Grechukhin: Smooth Blowfish with Mastodon (GG)

Product Number: 002-497-0213

You'll need to take a close look at the photos; they don't reveal everything about this Grechukhin, especially regarding the ridgelines, which don't show up digitally as well as in analog. The left side appears almost bulbous in photos, but it's a densely packed disk of birdseye, domed for best effect, and at the ridgline, orientation immediately changes to horizontal grain. Each of the panels perfectly highlights the grain. Of particular import is the narrow edge of the top of the shank, providing a thin ribbon of horizontal grain running into and curving up the bowl, the grain patterns joining in harmony. The panel running along the bottom of the shank is wider, but comprised of the same tight grain, and it wraps the bowl all the way up to the far side of the rim. In fact it wraps all the way around the pipe, across the rim and down the forward side in what is almost an endless Mobius strip.

The grain is spectacular, there's no doubt, but other elements commend this pipe as well. The use of mastadon is subtle, placed at the top of the high, almost pointed stem base. What a refined treatment. The pipe is diminutive and could easily be pocket carried, but the chamber is of normal proportions and should keep you smoking for quite a while, something you'll want to do with a pipe like this. Well-deserving of Vladimir's esteemed "GG" grade.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.36 in./110.74 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.16 in./29.46 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Russia
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