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Grade: Jack    ~    Other classification: The Best 100 ~ 4 ~ 04
Pipe Code: JC016 Price: CHF 350.00  
Shape: Freeform Oom Paul Weight: 63g / 2-7/32 oz
Chamber : 21mm  --  Chamber Depth: 47mm  --  Wall Thickness:  ->18mm  --  Cleaner Passes? YES
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COMMENT:

It's quite impressive how effortlessly a cleaner runs through the entire pipe without removing the mouthpiece (like a hot knife through butter)! The one thing that I find most unusual is the shape of the tobacco chamber. When I failed to describe it accurately in words, I took a CLOSE-UP PICTURE , with an illustration of how I see the tobacco chamber. (I'm terrible at freehand drawing, but I trust you'll get the idea.) I tried to measure the thickness of the wall opposite the shank, at its thinnest point in the lower part; it's about 6-7mm, which is still excellent, and the smoke will reach that part shortly before it has been fully consumed. The opposite wall of the bowl, at that point, measures a staggering 17mm in thickness. Though this bowl shape is quite unusual, I have a good feeling about it; I believe it will be conducive to easier and more regular combustion. Time will tell.
The angle created between the bowl and shank is not as tight as in the case of a classic Oom Paul (Hungarian). You decide whether this is good news or bad; what I can tell you is that the smoke will be a whole lot less likely to get in your eyes! Tonino extended the shank by inserting another piece of briar, marked by the slim black acrylic band. I very much like the slimness of the shank, and the gorgeous "neck" created by the bowl and shank meeting. It's a perfect fit if you like to hold your pipe in your hand, with your thumb around the bowl. The bowl is 58mm (2.28 inches) tall, with the tobacco chamber being comparable in size to a Dunhill that goes way beyond Group 6.
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Grade: Bishop    ~    Other classification: None
Pipe Code: JC029 Price: CHF 270.00  
Shape: Freeform Stack Weight: 60g / 2-1/8 oz
Chamber : 21mm  --  Chamber Depth: 44mm  --  Wall Thickness:  11mm  --  Cleaner Passes? Yes
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COMMENT:

I realize that this pipe offers more food for thought than a straightforward Freeform Stack (or Chimney). Contrary to the Billiard-like bowl shape of the classic Stack/Chimney, this one is shaped more like an egg or elongated apple. The certainty about its being a Stack is based on one key characteristic: The shank is 33mm in length, while the bowl is 56mm in height. The tobacco chamber is HUGE, and yet the pipe is quite light in weight and so well balanced. I really appreciate the choice of the tapered mouthpiece, as opposed to saddle, since this gives an evident classic touch. Here's another interesting fact: The entire bowl shows only ONE TINY sandpit, which you can see (if you look very closely) on the bowl top. If you like long smokes in a straight pipe that doesn't break your jaw, this is definitely a winner.
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Grade: Rook    ~    Other classification: None
Pipe Code: JC034 Price: CHF 300.00  
Shape: Freeform Apple Weight: 70g / 2-15/32 oz
Chamber : 20.5mm  --  Chamber Depth: 39mm  --  Wall Thickness:  17mm  --  Cleaner Passes? Yes
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In the case of this pipe, I would be happy to simply define the shape as a typical "Jacono Apple". Indeed, if I had to pick one Apple shape that is considered Jacono's signature Apple, this would be the one. The following features constitute such a Jacono Apple: (1) A marked difference between the diameter of the bowl rim and that of the bowl base, (2) A tapered, thick shank, generally short, and (3)A slightly oval bowl shape. As you may notice, all these three features are evident in this pipe. The pipe, in addition, has so much wood all over it. The bowl walls are unbelievably thick and robust, and so is the shank. The thin, wide, and well made saddle mouthpiece will guarantee as much comfort as possible. The grain is excellent for this grade, with some exceptional Bird's Eye on the bottom of the bowl and shank. As in most Jacono pipes, it is so hard to find sandpits, and indeed in the case of this pipe, I managed to find one of the tiniest sandpits you can find in briar, and believe me, you really need to look very closely to spot it.
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