Falcon: AKB Rusticated Spool
Product Number: 002-866-0073
Produced in the U.K. since the early '60s, the Falcon pipe was originally conceptualized in 1936 by American engineer Kenly Bugg of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Kenly was a lifelong pipe smoker, and he envisioned creating a pipe that could provide a cool and dry smoking experience when smoked for prolonged periods. Defined by a removable briar bowl and aluminum shank arrangement, it was a revolutionary and innovative design that focused on utility, providing a pipe with a simplified construction and fully customizable features. Due to their simple configuration and use of readily available components, Falcon pipes are accessibly priced and offer an affordable way to expand a rotation with practical, versatile, and durable, workhorse pipes. They've become an iconic staple within the pipe-smoking community, having been enjoyed for generations by a number of iconic personalities — most notably Sir Roger Moore.
As mentioned, the Falcon pipe consists of two elements: a removable bowl and an aluminum shank fitted with a stem. Offered here is the bowl component. Fashioned from meerschaum and commissioned from some of Turkey's most experienced artisans by AKB Meerschaum, it features a threaded base that screws directly into a cup-like section, called the "humidome," on the end of the Falcon's metal fuselage, with the airway drilled directly at the bottom of the chamber much like a traditional Calabash. The humidome collects any moisture that may develop while smoking, and thanks to the threaded attachment, the bowl can be disconnected to remove excess moisture, even when still hot. Falcon also offers proprietary Dry Rings — pipe cleaner-like swabs that rest in the humidome while smoking and assist in catching unwanted condensation. The pipe's unique construction also allows for the pairing of any Falcon bowl with any Falcon shank-and-stem combination, resulting in a durable pipe that can be customized for any situation.
Note: While our other pipes are photographed individually, these Falcon components are not, so please expect a reasonable level of minor cosmetic variation between the example we've photographed and the specific item you receive. Also, the final picture presents examples of fully assembled Falcon pipes; however, each component is sold separately, and not all are included with this specific product listing.
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Measurements & Other Details
- Length: n/a
- Weight: 0.50 oz./14.17 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.88 in./22.35 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
- Stem Material: N/A
- Filter: None
- Shape: N/A
- Finish: Rusticated
- Material: Meerschaum
- Country: England