With a stout shank and detailed rustication, this straight billiard is an updated take on the classic English pipe.
Marek makes very few rusticated pipes. Why? Probably because his rustication is so subtle and so labor intensive that it closely resembles sandblasting (actually, the finish on this is reminiscent of the sandblasting on many old Dunhill Shells I've seen). His approach to rustication is painstaking, and, in some ways, reminds me of the work of the late, great, Danish maker, Peter Brakner.
The bowl is almost brandy shaped but still retains the characteristics of a classic billiard. The rim is smooth, with nice grain, and has a very subtle dome shape, in the tradition of some of the old Danish makers.
The vulcanite tapered stem is perfectly proportioned, stout, but without being a mouthful. The stem has an integral tenon, precise button work, and like all of Marek's pipes, very well balanced and comfortable to clench. The stem/shank junction is very well fitted, with no light leaks.
The draw is nice and open (passes a cleaner easily) and the engineering makes for a great smoking pipe. This would be a great pipe for English blends or dark Virginias. Comes with pipe sock included.