There is a quite frequent and contradictory practice when capable and professional specialists are promoted to manager’s positions. Nobody knows whether a promoted engineer will be a good manager. But he definitely won’t be as good specialist as before.
Erik Nording was an engineer too. And he managed to prove that:
- An engineer can become a great pipe carver, what is very natural from our point of view.
- A pipe carver can become a good manager, what is not a natural consequence. Hence the Nording pipe company has a great management – at least we can judge from their production volumes.
On the other hand this situation follows to some misunderstanding: there are pipes made by made by Erik Nording pipe company and there are exclusive pipes made by Erik Nording personally. For example our today’s pipe has been marked “Hand made by Erik Nording”.
The pipe is marked in line with the old Nording’s grading system 200 to 600, where 600 series was the highest grade. It’s hardly possible to say exactly about its production date but we guess our approximation 1960 – 1980 would be correct enough.
The pipe markings are “HAND MADE \ BY \ ERIK NØRDING”, “591”. The length is 15.0 cm, bowl’s hight is 3.9 cm. External and internal diameters of the bowl are 4.3 cm and 2.0 cm. The depth is 3.4 cm and this pipe weights 42 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter. There’s a small light and hardly visible scratch on the collar. The chamber has been protected with a break in paste. The pipe comes with the box and sleeve.