Davide Iafisco: Smooth Oval Shank Bent Billiard

Product Number: 002-702-0085

There's a slight bit of irony in this batch of Davide Iafisco pipes: On one hand, we have a Futurist bent Dublin, hearkening back to an Italian art movement that rejected tradition and prioritized youth, innovation, and technology; then, Iafisco pairs it alongside this traditional bent Billiard design. While ironic in contradictory styles, such a broad range of aesthetics testifies to Davide's vast creativity and shaping skill as a carver, able to produce avant-garde designs as well as classics.

While it's clearly rooted in traditional Danish style, with its softly tapering bowl, inflated rim, and smooth-flowing disposition, this piece remains decidedly unique, showing some added firmness to the heel and being paired to an oval shank to accentuate the forward momentum and thrust the visual weight toward the bowl. Iafisco's style often caters toward the Danish school, and this piece certainly falls within that; however, the more bowl-centric proportions blend in a slight Italian neoclassic cue. The half-saddle stem provides just the right amount of accenting line interruption in profile, and the jet-black stem is paired to one of the artisan's vivid contrast stains, highlighting a glorious cross-cut grain pattern.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.51 in./114.55 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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