329

Smio Satou is unquestionably one of the great Japanese masters of pipe making, belonging to the craft for multiple decades and having worked previously for Tsuge for more than 25 years. Throughout his career, he has finely honed a distinctive aesthetic which pairs measured, flowing lines with organic flair and a keen balance that places emphasis on every shaping detail of a composition. Satou additionally comes from something of a pipe making pedigree, as his father worked for the first briar pipe factory in Japan during the late 1940s, and, following World War II, even repaired pipes for General Douglas MacArthur. This bent Dublin showcases Satou's expert usage of bamboo, as well as the unique shaping style which has made his work iconic.

A trim saddle stem of black vulcanite takes on a demure downturn at its bit, a flaring base pairing the stem to two knuckles of pale bamboo via a thin band of matching vulcanite, the flare of the base stylistically mirroring the flow of the bamboo's knuckles. This rhythmic expansion and its matching at the stem is a hallmark of bamboo's use in artisan pipes, and something which Satou has mastered in his tenure as a pipe maker. To further fuse the disparate elements of the pipe, the indents present across the bamboo's surfaces are continued on the right flank, one at the transition, one at the stem, creating an organic sensibility which matches the natural charm of the shank extension. The shank itself is quite trim and tapers out of the transition, meeting a section of bamboo that flares into a knuckle for even more stylistic consistency. Up front, the bowl sits tall and robust atop a pointed heel, something which has become a signature element of Satou's Dublins, flaring out to a broad, domed rim while urging forward at the fore, creating a good bit of dynamism that's rich with charm. Dressed in a warm auburn stain, the briar here showcases some excellent flame grain wrapping around the bowl, while the rim is peppered in dense birdseye, the pale bamboo offering rich contrast.

-John McElheny
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CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing

STAMPING:
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SMIO SATOU
JAPAN
  • Length: 6.31 in./160.27 mm.
  • Weight: 2.30 oz./65.32 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.10 in./53.34 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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