Dunhill: Shell Briar (3421) (2014) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-7464

Dunhill's "21" Zulu shape is one of my favorites from the English marque, keeping true to the classic profile, as is the standard for Dunhill, with its gently flaring bowl and fluid forward cant. There's just something imminently captivating about the languid flow of its lines, especially when, as in this case, it's paired to a curved stem, extending the ebb of the silhouette. There is also a kind of consistent expansion to the shape, reminding me of the Horn profile, and fostering a kind of building momentum that reaches its greatest potential energy at the fore of the rim. Dressed in the inky hues of the Shell Briar finish, this piece showcases a handsome array of blasted grain across the stummel.

The Shell Briar's addition to the Dunhill catalog was a pivotal moment in pipe smoking history. Before 1917, pipes with sandblasted finishes had never been made, and Alfred Dunhill's innovative mind created arguably the most popular finish for pipes today when he unveiled the Shell Briar. With its dark, reserved color palette and delightful texture, it's no surprise that it's still wildly popular over a century later.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.65 in./143.51 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.24 in./31.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Zulu
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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