Jacono: Rook Freehand (E) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-616-1555

Freehand pipes are uncommon to see from the Jacono workshop, and especially Freehand pieces such as this one, which displays an organic, Danish-style neoclassicism that prominently features plateau. This plateau can be seen immediately from the left flank, as the entirety of the stummel on that side comprises the natural exterior of the briar burl, sanded down to reveal clusters of birdseye atop the organic peaks. This shaping creates an impressively geometrical look, and from this broad swath of plateau, the shape rounds out, curving into a domed arrangement that arcs to the other side. A flattened underside supports this pipe and its hearty substance admirably, completing its half-oval look and displaying a stunning flame grain pattern beneath the stummel's warm, light, smooth finish: contrasted nicely by the shimmering acrylic saddle stem paired to the short shank out back.

In 1981, Tonino Jacono's father-in-law extended an offer to start a new pipe-making workshop, his father-in-law providing high-quality briar from his job at a briar-cutting mill, his brother shaping the pipes, and Tonino himself doing the finishing. The idea was developed further, and, two years later, the first Jacono pipes were made in 1983 from out of the family's small workshop in Jesi, Italy. Tonino's start at this new venture was guided by a simple principle: offer pipes of the highest possible quality at the best possible price. Tonino now heads the company and has taken on carving responsibilities himself, staying true to his original goal, though benefiting from more than three decades of pipe-making experience and a reputation for excellence.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.12 in./130.05 mm.
  • Weight: 3.30 oz./93.55 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.40 in./60.96 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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