Danish Estates: Teddy Knudsen Smooth Paneled Cherrywood Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 004-001-33121
Teddy Knudsen is one of the most well-respected and highly regarded pipe makers in the world. Knudsen's career in pipe making began in 1967 when, while in the Danish Air Force, he began making pipes to sell to his fellow airmen and staff at the radar station where he worked. From that point on, after retiring from his service, Knudsen began making pipes full time, earning a name for himself through meticulous work that focuses on perfecting the shape of every pipe he produces, reflected in his startlingly low annual production. This paneled Cherrywood from the Danish artisan is a testament to his work ethic, wherein each line and every decision in crafting the profile is made purposefully.
Not only is this an impressive piece of work, but it's a rare one from the great Danish artisan, being the first paneled rendition of its shape that we've received from Knudsen. What intrigues me immediately about this pipe is that it's actually a two-piece construction, with the bowl and shank being completely separate components that were then bonded together. The shank itself is a lengthy stretch of briar that's paired to the bowl near the middle, taking on a steep incline that leaves us with an acute transition and places the shank end above the rim. Here the shank is married to a trim saddle stem of jet-black vulcanite which has been demurely downturned at the bit for comfortable smoking. The bowl itself stands solid and cylindrical at the end of this elongated shank, resting atop a flattened heel which is slightly more taut than the bowl's walls, the walls chamfered slightly into the heel and demonstrating Knudsen's skill in rendering subtle details. These walls are surrounded by an octet of panels which are rendered with a sharp crispness that lends a muscular feel in hand while still keeping things comfortable thanks to its relatively slender build. A warm auburn stain dresses the stummel, and here we see the effect of the two piece construction, as both flanks of the bowl and shank alike are completely covered in dense clusters of birdseye, the top and underside striated with cross grain.-John McElheny
Measurements & Other Details
Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing
- Length: 6.33 in./160.78 mm.
- Weight: 1.44 oz./40.82 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.13 in./54.10 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Poker
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Denmark