Danish Estates: Kai Nielsen Straight Grain Tomato with Horn (VVVV)

Product Number: 004-001-5666

Danish design meets something that strikes me as reminiscent of Art Deco here, though as odd as that combination may sound, it's not a big surprise. These crisply tapered, multi-beadlined stem bases are something Kai Nielsen has used quite often before, though I'll admit I don't know if he's still doing them. (The last pipe we carried with a stem like this which had a definite date was from 2003.) Kai's father, Viggo Nielsen, has a thing for stem-bases that play a strong part in a pipe's overall design, and I would hazard to guess Kai's use of these was the result of his influence. Getting away from the beautifully-patterned cumberland and its modernistic design, however, we find things are rather more traditional, with a handsome horn mount preceding a broad, rounded bent Tomato shape of classic Danish smoothness, and simply packed with flame grain and birdseye as well.

- Eric N. Squires

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STAMPING:
VVVV
Kai Nielsen {in script{
HAND MADE
IN DENMARK
STRAIGHT GRAIN
OLD BRIAR

Condition: 4.85/5 Minor rim darkening.
  • Length: 5.90 in./149.86 mm.
  • Weight: 2.20 oz./62.37 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark

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