Smio Satou: Smooth Bent Dublin with Tsuishu

Product Number: 002-142-0438

This angular, firm style of Dublin could be considered one of Smio Satou's signature renditions as it's immediately recognizable as the Japanese artisan's work. It readily calls to mind the Pickaxe shape thanks to the sharp, protruding heel spur that juts outwards from the base of strongly tapered bowl. From that spur, the bowl flares dramatically toward the rounded rim, its broad, inflated surface demarcated from the rest of the bowl by an encircling ridgeline. Such shaping was clearly informed by the grain orientation of this piece of briar, which Satou has expertly showcased and reflects his decades of pipe-making experience. Streaks of flame grain rise in concert with the characteristic flare of the Dublin bowl while the rim is dominated hypnotic, swirling birdseye patterns.

To make the grain even more visually captivating and to ensure the finish remains glossy longer, Smio has employed his signature urushi lacquer, which is breathable, incredibly attractive, and more durable compared to traditional finishing techniques. The angled transition wonderfully emphasizes the gradual flare of the shank, its sides covered in spectacular grain as well. The shank expands outward, its end covered in plateau to add even more visual texture to the piece. The stem's downturn satisfying concludes the shank's trajectory and nicely balances the bowl's implied forward momentum. Underneath the stem's expansion is a vibrant band of tsuishu, a traditional material made from thin, multi-colored layers of Japanese lacquer that takes months to produce. It's a demanding, meticulous process that further demonstrates the care and detail that goes into each Smio Satou pipe.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.59 in./167.39 mm.
  • Weight: 3.00 oz./85.05 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.61 in./66.29 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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