Martelo: Smooth Jatoba with Bamboo and Boxwood Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-694-0048

You'll be challenged in finding a pipe with more personality than this Martelo Jatoba with bamboo and boxwood. Five knuckles of bamboo punctuate the shank extension in a gentle curve, rising from the upturned briar shank. The piece has a distinct character of the Ramses shape by Bo Nordh, but without the briar connection of shank and bowl; instead, Gustavo Cunha has separated the two elements in an echoing curvature, with the inside curve of the bowl curling over the top the tobacco chamber and paralleling the shank. However, Cunha has not relied on the Ramses, but on the fruit pods of the jatobazeiro tree in Brazil, which this shape resembles, and it's become something of a signature shape for Martelo. In silhouette, this remarkable pipe is a study in complementary curves. The outside curve of the bowl in profile matches the undercurve of the bamboo shank extension just as the inside curve does. As for grain, please stand back and keep your arms and legs inside the car, because it's a rush of phenomenal birdseye perfectly oriented on left and right flanks, the right side entirely encompassed by birdseye and the left a slightly smaller expanse, with tight horizontal grain forward and aft. The scalloped rim is evident in profile, imbuing the piece with slight forward momentum. A boxwood ring at the end of shank extension is almost identical in color to the bamboo, but provides a contrast of texture before the eye travels to the saddle stem. Balanced and intuitive in hand, it's a unique and creative rendition.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.32 in./109.73 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.26 in./57.40 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.14 in./54.36 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Brazil
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