Askwith: Sandblasted Morta Devil Anse with Briar Stem

Product Number: 002-499-0267

The Devil Anse has developed a dedicated following ever since the iconic design appeared in the Hatfields & McCoys mini-series with several artisans and workshops delivering their own renditions over the years. Chris Askwith is certainly no stranger to the beloved shape as the English carver has crafted quite a few of them, with each one being unique and immediately recognizable as Askwith's work. This is primarily due to Chris's penchant for alternative materials and the eye-catching colors he utilizes on his pipes. Here, Chris has fashioned the Devil Anse from jet-black morta, which is semi-petrified bog oak and is a pipemaking material that's renowned for its light weight. The medium is also heralded for the fascinating grain patterns that can be unveiled through sandblasting, a quality Askwith has taken full advantage of with this example. The stummel displays tight, vertically oriented streaks of grain and offers a delightfully crisp texture in hand. It's then paired to a tapered mouthpiece crafted from briar with the warm chestnut stain providing some excellent contrast to the dark stummel.

It's also an incredibly compact take on the shape as it measures slightly over four inches from bowl to button and can easily be slipped into a pocket at a moment's notice. The plump, Apple-like bowl displays the shape's signature forward cant and houses a surprisingly deep chamber for its size. It can be clenched effortlessly thanks to its light weight and abbreviated length, making this an ideal choice for anyone looking for a nosewarmer or a versatile travel pipe.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.13 in./104.90 mm.
  • Weight: 0.80 oz./22.68 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.42 in./36.07 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Devil Anse
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Morta
  • Country: England
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