American Estates: Ron Fairchild Smooth Zulu (2009)

Product Number: 004-009-5689

From all that I've heard from Adam, Ron Fairchild is a downright pleasant fellow to meet: good-natured, a rousing conversationalist, and apparently "tall", which I guess is always a good way to make a lasting first impression. He also makes a damn good pipe too, for which I do have a firsthand account.

What first struck me about this pipe was the presentation - the near perfect panorama of birdseye and the well oriented cross-grain, not to mention the cumberland stem. The shape is somewhat of a cross between a Dublin and Zulu, though it leans more toward the latter, and all given a quirky wave to the rim. The engineering here is second to none, which doesn't surprise me given that Fairchild grew up under a carpenter and has been carving pipes for a whopping 25 years.

-Seth Ellison

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Ron Fairchild (in script)

Condition: 4.7/5 Minor rim darkening, scorch marks on the inner rim, plus some faint scratches on the rim.
  • Length: 6.12 in./155.45 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.97 in./50.04 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Zulu
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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