Ben Wade Danish Pride, Partially Sandblasted Freehand Briar Pipe, Danish Estates [SOLD OUT]
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While Ben Wade was a historic British pipe brand, for a time during the 1970s, production of Ben Wade pipes was contracted out to one of Danish pipe-making’s superstars: Preben Holm. Though he would tragically pass away at the age of 42, Holm was one of the pioneering figures in the ‘Danish design’ movement in 20th century pipe-making, a movement that still dominates the high-grade pipe scene. By hand-shaping his pipes on a belt sander, Holm was able to make the most of the patterns of grain hidden within briar, creating spectacular works of pipe art that looked just as well as they smoked. Owing to Holm’s untimely passing, his pipes are even more highly sought after than they were during his lifetime.
This particular Ben Wade, part of Holm’s Danish Pride line, is exceptionally large, in a way only typically found in freehand pipes. It is also fascinatingly designed, combining a deep, ring grain sandblast with patches of straight grain. Again, this is something that is only possible with a freehand approach; the pipe has been expertly carved with a belt sander to create a stunning, flowing shape that would be more expected from clay than briar wood. Finally, the pipe has been topped off with a plateau rim and a beaded stem – yet more hallmarks of a classic freehand.
Bowl Width: 23.5mm
Bowl Depth: 2.3″
Weight: 3.4oz / 99g
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