Smio Satou: Smooth Volcano

Product Number: 002-142-0346

The last Satou that passed my desk, actually it's still on my desk (long story), was 12" long and qualified as the most lengthy Satou we have received since 2005. In a complete about-face, as far as size, we now have the smallest Satou Volcano to grace our site, and (oh, yeah) she is quite the beauty.

While petite of length (4.49") and plump of girth might sound reminiscent of many a modern-school pipe description, this Satou's aesthetic, shibui, hails from the Muromachi period (1336-1392) and is a celebration of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty. Shibui dictates that an object should contain a balance of simplicity and complexity, thus ensuring that one does not tire of its proximity, but constantly finds new meanings and enriched beauty. With each new discovery the aesthetic value continues to grow. In a nutshell, this mindset pretty much defines the artistry of Smio Satou, and well represented within the form and details of this smooth Volcano. While that beautiful grain will remain a constant, and the shape is nuanced and captivating right out of the metaphorical box, when the time and mood is right — new meanings and beauty will appear.

R. Bear Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.49 in./114.05 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.13 in./28.70 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Volcano
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan

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