Suhr: Smooth Bent Egg

Product Number: 002-821-0011

Suhr pipes are handmade by Johannes Rasmussen in Denmark. The name Suhr, however, dates back to a Danish pipe repair shop in the 1940s, which later became a pipe manufacturer. The shop boasts both Sixten Ivarsson and Poul Rasmussen as former employees, the latter being Johannes' grandfather. Grandson of Poul and Anne Julie, Johannes now carries on the Suhr name with his artisan pipes, having trained under Tom Eltang during the onset of career — coming full circle, as his grandmother, Anne Julie, was instrumental in the early stages of Tom's career.

Presented here is a bent Egg from Johannes, its style and aesthetic leaning heavily into the Suhr name's Danish roots. In the Danish pipemaking tradition, bent Eggs often take on a supple, flowing, and dynamic disposition, all personified in this piece. From bit to rim, the profile urges forward as the curl of the stem and shank transition into the bowl's forward cant — the slight, floral-esque taper of the rim especially contributing to the form's inherent momentum. Rasmussen has played with proportions here: The bowl is quite tall, with a chamber of Stack-like depth, and dominates the visual weight compared to the slender shank and saddle stem. Pinched at the flanks, the shank flares toward the stem and transition for an elegant sense of line, and for an accenting touch, Johannes has fashioned the top and bottom of the shank into crisp panels, the hard lines forming supple cheeking at the lower bowl. Topped off with an alluring contrast stain, this is a classically reserved piece, full of charm, that highlights the briar's natural grain and the shape's perfectly executed lines.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.80 in./121.92 mm.
  • Weight: 1.38 oz./39.01 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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