American Estates: Alex Florov Smooth Blowfish with Bamboo (OC) (2018) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-16353

Originally from Moscow, Russia, where he meticulously restored museum-quality furniture, Alex Florov moved to Chicago and had a successful industrial design career before becoming a pipe maker in 2004. Now he applies his unique depth and variety of skills so efficiently he has become one of the world's premier pipe artisans and is famous for carving most of his pipes by hand with chisels for incredible precision.

This Blowfish rendition proclaims Florov's mastery of difficult linework, as he has seamlessly woven a clearly demarcated central panel with sinuous curvature to create an effect simultaneously both soft and crisp. Following the grain perfectly as it expands from right to left, Alex contoured the ridgelines to go with the briar, creating flanks that start as a concave then swell magically to become converse, while leaving the central panel delightfully straight between. The design is contrasted by two pale knuckles of bamboo and topped by a trim saddle stem of hand-shaped vulcanite, bent just slightly to offer a comfortable smoke. Stamped "OC" for Old Corsican briar, it wears a lighter stain and smooth finish that illuminate the uniform cross grain of perfectly, completing a pipe that demands both contemplation and admiration. Perhaps the previous owner collected it for that purpose alone, as it somehow remains unsmoked.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details


  • Length: 6.10 in./154.94 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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