Ryan Alden: Sandblasted Bent Dublin (King of Clubs)

Product Number: 002-777-0038

Ryan Alden doesn't always stray from the classic English pipe chart, but when he does, it's most often in the form of a flourishing, organically-inclined bent Dublin. That just so happens to be exactly what we have here. First impressions first: I was immediately struck by how lightweight this piece is. Though boasting a handful of briar at the bowl, thick insulating walls, and a decently stout shank, the whole pipe weighs less than 45 grams, no doubt thanks to the use of a slender saddle stem and Alden's dedication to high-quality, well-cured briar. Such a light weight, combined with the mouthpiece's lithe downward curl, surely makes for a pipe that's as comfortable when clenched as it is held. Shape-wise, the smooth, underlying curve and languid S-curve are contrasted by the sudden transition — the bowl flaring dramatically into a generous crown of craggy plateau, with the innermost section of the rim left handsomely smooth. Of particular note is the sandblasted finish; I've always admired Ryan's blasts, but this one is on another level as ripples of grain intersect with vertical streaks for a sublime texture in hand.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.62 in./142.75 mm.
  • Weight: 1.54 oz./43.54 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.16 in./29.46 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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