Underrated pipemakers - Part 1

To me, an underrated pipemaker means one who does not get the right credit, and therefore I will use this blog to do a little advertising for those pipe makers who I think are underestimated – and hopefully we can turn it around by supporting them.

 

 

 

Being in the pipe business practically all my life I have seen pipe makers come and go.

 

I've seen pipe makers being treated like rock stars selling everything they make, and I've seen pipe makers going under the radar – they don't sell well, they have too many pipes on stock and are not represented very well.

 

Either they went under the radar because they simply were not talented and skilled enough or they somehow just don't hit the right buttons in terms of pricing, sales, marketing, distributor, agent, retailers, etc.

Kai Nielsen

Underrated pipemakers - Part 1 - The Danish Pipe Shop

Kai is one of the pipe makers from the Danish city Faaborg on the island of Fyn in the middle of Denmark, and he turned 70 this January.

 

He has pipes in his blood since his father was the founder of the famous pipe producer, Bari, in the city of Kolding.

Kai started as a young boy making pocket money at the Bari factory. At that time more than 100 people were employed in Kolding working at pipe factories like Bari, Kriswill and others.

 

After Bari closed Kai started Faaborg Pipes with his brother Jørgen Nielsen and his father Viggo Nielsen (Viggo died in 2009).

 

Today Kai makes around 2-300 pipes per year in his own name.

His pipes are graded A, B, C, D if filtered and V to VVVV for the non-filtered.

The very best of his pipes are called Jewel and graded D, C, B, A and X where X is the best. JEWEL marked pipes can be filtered as well.

 

A little unusual for a Danish pipe maker the majority of his stems are made in acrylic, a few in Cumberland, some with Brazilian longhorn stems and very rarely in ebonite.

Despite his rough hands and robust stature, he surprises us every time when he presents fresh pipes with some small elegant light weight pipes. Kai has a unique style. He can be playful, but his signature shapes are his versions of the Dublin, bulldog and Rhodesian.

Pricewise he is very diverse, so you can get Kai pipes from around 200 EUR to 700 EUR.

Summary on Kai Nielsen pipes

All pipes are handmade in Denmark by Kai Nielsen.
All black stems are handmade in black acrylic. Acrylic does not oxidise like ebonite/vulcanite stems.
All pipes have been 'pipe cleaner tested' by Kai.
Kai is one of the few Danish makers that makes high grade pipes with 9 mm filter option.

 

 

Underrated pipemakers - Part 1 - The Danish Pipe Shop

 

 

So, with these words I hope I have made you interested in Kai Nielsen's pipes.

He is a nice, hard-working guy who deserves more attention from us as a shop and you as a pipe collector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This blog is written in October 2021.

Items mentioned in this article

Kai Nielsen, Jewel B, Bent Virgin Dublin, 9 mm.
3950,-DKK 2999,-
Tax free price DKK 2399,20
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Signature Dublin
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Kais Bulldog
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel D, Virgin Billard Sitter
DKK 3250,-
Tax free price DKK 2600,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel B, Bent Brandy w. horn, 9 mm.
DKK 3995,-
Tax free price DKK 3196,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel D, Billard Sitter, 9 mm.
DKK 3250,-
Tax free price DKK 2600,-
Kai Nielsen, Group A, Round Dublin, 9 mm.
DKK 2350,-
Tax free price DKK 1880,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel A, Bent Dublin, 9 mm.
DKK 4650,-
Tax free price DKK 3720,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel B, Rhodesian
DKK 3995,-
Tax free price DKK 3196,-
Kai Nielsen, Gr. VVV, Blasted Squat Tomato
DKK 1950,-
Tax free price DKK 1560,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Paneled Hybrid Blowfish
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Group C, Liverpool, 9 mm.
DKK 1595,-
Tax free price DKK 1276,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Bent Apple, 9 mm.
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Bent Bulldog
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, The Heart Pipe, 9 mm.
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Bent Ball, 9 mm.
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Apple-Brandy, 9 mm.
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Bent Danish Dublin, 9 mm.
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel B, Bent Billard, 9 mm.
DKK 4250,-
Tax free price DKK 3400,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel B, Bent Brandy, 9 mm.
DKK 4250,-
Tax free price DKK 3400,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel B, Apple w. horn stem
DKK 4500,-
Tax free price DKK 3600,-
Kai Nielsen, Group VVV, Apple-Billard
DKK 1995,-
Tax free price DKK 1596,-
Kai Nielsen, Group VV, Sandblasted Liverpool
DKK 1595,-
Tax free price DKK 1276,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel A, Apple w. horn stem
DKK 5000,-
Tax free price DKK 4000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Petit Apple w. horn stem
DKK 3995,-
Tax free price DKK 3196,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Squat Apple w. horn stem
DKK 3995,-
Tax free price DKK 3196,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Bent Brandy
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel B, Rhodesian
DKK 4250,-
Tax free price DKK 3400,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel A, Ilsted Bulldog
DKK 4750,-
Tax free price DKK 3800,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Bent Danish Dublin
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel C, Petit Apple
DKK 3750,-
Tax free price DKK 3000,-
Kai Nielsen, Jewel D, Oval Shank Billard
DKK 3295,-
Tax free price DKK 2636,-
Kai Nielsen, Group VVV, Quarter Bent Brandy
DKK 1995,-
Tax free price DKK 1596,-
Kai Nielsen, Group VV, Squat Tomato
DKK 1595,-
Tax free price DKK 1276,-
Kai Nielsen, Group VVVV, Chimney Bulldog
DKK 2350,-
Tax free price DKK 1880,-

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