"Pencil shank" was a term coined to describe, of course, an especially slender shank. This probably started as a bit of an exaggeration, to refer to shanks that were not actually as slim as the typical pencil. Time marches on however, and pipemakers have pushed things further, and further. This Kyriazanos? Its fine, fine, delicately tapered stretch of shank would actually be a good deal more gracile than most pencils. This sort of thing of course calls for the adoption of some different techniques, compared to a more typical briar shank. Specifically artisans like Michail have drawn from the techniques used in making especially slender bamboo-shanked pipes — like the use of surgical grade stainless steel for the tenon here.
- Eric N. Squires
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