Ardor: Mercurio Freehand Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-004-2944

This freehand pipe from Ardor reminds me of a combination of Rhodesian and bent Egg shapes, combining the sweeping heel, curving shank, and tall bowl of the latter with the vague bowl shape of the former. The stem, a sleek arc of amber and gold veined acrylic, feeds into a trim shank, one which sweeps into a long heel and transitions with fluidity, eking back toward the aft to join an undulating ridgeline that wraps around the bowl. This ridgeline denotes the zenith of a rather profound flare, which tapers slowly to the rim, giving the bowl a reasonable height, rim carved in a slowly, deeply undulating wave. This piece is defined by its curves, as each angle gives one another opportunity to observe their suppleness in a new perspective. The stummel comes dressed in a sunny auburn stain, bordering on honey, that reveals flame grain on all sides.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.81 in./147.57 mm.
  • Weight: 1.76 oz./49.90 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.08 in./52.83 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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