Todd Johnson: Sandblasted Magnum Blowfish (Hoplite) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-194-0178

Long before it was the norm, and before the internet made research and global communication easy, Todd Johnson journeyed to Denmark to study under the world's premier pipe makers, including Tom Eltang and Anne Julie. His Master's degree in aesthetics from Yale certainly aided his stylistic predilections, but it was in the workshops of those aforementioned Danes that Johnson learned about technique, engineering, and what makes a pipe great. Though Johnson champions the Danish style of pipe making, he developed a unique visual style all his own, one that often embraces the organic and highly sculptural, as evidenced by this Blowfish.

A robust interpretation of the artisan shape, this Hoplite-graded piece boasts over seven inches of length and over two inches of height. As those dimensions suggest, the bowl here is quite muscular, its thick frame offering a reassuring in-hand presence. Like most iterations of the form, this piece features a lopsided build thanks two wrapping ridgelines that asymmetrically bifurcate the bowl. These ridgelines emphasize the bowl's flanks and lend a structural definition to the otherwise curvaceous form. The paneled shank that brings up the rear of the composition lends further rigidity to the shape's silhouette and joins a demurely curved mouthpiece of indigo-hued vulcanite. The stem's vibrant hues offset the stummel's more reserved finish, which comprises a crisp, terracotta-hued sandblast that highlights stellar birdseye on either flank of the bowl.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 7.25 in./184.15 mm.
  • Weight: 4.50 oz./127.57 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.26 in./57.40 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.88 in./22.35 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.07 in./52.58 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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