Stanwell 84 Sandblast
Here’s a pipe that I actually forgot was in the rotation. I had mislaid it at some point and found it today hiding away on the shelf above my whisky collection. Dusty and in need of a polish, I gave it a little tender loving care and decided the time was in to fill it up and smoke it again. It must be well dried by now. Reaching for the Dark Kentucky flake, I packed it and fired up. Heaven.
It’s not like me to simply forget my pipes, so I have to wonder as to how that happened. This may not be one of my favourites for some reason, otherwise I would definitely have missed it and gone looking for it but, nonetheless, it delivers a great smoke and I don’t really understand how it got left on the shelf for so long. It is now going to get a more prominent place in the rack and I will spend a bit more time getting to know it again. I believe I bought it about two or three years ago at one of the pipe shows but the details escape me.
A thoroughly Danish Stanwell, from the “Relief” series, it was probably made for the German market as it is a filter pipe. Regulars here will know that I dislike filters and don’t use them. I usually have the stems fitted with a plug and discard filters. For some reason, I haven’t done that with this one. Which gives me another little job to get done. As you can see, this one is sandblasted and not very deeply at that. The blast is actually quite subtle but it is well done. Looking at the starboard side of the bowl I can see why it was chosen to be blasted but the offending pit has been virtually removed and unless one gets up close and personal with a magnifier it is pretty much unnoticeable. The rim is polished and gives a nice contrast to the blast, which is probably what attracted me to this pipe in the first place. The thin silver ring makes a pleasant decoration. I like a bit of bling!
Other than the obvious æsthestics, the pipe is comfortable to hold, perhaps a little heavy in the teeth and generally smokes like a trouper. After the Dark Kentucky, I’m smoking rubbed Virginia in it now and it’s doing very well with that particular tobacco. Maybe this is one due for dedication to Va’s? We’ll see.
Markings: Stanwell over Made in Denmark. Relief. (Model number) 84
Length: 145 mm
Bowl height:50 mm
Bowl dia.: 45 mm
Chamber: Ø21 x 40 mm deep