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