Danish Estates: Kai Nielsen Smooth Freehand (Jewel of Denmark) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-32743

Son of Viggo Nielsen, founder of the Bari pipe factory, Kai Nielsen got his start carving pipes at a young age, working in his father's factory as a teenager before eventually becoming a full-time employee. After years of honing his craft, the younger Nielsen is now a celebrated artisan pipe maker, and he crafts many lively shapes in the traditional Danish style, with this Freehand being a particular striking example of his craftsmanship. Though labeled a Freehand, this piece most immediately brings to mind the Cutty shape, what with its dramatically canted, Egg-like bowl and fluidly bent shank-and-stem arrangement. Unlike the Cutty, however, this piece boasts some striking ridgelines, both around the bowl and along the shank, that add a bit of structure to the composition without overpowering the shape's dynamic, free-flowing stance. It's presented in a glossy, auburn-hued smooth finish that highlights expansive constellations of birdseye on the fore and aft side of the bowl.

--Davin Hylton

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Chamber Carbonizing Finish Faded Stamping Worn From Buffing

  • Length: 5.61 in./142.49 mm.
  • Weight: 1.82 oz./51.71 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.23 in./56.64 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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