Former: Smooth Billiard with Silver

Product Number: 002-017-0302

While I've seen some light, lean classics made by Hans "Former" Nielsen over time, this straight Billiard is a standout. Less lean and more muscular in its features, it takes a traditional shape and imbues it with some of his robust style of shaping. The upright bowl is softly-rounded, but with an extra touch of plumpness near the base; the shank is more stout than some of the classical interpretations in the Danish school; even the sterling silver band is given a touch of extra weight at the end of the shank. All of this, and yet, the underlying form is as recognizable as ever, each detail forming a coherent whole, upon which a warm stain can draw the briar's grain to the forefront, allowing it center stage. "Charming" is the word I'd use — not just visually, but in hand.

- Rachel DuBose
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.10 in./129.54 mm.
  • Weight: 1.18 oz./33.57 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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