Geiger: Smooth Shield with Horn Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-564-0067

Geiger pipes are made as a collaboration between two talented Swedish artisans, Love Geiger and Sara Mossberg, every one of their creations a feat of engineering and creative excellence. A detailed look at their process can be seen in this All Pipes Considered video. This is the first time we have received a Shield from them, and I really like what they have done with the challenging shape. In Nosewarmer length, it displays a svelte but vertical profile, with the a tall bowl oval in profile both from head-on and side profiles, flanks rising from a rounded heel and swelling to accommodate beautiful grain before reaching a canted rim. The shank transition is raised and crisp, lifting into a ferrule of light-colored horn with an inlaid brass ring on the shank face. It's a lively shape overall, replete with grace and implied momentum, pleasing to look at from any angle.

This rendition is wearing a high-contrast stain combined with a smooth, glossy finish to make the stunning cross grain unmissable. The dynamic carving duo has followed the grain perfectly to bring out birdseye that completely covers the aft aspect of the bowl, even reaching around the flanks a bit before streaking in tight striations toward a centered cluster of birdseye on the fore. Even the rim shows perfect grain orientation, with striations sweeping straight down across the cant to support the birdseye below. A well-honed stem of hand-shaped black vulcanite curls downward out back, beautiful in its own right but keeping the visual focus where it belongs, on the wondrous grain up front. This pipe is one I am reluctant to set down, a superlative piece rightfully destined to become the centerpiece of a discerning enthusiast's collection.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.53 in./115.06 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.12 in./53.85 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Sweden
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