German Estates: Joura Sandblasted Bent Billiard (366) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-005-6734

Karlheinz Joura has led an incredible life: a former champion diver and Communist defector from East Germany, escaping the iron grasp of Joseph Stalin and the Stasi by hiding in the bowels of a cargo ship. It is also doubtless that Joura's future pipe making was inspired by this daring bid for freedom, as he has made himself something of an outlier in the pipe making world, owed to the fact that he has only ever visited the workshop of Bo Nordh, a man that, like Karlheinz, used machinery of his own making.

A rather plump take on the bent Billiard, this piece boasts supple and charmingly rotund shaping around the bowl, lending the pipe a comfortable feel in hand. The bowl itself features a low-set waist that marks the start of sleekly tapering walls which rise toward a flat rim, the slight Brandy-esque shaping enhancing the comfortably curvaceous contours of this pipe. A forward cant at the bowl lends it a subtle bit of dynamism, while a wide transition out back gives way to a lifting shank that tapers as it reaches toward a similarly tapering stem of demurely curved jet-black vulcanite. This pairing nicely balances some of the bowl's visual weight and provides a comfortable smoking posture, the black vulcanite of the stem complementing the inky sandblast dressing the stummel. This sandblast is remarkably soft, though it unveils a rich, understated array of rippling ring grain cascading down the walls of the bowl: striated occasionally by raised, visual flame.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

Finish Buffed Off Rim Mild Chamber Carbonizing Finish Worn From Buffing

JOURA (Underlined)
  • Length: 5.13 in./130.30 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.16 in./54.86 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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