Kai Nielsen: Smooth Bent Apple (Jewel of Denmark) (D) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-137-0135

Kai Nielsen's start in the pipe world was quite early, seeing him working in the Bari pipe factory as a teenager. The factory was founded by his father, Viggo Nielsen, who was a respected artisan in his own right, and Kai began working there full time at 21, further honing his skills and becoming an artisan himself. This bent Apple is a lovely example of Nielsen's work, with a unique outline that's quite nicely balanced, its shaping and grain earning it a Jewel of Denmark grade at "D" level. The shank and stem here are wonderfully sinuous, with a wide, softly cheeked transition seeing the shank flick upward to meet a band of pale acrylic at the junction. The stem here is a length of demurely curved black acrylic that poises this piece well for easy jaw-hanging, its relatively light weight making this feat all the easier. The bowl here is quite Ball-like in its silhouette, with an extreme roundness about the shaping that sees the rich curve of the heel push down past the shank and transition, emphasizing the roundness of the bowl's walls. These walls come to a mid-set waist before tapering to the softly chamfered rim, the thick walls surrounding a rather subdued chamber while offering a lovely canvas for the grain-defining auburn stain dressing the briar.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.31 in./134.87 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.12 in./28.45 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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