A grade 5 Ligne Bretagne smooth
Out of stock
|Dimensions||14 × 3.7 × 3.2 cm|
Click the magnifier for fullscreen close-ups.
Well this was a pleasant surprise! We’ve been finishing up the last pipe of April’s bent Canadian series and looking ahead to pick a new shape for this month, and we were debating between these “reverse Princes” (or tomatoes, or whatever one wants to call them) and a larger paneled billiard. I kind of wanted to do a bigger pipe for this month but figured I’d just finish a couple examples and see what we thought of them when they were done. I literally grabbed this stummel at random from a crate and then boggled when I sat down and studied it. It’s perfect! No little spot flaws to deal with, no grain flaws… It’s just a gorgeous piece of briar. In fact, it’s remarkably similar to an Upshall I bought back around 1992, which I paid something like $250 then, so how’s that for holding prices consistent?
These are not big bowls, so it’s not the pipe for the Group 5 guy, but they’re beautifully elegant with a long-stemmed ‘Bing’-like look and small, thin bits for maximum comfort. The thick walls are nice and it’s an ideal pipe for tobacco sampling or just showing off – We’ll probably make no more than 5 or 6 Grade 5 pipes this year, so it’s certainly a rarity.