Danish Estates: Teddy Knudsen Sandblasted Bent Dublin Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 004-001-20918
In the pipe world, very few individuals may be regarded as mythical figures. If one were to deign to name these individuals, then the Ivarsson family, Bo Nordh, Kei-Ichi Gotoh, Jess Chonowitsch, Former, and Todd Johnson would very likely be among them, however, as would Teddy Knudsen. Knudsen has been hand crafting pipes professionally for over 50 years, making his first between 1967 and 1968 when he was an airman in the Danish Air Force, never apprenticing under any master or tutor. Teddy is a man who puts the entirety of his heart and soul into every pipe he crafts, taking all the time necessary to ensure each piece is as close to perfect as he can make it, working on a pipe only when he feels the inspiration to do so and never treating his craft as anything less than an art form. As such, there are pipes that he takes years to complete, and this fastidious attention to excellency reflects in his incredibly low annual production of around 50 pipes a year, making each of his works a worthy centerpiece for any collection, though, above all else, they are made to be smoked and to smoke in exemplary fashion.
This bent Dublin is a testament to the dedication to quality which Teddy Knudsen upholds, especially with regard to shaping, bridging the gap between its eponymous appellation and Horn and doing so with a preternatural grace. The undercurve from stem to rim is captivating, drawing the eye naturally toward the bowl and allowing one to immerse themselves in the sinuous glory of the shape Knudsen has rendered here. The stylized saddle stem's base provides an alluring break from the flowing lines, with its firm ridges tempering the softness of the stummel, though still maintaining a curvature which harmonizes with the rest of the pipe. A gentle taper toward the shank end gives way to a gradual, though dramatic, flare which terminates at the rim, and at this point the most interesting aspects of this pipe make themselves known.
Both the fore and aft sides of the shank and bowl flare with the flanks, though they expand far more audaciously, giving the pipe an aerial ovoid profile, the dynamic flow of the briar imbuing the pipe with an organic, naturalistic growth. The rim itself is domed, the fore and aft dipping lower than the flanks, and the chamber is drilled further toward the fore than is center, an artistic example of pleasing asymmetry. The stummel is dressed in a shallow sandblast, though it is deep enough to reveal undulating growth rings which radiate from the low-set heel, each one intersected by vertical striations, the remains of flame grain. The deep sanguine stain that coats this grain compliments the black stem, though falls short of matching it, allowing for just enough contrast to urge the eye forward and focus the view on the bowl. A stunning piece any way you look at it, this pipe is begging to be smoked.-John McElheny
Measurements & Other Details
Rim Darkening Chamber Carbonizing
- Length: 5.68 in./144.27 mm.
- Weight: 1.95 oz./55.34 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.03 in./51.56 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Dublin
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: Denmark