Smio Satou: Smooth Volcano with Bamboo

Product Number: 002-142-0348

I have been sitting here for almost a half hour (shut up, Adam), trying to arrive at a single superlative to describe the briar in front of me (and you, of course). 'Breathtaking'? Yes, and I mean in the literal sense; for the first four-to-five seconds after encountering this volcano, the old, normally semi-voluntary respiration system had the 'volunteer' take a hike. Given that I talk about pipes for a living (not to mention that I have [literally] struck up non-related conversations with relative strangers, while exiting an aircraft in flight), this is pretty embarrassing. OK, I'll surrender my self-imposed fool's errand for another day, declare that this is one of the most attractive Satous I have encountered in ages (which should say a ton), and move on - wordsmith's tail tucked between my legs.

While I have yet to see a briar from Satou that didn't sport a fine grain, it should be pointed out that the legendary master carver doesn't chase grain. Sure, he can read a block as well as anyone you might care to mention, but the shape will always be his overriding exterior focus - a good/great grain is the bonus. A quick glance at the unabashedly beautiful shape of this sitter will tell you that Satou didn't deviate from his normal game plan, but (DANG), what a cluster of angel's hair grain just happened to be in the vicinity. Everything that is "great and right" about Satou-san's art can be found right here.

-- R. 'Bear' Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.06 in./153.92 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Volcano
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan

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