I’m thrilled to announce that the 2013 Passion for Pipes Pipe of the Year is based on Comoy’s classic, compact bent Rhodesian: the 284. As Jack Howell said when he finished the prototype, “I took one look at it and said, it’s just like the 283, only better. I really just wanted to keep this pipe and smoke it myself.”
That was my take when I plucked the pipe from its bubble-wrapped enclosure: “I want to smoke this pipe right now.”
If you have ever tried to purchase a classic, chubby-shanked Rhodesian on eBay or at a pipe show, you know just how difficult it can be. As classic shapes go, they are among the hardest to find. And when you do find one, the condition, grain, or engineering almost always leave something to be desired. While it’s possible to reburbish, there are some problems that can’t be fixed without making the pipe no longer original: over-reamed chambers, scorched and banged up rims, buffed off buttons. We’ve all been there.