Former: Sandblasted Bent Bulldog

Product Number: 002-017-0335

While the classic form of a bent Bulldog is certainly not a design outside of Hans "Former" Nielsen's portfolio, this particular rendition employs elements we've never before seen the Danish carver utilize in this shape. Most noticeable is the piece's Horn-like profile — sinuous through the shank and stem, the transition flares into an especially forward canted bowl, imbuing the piece with a speeding dynamism. More subtle, though, is how Nielsen has extended the flanking ridgelines of the paneled shank into the heel, the hard lines protruding slightly and coming to a pointed "V" shape at the fore of the lower bowl when viewed head-on. This "V" design echoes Former's signature beadline around the bowl, which the Danish artisan renders thanks to a specific tool he designed himself that cuts the beadline into a pointed "V" orientation. A stellar, creative piece from Hans, the hard lines of the shank and about the bowl are softened slightly by the curving profile and supple sandblast, complemented handsomely by a saddle stem of cumberland.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.03 in./127.76 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.92 in./48.77 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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