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Kai Nielsen: Smooth Rhodesian (Extraordinaire) (X) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-137-0188

A second-generation Danish pipe maker, Kai Nielsen is the son of Viggo Nielsen, who helped found the marque Bari in 1948. Kai Nielsen often spent time around the workshop in his childhood, and began working there at 21 years of age. Over 50 years later, Kai Nielsen is still making pipes. Nielsen makes traditional shapes with a classic Danish style, evidenced by many of his pipe's gestural profiles and supple bowls. Few pipe makers have more experience than Kai Nielsen, and his lifelong skill is evident in each pipe he crafts.

This is the first time we have received one of Kai Nielsen's highest graded pipes — an "X" stamp within the "Jewel of Denmark." However, its easy to tell why this pipe was rewarded with such a special appellation, as the pipe features a gorgeous straight grain pattern. The bowl's walls feature an unbroken array of straight grain — the slender tendrils synchronously rise to the broad waistline. Although the straight grain is the star of the show, swirling freckles of birdseye abound on the rim and lengthy underside, providing an organic contrast to the impeccable order of the straight grain. Dressed in a vivid auburn stain, the subtle contrast between streaks of grain amplifies the eye-catching qualities of this X-graded pipe.

Moreover, the pipe's shape plays a considerable role in its esteemed grade, which pairs a muscular bowl with a gestural profile. The bowl flares from a ridgeline on the underside, rising to two beadlines on the high-set waistline, before the inflated rim curves inwards to the chamber. Furthermore, said ridgeline wraps around the heel and extends rearwards along the shank and stem, framing the profile with a crisp line. However, the upper part of the shank opposes the defined profile with supple, rounded shaping, offering an intriguing contrast. The shank meets a thick acrylic stem that bends significantly downwards, returning to parallel at a substantial bit, which provides a comfortable clench for this sublime pipe.

--Zach Podl
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.30 in./134.62 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.08 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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