Tsuge Ikebana: Sandblasted Reverse Calabash Rhodesian (Ohi) (H) (157) (19) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-623-4692

Tsuge Ikebana is a collective of artisan pipe makers that share a workshop and a name, but otherwise craft their pipes individually and completely by hand. The workshop has three members — Fukuda, Ohi, and Kikuchi — and each pipe bears a stamp with the name of the artisan that fashioned that particular piece. This Rhodesian comes from Yoshirou Ohi, who for many years was an independent pipe maker before joining Ikebana. His work showcases a proclivity for the organic and the stylish, and each pipe he crafts is imbued with his distinctive sense of proportions and his many years of experience.

This Rhodesian is a handsome example of Ohi's style, as it delightfully marries dramatic proportions with a rather gestural curvature. As is typical for the form, a crisp ridgeline wraps around the bowl's broad waistline, demarcating the tapered rim from the heel's upward flare. Said ridgeline also adds a touch of structure to the otherwise shapely form and offers some striking contrast to the bowl's rounded contours. The shank matches the bowl's muscular build and hefty demeanor, as it dramatically flares from the transition to the slender, demurely curved saddle stem. The shank houses a reverse Calabash chamber, which collects any excess moisture from the smoke, ensuring a cooler, drier smoking experience. A dark sandblast dresses the stummel and brings vivid definition to the natural grain orientation of the briar, save for the rim and shank face, which are both smoothly polished for contrast.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.86 in./148.84 mm.
  • Weight: 2.70 oz./76.54 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.21 in./56.13 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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