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I love the smell of incense, and often have some burning in my house. I use a variety of of sticks and cones, and when unfortunately one of my ceramic ash catchers got dropped and broken, decided to get myself a new one from Amazon, using some vouchers I'd received. I opted for this rather smart black elephant ash catcher, which costs £4.95 with £2 delivery charge.
I opted for this one as it was actually the first holder I'd seen suitable for both cones and sticks. Aesthetically, it's very attractive. It's 24 cm long, and 6.5cm high at it's highest point, with one end holding a small brass cone holder, and the other holding a rather handsome looking elephant, with his trunk playfully raised, and an ornate saddle and cap. The decorations on the saddle and cap are lovely with a really nice raised texture, and they reflect the light really nicely, helping them to stand out even from some way away. The long 'boat' of the incense holder features an attractive arched pattern carved into it, and the whole is completed in a glossy black resin finish. It looks like it should be quite a heavy piece, but is surprisingly light when picked up.
It's designed perfectly well for functionality too. The 'boat' is actually quite a deep hollow curve, over which your stick incense is suspended using the hole in the base near the elephants feet (not it's mouth, which was where I initially assumed it was. I like that this dip is much deeper than with my other ash catches, as when I pick it up and turn on my way to empty it, the ash is neatly contained in this recessed area. With my other ash catchers, I find that when I turn holding it, the breeze I create causes the ash to scatter.
Similarly, the fact that the cone has it's designated hollow makes this a doddle to empty and clean, with no ash falling onto my mantel.
I love this ash catcher. I have many, and whilst this is by no means my overall favourite (that's reserved for the dragon that blows smoke out of his nostrils) it is the most practical and functional one I have, and I feel that it represents good value for money, whilst also being very attractive.