Askwith: Sandblasted Morta Acorn Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-499-0472

When Chris Askwith started smoking a pipe in 2006, he needed to restore the estate pipes he purchased. A talented silversmith, Askwith discovered that many of his tools and skills lent themselves well to pipes. So, in 2007, Askwith pipes was born. An English artisan, Askwith draws inspiration from the Anglo-French shape charts, but incorporates modern twists, most notably his detailed finishes and colorful stems.

This Acorn by Askwith is fashioned from Morta, an alternative material to briar that Askwith utilizes quite often. Also known as Bog Oak, Morta is wood that has been submerged for thousands of years, resulting in its semi-petrified state. Furthermore, many believe Morta possesses different smoking qualities than briar, facilitating a dry, flavor-neutral smoking experience. However, the most distinct difference between Morta and briar is their color and grain pattern. As seen here on this Acorn, the detailed sandblast exposes the perpendicular growth rings and vertical grain of the jet-black Morta, producing a mesmerizing, geometric pattern. Additionally, Askwith includes one of his trademark acrylic stems, which shines with eye-catching striations of cherry-red and creamy-white hues.

Askwith's shaping is on fine display here as well, most notably at the bowl. Said bowl features some shapely contours that reach their broadest point at the high-set waistline near the rim, offering a plump in-hand feel. In contrast, the classic Acorn heel is quite sharp, and it accentuates the cheeked transition between the bowl and shank. The shank subtly tapers until it joins to the stem, which begins tapering at a greater degree and terminates at a trim bit. Overall, this Acorn offers a sleek profile and a muscular bowl, a superb showcase of both Askwith's colorful stems and the alluring appeal of Morta.

--Zach Podl

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.95 in./151.13 mm.
  • Weight: 1.41 oz./39.92 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Morta
  • Country: England
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