Danish Estates: Kent Rasmussen Partially Sandblasted Cherrywood with Masur Birch Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-32374

Kent Rasmussen made his first few pipes in 1994 as an amateur and didn't pick up another block of briar until 1998, and I think I can speak for all pipe enthusiasts when I say that I am incredibly thankful he did. If he had not, we wouldn't have the privilege of beholding pipes such as this Striking Cherrywood rendition. There's a great deal of dynamism at play here, with momentum carried through every facet of this piece's construction, something that's especially prevalent through the shank and stem, as the sleek S-curve that they take on dips into the transition, meeting a forward urging bowl to give the impression this piece is speeding onward. The stem itself is a lithe and stylized saddle affair with a base that flares out to a firm expansion ring, tapering, then, to the junction, with this area adorned with a band a masur birch. An expansion ring such as this offers some visual separation between the shank and the stem, as well as a good degree of intrigue, drawing a bit of visual weight away from the bowl so that the eye is drawn naturally to the transition. Said transition is tightly-knit, though it's wide enough to allow for easy thumb-draping, lending a comfortable feel in hand as it works in concert with the bowl's curves. A flattened heel allows for easy sitting of this pipe, its expert balance making it exceptionally stable on a flat surface, and from here we see the bowl blossom forth, growing skyward with a distinct forward cant and flaring, Dublin-like as it does. All of the lines here are extremely straight and consistent, with only the faintest hint of a curve to either the fore or aft side, the expansion of the briar coming to its terminus at a firm ridgeline before a swift, easy slope to the edge of the chamber takes over, the rim quite expansive. Said rim is dressed in a warm auburn-mahogany stain that unveils some enchanting swirls of dancing birdseye, while the rest of the stummel showcases a dark, inky sandblast, with rippling ring grain cascading down the walls of the bowl, further contrast being offered by the pale hues of the birch accent.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Charring Around The Airway

  • Length: 5.53 in./140.46 mm.
  • Weight: 1.79 oz./50.80 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.23 in./56.64 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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