Rattray's: Fachen (99) (9mm) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-599-4304
The "99" bent Apple from Rattray's is a shape found only in the Scottish marque's Goblin and Fachen series, and as such, it's a compact rendition ideal for hands-free smoking. It maintains a good deal of substance, however, remaining comfortable in hand, and the stout proportions of the shank do well to match the bowl's robust, low-set waistline — meaning there's plenty of insulation around the chamber and room to accommodate a 9mm filter in the tenon and mortise.
Described by John Francis Campbell in Popular Tales of the West Highlands, a four-volume compilation of fairy tales and Scottish folklore, the Fachen is a giant of singular features, displaying a single eye in the middle of its face, a single tuft of hair atop its head, a single hand protruding from its chest, and a single leg supporting it from below. Oddly enough, that description fits in quite well with the characteristics of a pipe: a single shank emerging from the side of a single bowl (like an arm from out of the chest), within which lies a single chamber (a myopic eye), and after issuing a charring light, such loose leaves of tobacco could very well resemble a tuft of hair. Such uncanny similarities have prompted the Scottish marque to devote a whole series to the mythical beast, offering pipes marked by a dark green color palette and a sandblasted finish.-Truett Smith
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 4.38 in./111.25 mm.
- Weight: 1.21 oz./34.23 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.03 in./26.16 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.53 in./38.86 mm.
- Stem Material: Acrylic
- Filter: 9mm
- Shape: Bent Apple
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: Other