Askwith: Rusticated Bent Pot Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-499-0447

English artisan Chris Askwith typically creates finely wrought examples of classic English shapes. Here, however, Chris gives us a dramatic bent Pot rendition that is a clear tribute to Castello's iconic "55" shape. In true Italian neoclassical form, this piece presents a bold, eye-catching silhouette, with a wide, muscular bowl set to a continuously tapering shank-and-stem arrangement. The bowl stands atop a pronounced, forward-surging heel, reminiscent of the iconic "55", while the shank and stem possess a distinctive Hawkbill-like curvature.

Chris didn't settle for a dramatic shape, however. He dressed the stummel in an ink-black rustication for plenty of in-hand stimulation, smoothly polishing the broad, chamfered rim and staining it a dark ruby color for pleasing contrast. Askwith uses unique, hand-detailed polyester stems, and he's topped this particular offering with a stem of muted black and red hues that both unify with the stummel's coloration and provide a pop of bespoke color to the overall form. Chris has made this shape before, but we don't have the pleasure of seeing it often, so if you are a fan of his work and like Italian designs, this will no doubt be a pipe of interest.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.23 in./132.84 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.02 in./25.91 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Pot
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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