▲ Dating: a four or five-digit number, where the last two digits show the year of construction and the 2 or 3 first digits identify the serial number of the pipe. (i.e. 8013 = 80th pipe carved in 2013).
Artisan: Konstantinos Anastasopoulos (born in 1980) started pipe carving in 2011 with the help of Kostas Gourvelos.
Production: ~ 100-150 pipes/year
▲ V V V V Old Briar Straight Grain
(US market pipe)
▲ A, Kai Nielsen, Hand Made in Denmark, Old Briar
( EU market pipe)
Grading: "Jewel of Denmark" is the highest grade reserved for the finest pipes.
US market grading (ascending): 1 to 4 "V"
EU market grading (ascending): "D" to "A"
Some pipes crafted by Kai are stamped "Viggo Nielsen" and additionally signed "Kai Nielsen".
Artisan: Hans Kallenberg (retired)
Brand created by the grandfather Heinrich in 1919. Today (2011) Frank Peter Filß (Hans' pupil) continues the Kallenberg production.
Former grading (ascending): from 4 to 1, and "Ekstravagant" (entirely hand made)
Artisan: Karl Kristian Olsen
He repairs any pipes and has his own handmade production.
Outrup Pibeservice, Lykkesvej 11
DK-6855 Outrup - Denmark
Phone +45 75 25 14 00
Artisan: Karsten Tarp (born 1954) started his carreer at the Bari pipe factory. He left the company after several years and established on his own as a part-time carver. He went full-time carver in 2010.
Gradings (ascending) named after Viking ships types:
Some pipes are stamped "Top grading", "Elephant Trunk", or "Crown".
Artisan: Ken'ichiro Dederichs-Uchida is born in Japan and lives in Germany. He started making pipes in 2005.
Markings: Only a signature and a cat logo. No grading.
Other pipe maker stamping a cat on his pipes: Brishuta
KENT, Handmade, Denmark [Butterfly]
* * * (3 stars)
Artisan: Kent Rasmussen (born in 1961) started making pipes in 1998.
Grading (ascending): no stars, 1, 2 or 3 stars.
The butterfly is the hightest grade.
Kevin Arthur (in circle)