Kai Nielsen: Smooth Rhodesian (Jewel of Denmark) (B) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-137-0207

The son of Viggo Nielsen, founder of the Bari pipe factory, Kai Nielsen got his start in carving at an early age, working in the factory as a teenager for pocket money before switching to full-time work there at 21. Now he enjoys an excellent reputation as an artisan in his own right and has acted as a mentor to others, including Kurt Balleby. This Rhodesian from the Danish artisan is a lovely piece and has earned the Jewel of Denmark designation at a B grade. Though remarkably compact at just over five inches long, this Rhodesian is a stout and full-bodied pipe, offering some appreciable substance in hand and throughout its composition. The transition is wide, with plenty of room to drape a digit, and it gives way to a lifting shank that's lined at the bottom with a pair of ridgelines, these ridges continuing into the demurely curved half-saddle stem of black vulcanite. Up front, the bowl flares out subtly to a low-set waist before meeting a pair of crisp beadlines, where the walls then taper swiftly up to a tall, flat rim: offering plenty of space to showcase a dense pattern of wrapping flame grain beneath the stummel's warm, chestnut-hued stain.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.15 in./130.81 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.18 in./55.37 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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