GH.ZHANG: Contrast Sandblasted Brandy (Sergey Ailarov) (03) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-937-0053

Guo Hui Zhang's passion for pipes began with his work as an importer and purveyor of pipe-making materials. Zhang's understanding of large-scale pipe logistics inspired an exciting idea: the mass production of high-quality, artisan pipes. In 2017, he opened the GH Zhang workshop and partnered with pipe makers around the world to achieve his vision. Each GH Zhang pipe is designed by a famous artisan pipe maker and shaped on a CNC machine before being finished by hand and fitted with stems by the team at GH Zhang. Offering more than 40 shapes in smooth and sandblasted finishes, GH Zhang presents pipe smokers with a rare opportunity to procure artisan-style pipes at an accessible price.

One of Russia's most prominent pipe-makers, Sergey Ailarov constantly thinks about pipe design, always sketching out his shapes before carving them. Ailarov draws on Danish, Japanese, and American pipe aesthetics for inspiration, which coalesce into his unique style that is put on proud display here by GH Zhang. This Ailarov "03" Brandy by GH Zhang is reminiscent of Ailarov's other work, especially this Long Shank Apple. The pert, voloptuous bowl; elongated, cylindrical shank; and abbreviated saddle stem imbue this piece with a sleek profile and graceful balance, much like the iconic Lovat shape. Additionally, the bowl's underside has been flattened, making this shapely piece a surprisingly stable Sitter. This particular Ailarov "03" is dressed here in a auburn-hued sandblast, the rugged texture of the exposed growth rings exuding rustic appeal, while the trim rim wears a smooth finish for a palpable contrast.

--Zach Podl

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.72 in./145.16 mm.
  • Weight: 1.31 oz./37.13 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.60 in./40.68 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.37 in./34.71 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.70 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.66 in./42.28 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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