Danish Estates: S. Bang Smooth Apple (A) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-34513

S. Bang pipes are named for Svend Bang, the founder of the workshop in which two of the most talented individual artisans in the pipe world worked for nearly their entire careers. While Svend may not have carved too many pipes himself, he did bring together the dynamic duo of Per Hansen and Ulf Noltensmeier, and that itself is an achievement of its own. In the over 50 years that the two worked for the workshop, they not only honed their skills, but nearly perfected them, and when Bang himself retired in 1984, Hansen and Noltensmeier took over all operations for the small company, keeping the name to honor their proprietor. As of 2019 both artisans have retired from pipe making, leaving behind a legacy of superb shaping, excellent finishing, and exemplary smoking properties in their pieces, each one the result of painstaking work that prioritizes quality over all else.

There's a distinct sense of momentum running through this piece that I can't help but appreciate, as it feels as if every part of this pipe's construction is gently building toward it, from the soft arc of the stem, to the subtle upward flick of the shank, all working to push the bowl ever onward. Said stem is a demurely downturned stretch of tapered black vulcanite that meets an ovoid shank, the combination creating an elegantly fluid display of line out back. As the shank flows out of the wide transition, it takes on an easy taper, one which is continued by the stem and which emphasizes the presence of the bowl. The tapering pairing additionally slenderizes the aft portion of the composition, poising the stem for comfortable smoking. The bowl sits atop a subtly lifted heel, thrusting its plump form into prominence, while a gentle forward cant serves as the apex of the building momentum that's been fostered through the rest of the pipe's growth: The overall silhouette granted a dynamic and alluring stance. The walls of this bowl are supple, rounded very nicely and provide an extremely comfortable feel in hand, its high-set waistline pushing the briar out more at the fore or aft than at the flanks, making for a look that is different depending on how this pipe is viewed, though its arcing taper to the rim is still present. Dressing the briar here is a vivid walnut contrast stain that unveils a wealth of handsome grain, with flame wrapping around the bowl and dense birdseye capping the rim amidst peaks of plateau.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Chamber Carbonizing

  • Length: 5.61 in./142.49 mm.
  • Weight: 2.56 oz./72.57 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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