Davide Iafisco: Smooth Billiard with Ivorite Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-702-0174

Davide Iafisco's design principles are among the most artistically inclined as any in the world of pipe making, and I find this appropriate given his incredibly philosophical, almost spiritual approach to the medium, something which I both appreciate and empathize with. His start in this journey was sparked by an appreciation for classic, traditional shapes and the longstanding tradition of carving among the various Anglo-French marques, as well as the comparatively more recent rise in Italy's pipe making. Inspired along the way by the work of many modern artisans, Iafisco's own offerings became more Danish-inspired and organically inclined and certainly more strikingly stylized.

This Billiard is one of Iafisco's more classically-inclined pieces, with a timeless silhouette and a stocky, compact build that keeps its overall length well under five inches. Though a short pipe, there's still a good deal of substance about its construction, its shank and stem combination possessed of a slenderness that keeps much of the visual weight focused on the bowl. Said shank and stem pair to the bowl via a wide transition, the shank itself tapering very gently toward the saddle stem's stretch of green and black brindled vulcanite, with a trim band of Ivorite at the stem's base marking the junction. Up front, the bowl stands on a rounded heel and grows impressively plump walls, its low-set waist offering plenty of comfort in the hand before starting a slow, easy taper to the plump, softly inflated rim. The bowl cants forward gently from atop its heel, the easy contours of its walls affording it a Danish sensibility that fits in well with Iafisco's style. Dressed in a warm, rich, smooth finish, the stummel showcases handsome grain throughout, with an especially impressive ocean of birdseye across the left flank of the bowl.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.80 in./121.92 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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