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1950's Brakner Hand Cut Straight Grain - Sixten Influenced

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Very Rare Early Brakner Hand Cut Straight Grain - Sixten Inspired


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Brakner is a Danish brand created in the 1950s by Peter Micklson (who later changed his last name to Brakner).  He started at the Teofil Suhr workshop in Copenhagen, back when the godfather himself, Sixten Ivarsson, was the foreman there.  Shortly after Teofil Suhr hired Poul Rasmussen, Brakner went off on his own; much of Peter's early solo success was due to the fact that the 1955 World Pipe Smoking Championship was won by someone smoking a Brakner pipe.  Being a very close friend of Ole Larsen (owner of W.O. Larsen), much of Brakner's production was sold through Larsen both at the Larsen shop and also abroad.  Best known for a delicate, near-sandblast rustication he called "Antique" (which has been lost to time), smooth pipes were relatively rare.  He was one of the first truly successful Danish import brands to flourish in the USA, and had he not passed away in the early 1970s, he would be held in the same high regard as some of Sixten's other contemporaries such as Hans Brandt and Jorn Micke.  In many ways, Peter's story is similar to Sixten's pupil Poul Hansen who developed a wide, eager audience, but faded from memory until recently. This is compounded by the fact that while Hansen made a tremendous number of smooth freehands, Brakner did not; it's relatively rare to see a Brakner that isn't an Antique, and even rarer to find one of this caliber.  

This particular Brakner is a Straight Grain freehand.  It is a very old piece, probably from the earlier days of the brand (this due to the fact that the original stem lacks the green dot logo).  I personally have never seen a Brakner Straight Grain (the only smooth lines I've seen are crosscut), and I have never seen something so... elegant... so very early Sixten-inspired Danish in design.  Peter DID make freehand shapes, but the vast majority of his shapes were classic billiards and bents; most of his freehand shapes were larger, more masculine and definitely not something I would describe as "delicate".  This pipe is a joy to behold, it is a joy to handle, and I'm sure it will be a joy to smoke.

Markings read: BRAKNER DELUXE, STRAIGHT GRAIN, HAND-CUT, AX3 (or 5, I cannot tell for certain).  The top of the stem is also stamped clearly with HAND CUT, still in white.


Length: 6.22"
Bowl width: 1.14"
Bowl Height: 2.17"
Chamber dimensions: .69" across, 1.75" deep
Weight: 25 grams


8.75 out of 10. The pipe was lightly smoked and well cared for over the years.  The handcut stem is free from toothmarks. There is one main issue with this pipe and a few smaller issues.  First and foremost, there is a half-inch strip of very light, thin surface cracking in the grain on the front of the bowl (it was too fine to be photographed); this is something I have seen numerous times on older pipes that were not smoked much, particularly on straight grains.  THIS IS NOT A CRACK GOING INTO THE CHAMBER; rather, this crack developed due to the briar drying out over the years and shrinking along what likely was a natural small flaw inside the wood.  The chamber is in PERFECT condition with zero issues; in fact, the walls are incredibly thick due to the conical chamber and the small diameter of the chamber itself.  Because of this issue, I am willing to guarantee this pipe against burnout for a period of six months; should the pipe burn out due to the crack, just send the pipe back and the original purchase price will be credited to your account to be applied toward a future purchase.  Other issues are minor:  The nomenclature is all there, but was impressed lightly and has been slightly buffed so it has lost its factory crisp edges.  That said, it is all there and 95% fully readable without the aid of magnification.  The inner rim edge shows some slight rounding and slight darkening around the chamber opening, and there is a spot of very slight darkening along the outer edge of the rim between the 11 o'clock and 12 o'clock position.  The bowl has a small smattering of very light handling marks (3 or 4), but nothing serious and nothing deep.  Otherwise this fine old pipe is ready to pack and light, and with my six month guarantee, you're assured you are covered in the event of any problems.  I'm sure there won't be any.



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