Askwith: Sandblasted Poker with Bamboo

Product Number: 002-499-0305

This Poker is one of Chris Askwith's more traditional and reserved pieces, compared to his oft-seen use of vibrant colors, morta, and eye-catching finishes (such as the Moon Rock). The shaping is quite classic, and while it incorporates bamboo — an accenting material that today is often associated with artisan pipe making — such a style actually hearkens back to WWII-era Dunhill, who began adding bamboo to pipes as a way to save on briar consumption during that tumultuous time. This Poker exudes the style of those pipes, affectionately referred to as "Whangees," a name used for bamboo-adorned canes and umbrellas of that era. Chris pays homage to that aesthetic here, and the English carver maintained a light palette, pairing the bamboo with a tanblasted stummel. The bowl is a bit squat compared to the length of the shank-and-stem combination, and the heel is heavily canted to ensure sturdy sitting. An excellent, classically inspired rendition, it's fitted with one of Askwith's signature polyester stems, and the briar will darken with character as it patinates over the years.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.97 in./151.64 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.30 in./33.02 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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