Todd Johnson: Smooth Blowfish (Phalanx) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-194-0094

From long-shanked, petite bowled renditions to compact, tight-knit Fugu-style iterations, we've seen quite a range of Blowfish designs from Todd Johnson over the years — though we haven't seen one of this particular style in quite some time. In both scale and overall shaping, it calls to mind some of the heavily Toku-inspired pieces Todd was making back in the mid-2000s. While that Japanese influence really comes out in the diagonal orientation and subtle asymmetry of its panels, as well as the more organic, swimming gesture created by the right-leaning bowl and left-leaning stem design, Todd still made this piece all his own, scaling up the sheer mass of the bowl (and cavernous depth of chamber) and contrasting that visual weight with a comparatively trim, horizontally pinched style of shank.

But there's more to this Blowfish design than its fluid asymmetry and gestural shaping; every line, every panel, every face was carefully planned and executed to showcase the natural beauty of the briar — resulting in a sea of deep, whirling birdseye covering the left and right flanks, with brilliant crossgrain flowing down the center plane of bowl and shank. For a bit of visual and textural contrast, Todd even kept the briar's natural plateau along the left side's disc-like panel, making for great visual effect while also reinforcing the organic, Japanese influence of the design. Excellent work from Todd here.

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.58 in./167.13 mm.
  • Weight: 4.03 oz./114.31 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.54 in./64.52 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.20 in./55.88 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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