Former: Smooth Bent Egg Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-017-0413

Among the most organically curvaceous of shapes, the Egg is defined by its softly contoured flanks and plump waistline in a vertically elongated form. It's a shape that requires experience because proportion is paramount and the most seemingly insignificant miscalculation of line or curve can render it a failure. But where experience is necessary, Former is well-equipped. He has 60 years' worth. He started at the age of 15 in the workshop of Poul Rasmussen, and since then has been making some of the most acclaimed pipes in the world.

This Egg reveals the precise mastery of curvature that such experience provides when partnered with natural talent. In profile, the rim is flat, but upon closer inspection it is chamfered in a soft curve around the tobacco chamber. The balance of the near and far flanks is profound with the line from the far side of the rim running under the heel and up into the underside of the shank in a continuous and natural arc. The near side of the bowl offers a slightly more acute curve that counterbalances the far side and continues into the heel with the help of a concise transition.

The shank is fairly robust, flaring as it reaches out from the wide transition forming a firm ridge around a domed face and introducing some structure to the composition. The stem extends immediately to an elegant expansion ring, mirroring the outline of the shank end in a fantastic display of shaping prowess, and from there the mouthpiece flattens into a gently downturned saddle. The grain is illuminated by a warm contrast stain and surrounds the robust bowl, leaving stimulating birdseye at the top and underside. It's an incredibly pleasing design, executed with obvious expertise, and presenting a visual experience that can be matched only by the excellent smoking properties that Former pipes have become so admired for.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.51 in./139.95 mm.
  • Weight: 2.70 oz./76.54 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.03 in./51.56 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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