Davide Iafisco: Smooth Saddle Billiard

Product Number: 002-702-0057

While the Billiard is a pipemaking mainstay, often streamlined, the number of variations on the shape prove that it is worthy of our attention. Davide has handled the shape with a clear understanding of this idea, providing plenty of points of visual interest. We can see a touch of Italian flare in the neo-classical distribution of visual weight, with bowl taking up nearly half of this pipe's total length, but it has been combined with a hint of American industrial style — with a short stretch of shank and similarly abbreviated saddle-stem providing a utilitarian, modernist balance. Davide's effective use of contrast stains is on display as well, this warm, glowing tone providing not only a handsome, classical finish but also showing off a splendid cross-cut grain pattern, with seas of birdseye to either flank. Overall, this is a striking piece for the classically-minded.

- Rachel DuBose

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.43 in./112.52 mm.
  • Weight: 1.31 oz./37.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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