Danish Estates: Sixten Ivarsson Sandblasted Pot (1980) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-17542

A pioneer of handmade pipes in the 1950s and '60s, Sixten Ivarsson applied a functionalist methodology to the craft, and his methods — from "shape first, drill second," to use of a sanding disk as the primary shaping tool, among others — are still part and parcel to the pipe making process years later. Perhaps most standout, however, is the approach: that pipes are a tool, first and foremost, and while form must follow function, there is no reason that the form cannot also be beautiful.

While this approach may be more obvious in his signature shapes, which are impossible to produce on a lathe, it certainly isn't absent in classic shapes like this straight Pot. It's a remarkably compact and lightweight design, and is only the second Sixten piece we've seen with a sandblasted finish which is surprisingly quite craggy in texture. Of particular interest, as well, is the mouthpiece, where Sixten was known to take great care in shaping his buttons for maximum comfort. The result is a low-profile, wide button that makes for an easy clench.

This is an extraordinarily well-made piece from the Danish master, and has survived since 1980 with few issues. There's some rim darkening present and light oxidation on the mouthpiece, but is otherwise in excellent condition. It's a piece of artisanal pipe history, and with its original craftsmanship untarnished by time, it's sure to be a reliable smoker for years to come.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

Rim Darkening Light Oxidation

(Sun Stamp)
PRODUCT. (Arched)
  • Length: 4.59 in./116.59 mm.
  • Weight: 1.15 oz./32.66 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Pot
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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