Rattray's: Samhain (17) (9mm)

Product Number: 002-599-3191

Rattray's "17" shape is a low-slung bent Brandy with Author-like appeal in its plump, rotund bowl and lithely bent stem. It features a more slender shank and transition than an Author, though, both accentuating the bowl's muscularity and imbuing the profile with a lithe, gestural presence that adds elegance to the commanding bowl. Flowing into the bowl's slight forward cant, the sinuous shank and stem add dynamism to what is otherwise a fairly substantial shape, effectively softening the profile and balancing out the bowl's robustness.

Like Rattray's Beltane's Fire series, the Samhain line celebrates one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, specifically the one marking the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter: Samhain (pronounced "sah-win") or, as it's most colloquially known, Halloween. The festival falls on November 1st but the celebration traditionally begins on the night of October 31st, falling halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice, and as with Beltane, bonfires are common during Samhain. For this commemorative Halloween line, the Scottish marque presents pipes in an extra-dark sandblast contrasted by an acrylic stem of intermingling black and scarlet hues for a deep, smoldering motif.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.60 in./142.24 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.33 in./33.78 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.89 in./22.61 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: 9mm
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Other
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