Becker: Sandblasted Dublin (Three Clubs) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-007-0892

One of the most distinctive names in all of Italian pipe making, Becker Pipes was founded by Fritz Becker in 1974 with his son Paolo. Fritz unfortunately passed away in 1991, and Paolo too in 2014, though the Becker workshop continues, now in their third generation with Federico Becker, Paolo's son. Quite different from the Italian neoclassical style, or English, or most other schools of design for that matter, Becker pipes are uniquely their own, with a focus on svelte proportions, clean lines, and practical shaping, all of which are reflected in this straight Dublin.

There is a palpable sleekness about the shank-and-stem combination of this piece which I really enjoy, the tapered arrangement of the pair creating a gentle decline and soft slope that gradually ebbs out from a wide transition. Said transition is more than wide enough to drape a digit and sits quite low on the bowl, fostering an aerodynamic outline that is further magnified by the iconic heel, its sharp point centering the visual weight on the bowl and adding a lovely bit of angularity to the silhouette. Remarkably lightweight and easy to hold in a clench, the outline of this composition affords it a unique look that's reminiscent of both its namesake and the Rhodesian. The tall bowl blooms out, rising from the heel and expanding toward a high-set ridge that additionally marks a swift taper to the chamfered rim, the walls full of enough curvature to lend comfort in the hand. A dark, earthy sandblast dresses the briar here, revealing some handsome grain all around, with ring grain rippling around the bowl, the black vulcanite of the stem keeping this pipe looking serious.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.22 in./132.59 mm.
  • Weight: 0.70 oz./19.84 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.25 in./31.75 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Dublin
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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