Grechukhin: Smooth Bent Apple with Polymerized Organics (G65)

Product Number: 002-497-0105

In September of this year, Vladimir Grechukhin marked his 65th birthday by producing seven special briars bearing a "G65" stamp, a variation on his usual "G" stamp reserved for those pieces he takes particular pride in. Of those seven briars we have been fortunate enough to receive two: one symmetrical in design, and one asymmetrical.

This "G65" is, of course, the symmetrical briar, and indeed a textbook example of Grechukhin style at its strongest when applied to classic shape, right down to the muscular curve of a vertical-oval shank. Tight-knit yet avoiding any sense of being "bunched up", broad and substantial yet favoring a style of powerful firmness over plumpness, this Apple does a fine job of capturing Vladimir's skill at applying long, smooth, steady lines to well-balanced pipe design. Though I wouldn't call Grechukhin's classic shape-based, symmetrical designs Streamline Moderne, his approach to them does share the same fundamentals of clean, efficient aesthetics, defining forms that suggest a potent combination of mass and potential motive force.

- Eric N. Squires

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.81 in./122.17 mm.
  • Weight: 2.72 oz./77.11 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.97 in./50.04 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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