Misc. Estates: Ping Zhan Smooth Chubby Blowfish Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-008-6029

For the most part, Ping Zhan's Chubby Blowfish shape is characterized by a seriously plump bowl up front, often framed by precise and crisp lines in the spirit of Hiroyuki Tokutomi. Said lines serve not only to define a uniquely dynamic bit of shaping, but also to initiate a shift in grain pattern. Also in the spirit of Toku, Ping imbued this composition with a subtle degree of organic asymmetry, echoed in the treatment of the base of the stem.

Furthermore, the Chinese carver's take on the shape generally sees the tactile contrast of plump, rounded curves at the bowl and defined line work at the shank, here by a hexagonal presentation, flicking upward to meet a poised, gently downturned saddle stem. It makes for an interesting and pleasant tactile, as well as visual experience, perfect for the sort of meditative experiences Ping's pieces tend to encourage.

-Truett Smith
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Smoked, But Rather Clean

(Pipe maker's stamp)
  • Length: 3.99 in./101.35 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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