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

Product Number: 002-137-0189

As the son of Viggo Nielsen, the founder of the Bari pipe factory, Kai Nielsen could be said to have pipe making in his blood. He spent his teenage years working in his father's factory, before eventually becoming a full-time employee when he turned 21. Over the years, Kai honed his skills and developed a distinctive style all of his own. His years of experience are evident in every pipe he crafts, no more so than in this Extraordinaire-graded Rhodesian.

Shape-wise, this piece sees a tall, beadlined-wrapped bowl set to a sweeping oval shank and a demurely curved half-saddle stem, the latter of which encourages a comfortable smoking posture. Like many of Kai's shapes, this piece elegantly blends firm, muscular proportions with gestural line work, culminating in a composition that's equal parts brawny and fluid. Though this design's shaping is stunning, the briar's grain is perhaps the more engaging part of the composition, with tight strands of flame grain reaching up the bowl's walls before terminating at a field of birdseye along the rim.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.00 in./127.00 mm.
  • Weight: 1.39 oz./39.46 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.32 in./33.53 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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