Tsuge has Passed On

Kyoichiro Tsuge passed away on November 2. He was 99.

Tsuge was born in 1910. In his youth, he became an apprentice at a cigarette holder manufacturer where he learned to craft ivory cigarette holders. When Tsuge turned twenty-six, he started his own cigarette holder business. After the war, he started to make pipes.

Tsuge has two factories that produce machine-made pipes and a workshop that produces the “Ikebana” line of very fine hand-crafted pipes which retails for anything from US$200/- to US$8,400/-.

The picture above shows a Tsuge pipe and tamper I own.


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