German Estates: Cornelius Maenz Sandblasted Dublin Calabash Sitter with Boxwood (2011)
Product Number: 004-005-9005
Cornelius Maenz is an independently-minded artisan who makes pipes only one way: His way. This is quite fortunate, as his way mainly involves things like superb design, precise shaping and engineering, and the exclusive use of high-quality, natural materials. He applies this approach right down to the littlest details, including, in this Calabash's case, the gasket that creates a snug seal between the separable cap-and-chamber and the cooling chamber of the sandblasted briar itself. Not only did he use natural cork (rather than the more common conglomerated-particle sort), but he even mounted it flush, which serves both to make for a more attractive presentation of even a seldom-exposed feature, and to lend the gasket itself more support.
Said cap-and-chamber is a composite piece, with beautifully smooth boxwood for the former, and cross-grained briar for the latter, while the briar itself is consistently-ring grained, jet-black of finish, and, of course, skillfully, exquisitely formed.
- Eric N. Squires
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Measurements & Other Details
Condition: 4.35/5 Rim darkening, plus a soft spot in the chamber was gouged out from smoking and reaming.
- Length: 6.55 in./166.37 mm.
- Weight: 3.20 oz./90.72 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.76 in./70.10 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 2.37 in./60.20 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Calabash
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: Germany