American Estates: J. Alan Partially Sandblasted Blowfish with Silver (478) (2010) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-009-11666

Jeff Gracik, the man behind J. Alan pipes, is certainly no stranger to the Blowfish shape, though this example stands out from the others in his impressively diverse portfolio. Many of the previous ones I've encountered have been long and lean of shank, displaying an implied sense of forward urging momentum. This particular piece maintains that forward momentum but does so in a more tightly-knit and highly structural manner, utilizing precise line work and a dual finish to great effect. Ridgelines outline the shape's signature bulging disc-like panels and have been left smooth, stained a light chestnut hue to highlight a beautiful array of birdseye. The rest of the stummel has been treated to a carefully applied sandblast as just one tiny mistake would have ruined everything and thrown off the entire composition. A line of sandblasted briar emanates from out of the shank face and curls along the entire underside, eventually wrapping around the bowl's fore and carrying over to the aft and entire topside of the shank. Whether you're wanting to experience a pipe crafted by one of America's premier pipemakers or are looking to add a stand out piece to your collection of J. Alan pipes, there's no going wrong with this one. It's presented here in unsmoked condition.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details


A (In Script)
  • Length: 5.98 in./151.89 mm.
  • Weight: 3.36 oz./95.25 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.22 in./56.39 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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