Misc. Estates: Dirk Claessen Smooth Fish (95) (2011) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-008-6722

The Fish is a pipe shape with roots in Danish pipe design, specifically as executed by Jess Chonowitsch and, to an extent, Lars Ivarsson. In essence, the shape features a rounded bowl (often falling between Apple, Egg, or Brandy shapes) fitted to a shank that displays a teardrop cross section. Such shaping orients a crisp ridgeline along one side; sometimes artisans will terminate that hard line at the transition, or they'll continue it through the bowl for added structure and accenting flourish. Dirk Claessen presents his own Fish rendition here, with the bowl displaying pronounced cheeking around the tight-knit transition. Claessen opted to continue the shank's flanking ridgeline all the way through the bowl, curling it up the fore to terminate at the rim. It adds intriguing texture in hand, without distracting from the gorgeous flame grain that adorns the bowl. It's presented here in unsmoked condition.

- Jeffery Sitts

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Measurements & Other Details


  • Length: 4.72 in./119.89 mm.
  • Weight: 1.98 oz./56.25 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.68 in./17.27 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Spain
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