Werner Mummert: Sandblasted Bulldog Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-560-0404

Werner Mummert's impressive range of design and distinctive shaping style contribute to a portfolio that is filled with both signature shapes and singular imaginings of classics, with this Bulldog representing both. We've seen a fair few renditions of this particular profile from Mummert, and he's become extremely adept at rendering its monolithic form in several variations. This is something of an oxymoron given this pipe's relatively light, gracile build, but I find it a lovely way to describe a shape as imposing and Brutalist-inspired as this. It achieves its stolid, unflinchingly firm outline through the use of incredibly crisp, sharp ridgelines that run through the shank, stem base, and flanks of the bowl. The pair of ridges at the flanks lift up as they reach the bowl, dipping down at the fore and merging, creating a supremely sharp heel and impressively rigid underside.

Despite all of its rigidity, the bowl of this pipe is curved quite nicely, its gentle flare to the rim filling out the contours of the fingers easily while the wide transition allows for the easy draping of a digit. The aforementioned rim is slightly domed, tapering swiftly to the chamber, and bears twin beadlines on its surface in a playful twist on the usual placement of the iconic feature. Dressing this pipe is a sandblast that I can only describe as stunning, revealing dense undulations of ring grain across the bowl that stand out from the briar in impressive relief. This not only provides some wonderful texture in hand, but further cements the firmness of the lines present here, adding an additional element of rigidity that reinforces its monolithic presence. The cumberland saddle stem provides a lovely complement to the ruby-hued stain of the briar, its warm tones keeping the palette of this pipe stunningly expressive.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.81 in./147.57 mm.
  • Weight: 1.36 oz./38.56 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Germany
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