Peter Heding: Smooth Shark (Gold)

Product Number: 002-362-0196

When the shark is wrangled into a quotable metaphor, it's usually something to do with a need to never stop moving. It's one of the things that makes them seem so potent, and thus, all the more frightening. A bear, at least, will hibernate; a lion or tiger turned man-eater may snatch your neighbor, but afterwords you can at least expect that it will probably take a nap. The shark (or at least the vast majority of species of shark), however, is basically a streamlined fuselage of muscle with an inscrutable expression and a lot of sharp business on one end that never stops.

So if you're a pipemaker who's going to make a shape named the Shark, it stands to reason that said shape should A) possess a sense of smooth power, B) still nonetheless have some sharpness somewhere, and C) appear as if it were capable of constant motion. Heding's covered all three, and deftly: the subtly rounded taper of the bowl and deep, smoothly muscular profile of the transition; the crisp points of the fore and the shank-flare; the definite sense of a shape made to move forward, and a degree of bend that strikes a balance which could be interpreted either as in-motion itself, or as something beginning to bundle with energy for an even faster burst.

- Eric N. Squires

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.67 in./144.02 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.64 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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