German Estates: Rainer Barbi Smooth Bent Brandy (VF) (A1) (2002) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-005-5168

Influential as a carver and reputedly possessed of a very amiable nature, Rainer Barbi was Germany's premier artisan during his several-decades career before passing in 2011. This bent Brandy boasts a rather hearty, rounded bowl with a softly chamfered rim and a lift to its heel, thanks to a paneled underside that then continues through the gestural, elongated and gradually upturned shank. Topped by an abbreviated saddle mouthpiece that turns down a bit for a comfortable smoking posture, this pipe is quite dynamic in profile, the bowl's robustness offset by the lengthy, trimmer shank-and-stem arrangement.

The handsome auburn contrast stain of the smooth finish brings out a vast array of fiery licks of flame grain not only across all flanks, but through the shank as well, something not common to many artisans. As if that wasn't enough, a wealth of birdseye covers the pipe's entire underside and along that rim, making this one of the best-grained pipes I've seen.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

Smoked, But Rather Clean

  • Length: 6.28 in./159.51 mm.
  • Weight: 2.40 oz./68.04 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.01 in./51.05 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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