GBD London Made High Grade Plateaux Briar Freehand Pipe No.6 (Freestanding / Flat bottomed)
- Overall Length: 169mm
- Overall Height: 65mm
- Bowl Height: 65mm
- Bowl Diameter: 50mm
- Bore: 24mm
- Weight: 75g
- One off pipe
- Filter: Condensing / Stinger
- Cloth Pipe Bag Included
- Gift Boxed
GBD was established in 1850 in St Claude, which was regarded as the pipe capital of the world before a number of famous St Claude manufacturers moved to London grouped under the Oppenheimer name. This started the British revolution of the pipe world as soon London was considered the pipe capital of the world and London Briars were regarded as the finest pipes in the world.
GBD has been waiting in the shadows for a number of years now as the availability of Briar has made it difficult to produce a reliable range of high grade series pipes.
It was with great delight that we came across these new GBD freehand pipes made from sublime Plateaux briar which is hopefully a sign that we will start seeing more GBD in our racks. Or even better are they moving into the freehand market which is where The Black Swan Shoppe’s Passion really lies.
Each freehand pipe is totally unique and you will never see one alike. Only a handful of carvers in the world are good enough to be given the reigns to go freehand. The Briar blocks are cut from the outer layer of the burl (exterior) of the Briar root, known as Plateaux. This is the finest area of the Briar root and produces the most striking grain pattern and highest quality Briar. Many freehands will leave the Burl on the rim of the bowl which adds unrivaled character and is testament to the fact the pipe has been carved from the premium section of the root.
Most freehands are larger pipes with thick walls, this combined with the natural properties of the Briar taken from this are of the root make them very heat resilient pipes.