Grechukhin: Sandblasted Morta Blowfish with Palm

Product Number: 002-497-0238

While Vladimir Grechukhin certainly isn't a carver that shies away from using alternative materials in his work, morta is a medium we've only seen the Russian artisan utilize of handful of times previously. He's even incorporated morta on dual-finished pieces, an approach not often seen from most pipemakers, but then again not many carvers are as daring as Grechukhin. This Blowfish offering definitely reaffirms that previous statement, showcasing Vladimir's excellent engineering and precise line work. The Blowfish is a shape the Russian artisan will usually craft when using morta, but this particular rendition sticks to a darker color palette, utilizing palm wood as an accenting material rather than the pale tones of bamboo of boxwood. It's an excellent complement to the jet-black morta, here displaying a leopard pattern across its surface.

Shape-wise, this example maintains the firm ridgelines and bulging flanks expected from the Blowfish, but offers an exceptionally rugged texture thanks to the sandblasted finish. Two ridgelines, one along the shank's underside, the other along the rim's rear left side, work in tandem to form the bulging disc-like panels along the flanks and gives the piece a sturdy in hand feel. The left flank is given more prominence compared to the right side, giving the piece a slightly asymmetric orientation when viewed from the smoker's perspective. The sandblasted finish has unveiled some mesmerizing grain patterns across the entirety of the stummel's surface, its crisp texture providing plenty of tactile enjoyment. Simply a stellar piece from the Russian master.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.62 in./117.35 mm.
  • Weight: 1.79 oz./50.80 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Morta
  • Country: Russia
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