Ichi Kitahara: Smooth Wave with Boxwood
Product Number: 002-340-0097
"Tightly curling and dramatically flourishing" were the first words to come to mind when I saw this Ichi Kitahara. Upon actually picking it up, however, it became apparent the shaping wasn't all flash and flare; as much drama as this number packs into quite a compact volume, it's actually perfectly natural in hand as well. Evidently Ichi put plenty of thoughtfulness into the curves forms of both the transition/shank, and their counterpoint, the pronounced, kite-shield shaped shank face. They look wonderful, artistically speaking, yes, but they also know not to get in the way of simply enjoying this pipe as
a pipe. throw in flanks covered in wavering (or perhaps more fitting to the shape's name, "wavy") flamberg-style, ultra-fine flame grain and a broad, smooth underside covered in birdseye, and I say color me impressed.
- Eric N. Squires
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Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 4.97 in./126.24 mm.
- Weight: 1.80 oz./51.03 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.07 in./52.58 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Freehand
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Japan