Ping Zhan: Smooth Chubby Blowfish

Product Number: 002-654-0023

While compact lengths and dynamic lines have come to define Ping Zhan's signature Fugu-style Chubby Blowfish, here he's taken a particularly Cubist approach to the form, swapping out the design's iconic disc-like, convex panels for harder ridges and a number of additional facets around the bowl. The left flank, for example, features a dividing ridge flowing down from the rim, separating it into two distinctive planes. Along the right, you'll find a similar theme, although less pronounced, creating a more traditional look when viewed from that side of the profile. While one would think adding more panels and facets around the bowl might interfere with how comfortable a pipe feels in hand, here Ping's actually created the opposite effect — keeping the fluting lines fairly soft and the various planes convex to produce an almost Apple-like feel when gripped. What's more, like all of Ping's designs, the grain here is simply stunning, with each of the piece's various panels serving as a three-dimensional canvas on which to showcase birdseye and crossgrain alike. Recommended.

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 3.94 in./100.08 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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