Rattray's: Fachen (107) (9mm)

Product Number: 002-599-2134

Like Rattray's "99" design, the Scottish marque's "107" is a compact bent Apple of stout proportions and nosewarmer dimensions. The "107" is a touch longer, made more slender by the stretched saddle stem, but maintains a good deal of substance while being conveniently pocket-sized. It remains comfortable in hand, and the stout proportions of the shank do well to match the bowl's robust, low-set waistline — meaning there's plenty of insulation around the chamber and room to accommodate a 9mm filter in the tenon and mortise.

Described by John Francis Campbell in Popular Tales of the West Highlands, a four-volume compilation of fairy tales and Scottish folklore, the Fachen is a giant of singular features, displaying a single eye in the middle of its face, a single tuft of hair atop its head, a single hand protruding from its chest, and a single leg supporting it from below. Oddly enough, that description fits in quite well with the characteristics of a pipe: a single shank emerging from the side of a single bowl (like an arm from out of the chest), within which lies a single chamber (a myopic eye), and after issuing a charring light, such loose leaves of tobacco could very well resemble a tuft of hair. Such uncanny similarities have prompted the Scottish marque to devote a whole series to the mythical beast, offering pipes marked by a dark green color palette and a sandblasted finish.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.57 in./116.08 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.14 in./28.96 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: 9mm
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Other
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