American Estates: Maigurs Knets Smooth Billiard (377) (Two Star) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-20687

Latvian born Maigurs Knets grew up with art, drawing and sculpting for much of his childhood and, though he had found other hobbies, art has remained his passion throughout his life. After service as a border guard, he enrolled in art college, earning degrees in Antique Furniture Restoration, Wood Carving, and Sculpting, after which point he emigrated to the United states in 1990. After arriving, he found work as a modeler for the toy, industrial design, and hobby sectors, finding success, though not able to express his artistic inclination for 20 years. Through pipes, however, he found his passion rekindled, stoked into a blaze which finds him creating sculptural works of functional art that are innovative, beautiful, and smoke excellently.

This bent Billiard is one of the most striking pipes we've ever received from Knets, being an extremely subdued profile that's far from his more prevalent sculptural works. Rather, this offering is a compact, travel friendly take on an age-old shape chart archetype that showcases Knets' unique style in more subtle ways. A wide transition here leaves plenty of room to drape a digit and gives way to a trim shank that takes on an understated flare out toward a junction marked by a broad accent of hardwood which is flanked with a pair of black vulcanite fitments. Paired to the stummel here is a demurely curved saddle stem of matching black vulcanite, its slightly enhanced thickness at the bit compared to other saddles pulling some of the visual weight away from the bowl. Said bowl stands atop a rounded, pronounced heel and grows tapering walls that ride to a flattened rim, its fore wall afforded a touch of enhanced curvature compared to the aft side. Dressed in a warm mahogany stain, the stummel here showcases handsome grain throughout, with flame grain wrapping around the bowl and birdseye peppering the rim and underside.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening

☆☆ (2 Star Stamps)
  • Length: 4.54 in./115.32 mm.
  • Weight: 1.44 oz./40.82 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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