Davide Iafisco: Smooth Egg with Silver

Product Number: 002-702-0105

An Italian pipe maker, Davide Iafisco fashions pipes indicative of the Danish influence on artisan pipe making, despite not being from Denmark himself. Many carvers around the world, from Greece and Italy to Japan and the United States, draw inspiration from Danish shaping cues thanks to the influence of Sixten Ivarsson, Lars Ivarsson, Jess Chonowitsch, Hans "Former" Nielsen, Tom Eltang, and other Danish greats. Artisan pipe making is inextricably intertwined with Danish design and many artisan-made pieces take inspiration from Danish shaping cues, even if the carver who made them isn't from Denmark. Davide is one such talented artisan, and this Egg does well to represent that Danish influence.

Supple and plump, the bowl bulges at the waistline but tapers toward the rim and the heel, separating it from the more consistently rotund Apple design, and in this rendition that bowl pitches forward out of the transition. An elegant taper runs consistently through the shank and stem, merging those to elements together and adding sleek refinement to the profile. That elegance is matched, then, by the presentation: A dark contrast stain covers the stummel's smooth finish, revealing tight-knit whorls of birdseye, and the dark palette draws attention to the sterling silver accent band adorning the shank end. Such sleek shaping combined with the forward-canted Egg bowl liken this piece to the Devil Anse shape, a design that's become popular among artisan carvers — Tom Eltang's signature rendition readily coming to mind — but this rendition from Iafisco opts for a larger overall scale and a round shank, offering a bit more substance and chamber depth than other Devil Anse examples, not to mention more surface area on which to showcase this block's immaculate grain.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.59 in./141.99 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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