Tsuge Ikebana: Sandblasted Bent Brandy (Fukuda) (I) (011) (2016) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-623-2562

Tsuge's Ikebana line of pipes are representative of the highest echelon of talent present in the company, and is, without question, the most revered, well respected artisan workshop in all of Japan. Their kind of singular existence outside of the realm of Tsuge's standard, more serialized pipe lines affords them the opportunity to create pieces that are each individually representative of the artisan who carved them, allowing for unfettered creative expression. For the entirety of its existence the Ikebana workshop has been led by Kazuhiro Fukuda, who boasts over 40 years of experience. He continues to produce his art every chance afforded, and continues to pass down his knowledge to those he works with.

This bent Brandy is quite the large piece, though somehow remains quite tightly composed at just over five and a half inches long. When I look at this pipe, I can't help but think that I have stumbled upon the purest, most distilled form of a comfort pipe that I have ever witnessed. I say this with no hesitation, as it is clear to me that this is a pipe that wishes to be cradled in hand. The rear of the composition is defined by a gradually flaring shank that meets a seamless junction by way of a wide saddle stem's domed base, giving the impression that the briar itself ends with a supple curve. The shank's rather easily upturned angle allows for the flow of line from the end to the transition to ebb gingerly, meeting a slight cheeking before continuing in a languid arc to the rim. Each and every line present in the silhouette of this pipe speaks to me of a profound softness, as there is nothing steep nor strikingly angular about its profile, and the plumpness that possesses the bowl and stem base has been expressed in a way that ensures it remains just that: plump, not muscular, not severe, but soft, supple, and breathtakingly fluid. The hearty bowl features a very wide base and an incredibly low-set waistline, making for a slow, steady taper to the rim, one which holds a capacious chamber that is surrounded by very thick insulating walls. The stummel is dressed in a warm, light stain and a textural sandblast, revealing dense, quavering ring grain that grows from the heel to the rim, with the underside showcasing some of the nicest blasted birdseye I have ever seen. This is an exemplary piece from a master artisan, one that radiates a comforting warmth from every angle and that would be a lifelong companion for peaceful smoking wherever you have the time to enjoy it.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.55 in./140.97 mm.
  • Weight: 2.80 oz./79.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.01 in./51.05 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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