Konstantin Shekita: Pierced Lattice Freehand

Product Number: 002-600-0015

With a change-up rivaling Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, Konstantin Shekita takes his seemingly impossible lattice work and acumen within the pierced-shape genre, and shifts his aesthetic from Nihon-organic to modernist, with the same sense of the effortless that the former takes an identical baseball, and follows up a 100mph fast ball with a gut dropping split-finger. While both wizards excel at either end of their work spectrum, and do so with the same tool(s) they usually employ, rather than dismaying both batter and an away crowd alike, this change-up should delight any fan of amazing briar design.

At first glance, I took this envelope-pushing design to be a rocker, but it actually sits with a fine, resolute stability on a bed of plateau; the only non-smooth surface which doesn't present lattice. Perhaps even more fascinating than the lattice (if that's even possible) is the dynamic, ever-so-slightly edgy rise, swoop and flow of the insanely grained smooth surface, and how it interacts will the softer, more rounded personality of the lattice territory. Up until this very moment, the Shekita lattice work we have seen has never been paired with another surface/texture. It was eight months in coming to us, but well worth the wait.

--R. 'Bear' Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 7.49 in./190.25 mm.
  • Weight: 3.30 oz./93.55 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.27 in./57.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Ukraine
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