Brighton James: Smooth Bent Egg with Horn Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-973-0005

Combining the elegant engineering and refinement of traditional sensibilities with the bold, boundary-pushing elements of contemporary pipe design, Brighton James de los Santos has cultivated a wholly distinctive shaping language, one deeply entrenched in organicism and pristine, free-flowing line work. Much of Brighton's portfolio consists of artistically-inclined pieces, many of which call to mind the playful character of the Danish Fancy movement. The American artisan boasts an impressive shaping acumen, his body of work featuring pipes with a sculptural disposition, with this bent Egg being a more grounded showcase of Brighton's design philosophy.

While more reserved in its shaping, Brighton has imbued this piece with a whimsical touch and a lively, dynamic profile. This pipe possesses a forward-urging stance, with a sweeping undercurve carrying the composition. From the arcing heel, the bowl grows supple, curvaceous walls that curl gracefully toward the subtly beveled rim, creating a figure that contours naturally and eagerly to the hand. From the bowl, a hearty, compact shank curves sinuously upward, fashioned with a bulbous, flaring mount of jet-black vulcanite, its inky complexion delightfully contrasted by a horn inlay near the junction. From there, the mount accepts a slender, arcing stem, the arrangement promoting a comfortable smoking posture. Additionally, Brighton has further accentuated this piece's playful demeanor by carefully employing asymmetry, with the fore of the rim canting slightly toward the right and the shank and mount tilting slightly to the left. Dressing the stummel is a rich, chestnut smooth finish, revealing stunning birdseye traveling from the fore to the underside and fine cross grain along the left flank.

- Joshua Carroll
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.63 in./143.00 mm.
  • Weight: 2.72 oz./77.11 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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