Clark Layton: Sandblasted Long Shank Blowfish

Product Number: 002-781-0002

The first thing I thought of when seeing the profile of this briar was the long-shanked pipes of Vladimir Grechukhin, which is understandable given that both Vladimir Grechukhin and Clark Layton really do mean it when "Long Shank" is included in a shape's name. However, this Layton at least does show a very different approach otherwise; where Grehcukhin's long-shanked shapes tend to play a lot with asymmetry and its effect on different perspectives, here Clark Layton has produced a design I would call rather minimalist, forgoing asymmetry and focusing instead on the easy, gradual flow of lines and gesture.

The resulting silhouette, I have to say, is simply lovely. Along with that, the forward shift of the bowl and its combination of elongation and broad, rounded panels works out very nicely in hand — both in how the form fits in a grip and in the leverage it provides to counteract having so much briar stretching so far to the rear. To top things off, Clark even managed shaping in such a way that the end result is also a stable sitter.

- Eric N. Squires

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 8.50 in./215.90 mm.
  • Weight: 2.30 oz./65.20 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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