American Estates: Scott Klein Partially Sandblasted Mini Blowfish with Horn Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-20101

While previous Blowfish renditions from Scott Klein have featured either muscular proportions or an inherent sense of flowing organicism, the American artisan has here crafted one of his most diminutive takes on the shape to date. Although it's proportionally petite and incredibly lightweight, Scott has imbued it with several subtle details that showcase how much attention and care goes into each pipe he crafts. The bowl displays the shape's signature disc-like panels thanks to the firm ridgelines that outline them, with the right flank given slightly more prominence. While both flanks bulge slightly outwards, they're vastly different in terms of their execution and appearance. The left side, like the majority of the stummel, has been treated to a crisp sandblast and displays specks of blasted birdseye that are still visible underneath the jet-black stain.

In contrast, the right flank has been left smooth and displays a brilliant array of birdseye underneath a warm chestnut stain. Said flank also features a small kiss of plateau that provides even more organicism to an intrinsically organic design while contributing some subtle textural diversity to the composition. The transition is wide and gives way to a hexagonally-paneled shank and horn extension. The shank's paneling further contributes to the piece's precise line work, while its mix of creamy and dark tones simultaneously complements the smooth and sandblasted flanks. And for a truly impressive accenting touch, Scott has gone so far as to panel the base of the saddle stem so that it lines up perfectly with the lines of the horn accent. A magnificent piece that will never cease to provide visual and textural pleasure for years to come while providing the smoking properties expected from a gifted carver of Scott Klein's caliber.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening

USA 18
  • Length: 4.67 in./118.62 mm.
  • Weight: 1.12 oz./31.75 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.33 in./33.78 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.64 in./16.26 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.59 in./14.99 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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