S. Bang: Smooth Blowfish (PH) (1837)

Product Number: 002-816-0009

This piece, in my opinion, represents the best of this batch of S. Bang pipes. Per Hansen can make a Blowfish, and in a restrained style that maintains classic pipe characteristics while still leaping from the structure of traditional shaping in a creative masterpiece. There's asymmetry at work here, for sure, but it is relatively subtle for a Blowfish. Cheeking on both sides is profound, evoking an almost Egg-like shape in profile. The left side of the shank is curved to a lesser degree than the right, with a crisp ridge running along the bottom and all the way up to the rim on the far side, where the top offers a gentle point at the far side of the bowl, reflected by the near side ridge that extends from the top of the shank. These two lines provide a teardrop shape to the top of the bowl, or perhaps eye-shaped would be more accurate. As for grain, I'm tearing up here. If you've never been so impressed by a pipe that you had goosebumps, this is the piece to fulfill the experience. Birdseye galore, and then more birdseye, punctuated by straight grain along the bottom and top. It's a pleasure to hold, and I can only imagine the satisfaction that would come from smoking it.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.38 in./136.65 mm.
  • Weight: 2.30 oz./65.20 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.92 in./48.77 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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