Danish Estates: Ben Wade Hand Model Smooth Rhodesian Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-36079

Ben Wade is a historic English marque that was founded in 1860 by Benjamin Wade in Leeds, Yorkshire. The brand's production was centered there for over 100 years, even being rebuilt after having been destroyed by a German air raid in World War II. The brand was sold to Lane in 1962, and in 1965 the factory in Leeds was closed, with production shifting to the Charatan factory near the mid 1970s. Though Ben Wade has gone through a few changes over the years, one of the most interesting developments was the brand's partnership with Danish pipe maker Preben Holm: A key figure involved in the development and establishment of that style within the Danish pipe-making sphere. This Rhodesian from the Hand Model line is a striking take on the classic shape, with a pinched transition that immediately draws the eye to the bowl. Said bowl is even further emphasized thanks to the heel, here shaped with the bowl's lower walls to form a curving, conical shape and a pointed spur at the fore. The walls expand nicely and rise to a high-set waist marked with a firm ridgeline, the thickness of these walls aptly insulating the chamber. From out of the transition, the shank pushes out to meet a sleek saddle stem of black vulcanite, the combination's impressive thickness doing well to balance the presence of the bowl. Dressed in a warm, rich stain, the stummel showcases handsome grain throughout, working with the black vulcanite to keep the palette reserved.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Finish Faded

Ben Wade (in script)
  • Length: 5.81 in./147.57 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.99 in./25.15 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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