German Estates: Rainer Barbi Smooth Blowfish (AA) (RD) (2000) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-005-6652

Rainer Barbi began carving pipes in 1974, learning the art independently through experimentation and trial-and-error. Eventually, Barbi became the foremost pipe maker in Germany with his work being sought after by smokers around the world. Barbi's pipes are commonly dressed in vibrant, bright stains that showcase exquisite grain that are complemented by understated hardwood accents. Sadly, Barbi passed away in 2011, leaving behind a legendary pipe making legacy.

This Blowfish by Rainer Barbi is a robust rendition of the shape, the towering bowl filling the hand and the thick shank providing a proportional counterbalance. Furthermore, the underside of the piece features a wrapping strip of cross grain that is framed by two ridgelines, while a similar stretch descends along the aft from the rim to the transition. These ridges also serve to delineate the flanks: the curvaceous right flank showcases a scattershot of birdseye whorls along its broad form, whereas the sharp, defined left flank frames a smaller, more tightly-packed swath of birdseye. Therefore, when viewed in profile, the right flank makes this piece appear like a bent Egg, but the left displays a bevy of sharp, Blowfish ridges. Additionally, The orange smooth finish that dresses the briar is accompanied by an organic accent on the shank end, giving this piece a warm aura.

--Zach Podl
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Measurements & Other Details


  • Length: 6.02 in./152.91 mm.
  • Weight: 2.75 oz./78.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.73 in./69.34 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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