BriarWorks: Classic Dark Rusticated with Tortoise Stem (C52) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-696-8883

The "C52" Rhodesian from BriarWorks is a modern interpretation of Comoy's vintage "498" shape. We've seen estate examples of the Comoy's design dating to the 1930s, and it's an old Anglo-French shape that renders the iconic Rhodesian form in plump, dramatically muscular proportions. BriarWorks' rendition stays true to the memorable form's characteristic design cues, featuring a stout shank, hearty transition, and a squat bowl with beadlines set just higher than the shank's top line. As such, it's a pleasantly compact pipe but with no shortage of in-hand substance.

As the name suggests, BriarWorks' Classic series comprises iconic, shape-chart standards and represents the workshop's standard-production lineup. While every BriarWorks stummel is carved on CNC (computer numerical control) machines based on pre-established templates for consistent shaping across renditions, the stem-fitting and finishing processes are entirely hand-applied by the American workshop's team of artisans: Pete Prevost, Bill Shalosky, and Micah Redmond. All three men are artisan pipe makers in their own rights, and BriarWorks' production model of combining mass-production processes with hand-applied, artisanal techniques results in modestly priced pipes with the engineering and aesthetic quality of handmade work. This particular example wears the workshop's Dark rusticated finish, offering a crisp, wire-brushed texture.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.20 in./132.08 mm.
  • Weight: 2.02 oz./57.15 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.17 in./29.72 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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