Smio Satou: Smooth Sitting Pitcher with Tsuishu

Product Number: 002-142-0418

Elaborating on the Poker/Cherrywood design, Smio Satou offers here a stunning Pitcher shape. With a flared bowl and matching shank, the piece displays an underlying Danish aesthetic yet with prominent Japanese organicism at play. The definitive aspect of the Pitcher is its exaggerated lip at the bowl's fore. In this piece, said lip as well as the bowl's lenticular shape, make it a delight to hold, as the front of the rim curls naturally over the palm.

While it feels sublime in hand, it's also evident that Smio designed this piece based on the natural inclination of the briar's grain. It fits the form excellently, with hair thin tongues of flame grain streaking the bowl in line with its contours. Atop the inflated rim, freckles of birdseye are brought out by the blonde stain and Satou's signature lacquer — giving the whole piece a durable, glossy coat. On the shank-end an asymmetrical section of plateau has been left for an accent. Now, typically I'm not incredibly fond of plateau; however, the subtle, conservative use of it in this piece is the perfect way to add a touch of diversity and flash, and Smio pulls it off absolutely. Lastly, adding one final, subtle accoutrement, the base of the stem wears a rainbow band of tsuishu, made through a months long process of layering thin strips of Japanese lacquer. The result is a vibrant, technicolor band that also happens to match the included travel sleeve — a detail too convenient to be coincidental. Smio has thought of everything when designing and crafting this piece, and he's executed it all most impressively.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.89 in./149.61 mm.
  • Weight: 1.79 oz./50.80 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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