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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #1846lb

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This is an odd thing to fixate on, but I'm very much in love with the profile of this pipe. It's a subtle piece, not the sort that everyone picks up immediately or that jumps out at you from a display case, but I think it may be the prettiest pipe of this latest update even if the grade 5 bulldog outshines it in grain. I just really like the smooth arc of the stem and shank - It took some work to pull that off without any lumps or kinks in it, particularly with the polished rings on the stem because they want to make natural ripples when compounded, since they're much harder than the briar or the vulcanite. The top-left two photos illustrate this nicely and I feel like I did a decent job of capturing the elegance of the shape in pictures.

This is one of two grade 5 pipes in this update. As mentioned, the other one has the better grain than this, but this one has a soft, natural, rounded beauty all its own. Here the grain and highlights are gentle instead of in-your-face, and the non-typical grain layout presents all sorts of interesting grain to the eye, from bird's-eye clusters to fanning flame grain. The stem ring is cumberland, surrounded by polished metal.