Tonni Nielsen: Smooth Rhino Horn Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-192-0341

Starting his pipe-making career at the age of 16, Tonni Nielsen has had one of the best introductions to the art form that a person could ask for, especially when paired with his learning at the hands of Hans "Former" Nielsen and Teddy Knudsen, all while working at the W. Ø. Larsen workshop. After nearly ten years with Larsen, Tonni struck out on his own, making pipes that bore his name and selling them around the world before, in 1983, he moved to the United States with his wife, continuing to carve artisan pipes of his own make.

The Rhino Horn is one of Nielsen's signature shapes, and it can take on a variety of forms, though they're all unified by their fluid outlines and the unique treatment of their bowls. This particular piece boasts a bent Dublin-esque look, though the expansion of its stummel from shank to rim is rather consistent, with the bowl itself standing atop a sweeping heel and expanding as it reaches toward a singular ridgeline just below the domed expanse of its rim. Said ridge flows around the aft half of the rim, curling around to the flanks and descending through the walls to taper and meet itself at the underside of the transition, standing out from the smooth contours of the briar in profile, though only slightly. Aside from the ridge, the bowl is quite soft and supple in hand, with ample rounding about its walls, and the ridge provides the additional effect of introducing an implied sense of momentum to the bowl thanks to its curling flow. The transition is wide, and it gives way to a lifted shank that tapers to meet a sleek saddle stem of black vulcanite, its arc lending the pipe a comfortable smoking posture. Dressed in a deep, dark stain and smooth finish, the stummel displays plenty of handsome grain to appreciate, with birdseye peppering the rim.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.70 in./144.78 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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