American Estates: Ernie Markle Sandblasted Dirigible (2014) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-7033

What do you call a super-chubby mix of Rhodesian and Apple? I don't know, but Ernie's gone with Dirigible, and since it's his shape, I won't argue. More important than novel nomenclature, what this briar offers is a very fully proportioned shape that remains both graceful in the lines of its profile, and (fittingly) buoyant in form. For all the mass and substance in this pipe, in other words, it's become anything but weighed down or stolid in style. Full-bodied and naturally arranged in hand (whether held cradled or gripped, for the record), plenty of chamber, loads of briar in the walls for a mellow warmth, packing plenty of grain (both ring and flame, simultaneously), and finished in a rich, smokey stain, this is simply an impressive composition, by any name.

- Eric N. Squires

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4.9/5 Smoked, but rather clean.
  • Length: 5.57 in./141.48 mm.
  • Weight: 3.10 oz./87.88 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.08 in./52.83 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.15 in./54.61 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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