Dunhill: Root Briar with Bamboo (4105) (2018)

Product Number: 002-015-5004

Dunhill's bamboo-adorned pieces are also referred to as "Whangee" pipes. The term comes from the Mandarin word for bamboo, huáng lí and was used to describe canes and umbrellas with bamboo handles throughout the early- to mid-1900s before being attributed to pipes — Dunhill's in particular. The organic, knuckled material came to prominence in pipe making during the briar shortage that accompanied and followed WWII. As a means of saving on briar, pipe makers would extend the shank with bamboo, as seen here on ths "05" Dublin. While a shortage of briar no longer informs the use of bamboo accoutrements, the aesthetic has become a staple within pipe making, Dunhill's "Whangees" having been an integral part of that history.

The highest honor for a Dunhill pipe is to receive the prestigious Root Briar appellation. Root Briars have been coveted by pipe smokers ever since they first debuted in 1931, due to the fact that each pipe must boast briar completely free of even the most minor of blemishes. Dunhill has the strictest of standards and expectations for quality with all of their pipes, and so any block of briar that comes to bear the Root Briar stamp must indeed be superlative.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.43 in./163.32 mm.
  • Weight: 1.28 oz./36.29 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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