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

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