Butz-Choquin: Simoun Sandblasted Bent Apple (9mm)

Product Number: 002-010-0552

Well, the first time around my best guesses regarding the origins of this Butz-Choquin line's name was that it refereed to one of two things: either a Japanese cartoon, or a 1930s French aircraft, the Caudron Simoun, which was used to set more than one long-distance flight record during its day. This did, however, still leave the question as to what the latter (the more likely of the two, I hope you'll agree) itself referred to. As it so happened, trying to figure that out led to what is in all likelihood the real answer; a type of exceptionally hot and dry, sand-stirring cyclonic wind which occurs around the Levant, Egypt, and the Arabian Peninsula. This would indeed seem pretty appropriate for a series of sandblasted briars, and especially so here, given just how consistently these particular B.C.s are turning up with considerable displays of ring grain.

- Eric N. Squires

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.47 in./138.94 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: 9mm
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: France