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Japanese Kiseru/Koiki Tobacco - How To Buy


Since the demise of LSando, I have received OH SO MANY email requests regarding alternative US retailers. After a great deal of investigation, I know of only one reliable source which sells authentic Japanese pipes *AND* authentic Japanese tobacco.

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Medwakh specializes in Arabic pipes and tobacco, but they also have an excellent selection of Japanese Kiseru pipes and sell the traditional Japanese Koiki tobacco.

I (very) recently ordered both a pipe and tobacco from Medwakh to see how reliable they were. I am pleased to say that my order was shipped within one day (everything I ordered was "in stock") and I received tracking numbers for my shipment.

I already possess my personal quota of Kiseru, and I have a nice collection of (Turkish) Meerschaum pipes, so I was very intrigued by the Arabic "medwakh" pipes and tobacco predominantly sold by I (of course) indulged myself and bought one camel bone pipe and a good deal of the house special of "hot dokha" tobacco. I will let you know my impression/experience in a later post.

For those unfamiliar with Arabic Dokha tobacco, I posted a brief description here, written by owner Bassem Chahine.

If you are interested in Kiseru pipes and tobacco, or more broadly ethnic smoking experiences, SaruDama can now fully recommend


I recently arranged to buy a kiseru and am interested in trying the koiki tobacco but am severely limited due to the fact that I don't have or use a credit card. I use paypal or cash. Even so, I suspect that this pipe will work well for me. I have been growing my own tobacco since 2007 and use a cast iron tobacco cutter made in Germany somewhere between 1890 and 1900. Based on info from another member of howtogrowtobacco it will produce a fine shag 0.5588 mm wide. This should be a good pipe for testing my blends.

I've been re-reading all the information you posted about kiserus and koiki tobacco and I've recently started my own collection. I want to thank you for all the information and links to obtaining all of these. I've done a few shopping around and have found that j-list does sell a standard kiseru for $17.00 each, but will take about 3 weeks to arrive depending on US customs.

I also have a question about the tobacco, is there a substitute tobacco that can be smoked other than a traditional kizami? Koiki seems to be the only brand from JT and from the little japanese I know, I heard "drum" could be used as well. (i am still fairly new to pipes, especially kiserus).

I just contacted Medwakh, and they no longer carry kizami,
unfortunately. Just FYI for anyone else who comes across this page!

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