Remarkable Satou. The most modest gesture is huge; look at the pipe, then take away those little bands on the stem. The whole production dims. Of course that incredible weathered shank. An object for meditation.
Satou really has a way with the pot shape. I remember wavering when that pipe came up. I think I was concerned the black knot may have been a point of concern structurally down the line. Of course, that was nothing but foolishness on my my part.
Let us know what you think of the Kovalev once you've had a chance to fire it up!
As an owner of one of the Dr's Buddha pipes I can honestly state it's in my top 10 best smokers, it's never been anything but great from the first smoke, mine has a 1/8 th bend in the shank but it is similar to Pecks.