231. The New Irish Harp Sandblasted

The Irish Harp line first appeared nineteen years ago in 2002, looking just like the smooth Irish Harp looks now, with a glossy, ruby-tinged walnut stain, sterling band with the Irish Harp, cumberland-pattern acrylic fishtail with imbedded aluminum P:

Smoker’s Guild #4 (2002)

The popularity of the line is evident in its continuous presence in the catalog since then. Not long ago, the new in-house sandblasted version of the line made its debut at Smokingpipes.Eu, and this morning (June 11, 2021), it debuted here in the US.

I am one of those pipeman who is equally fascinated and obsessed with smooth, sandblast and rustic finishes. I love them all for their unique visual, aesthetic and tactile properties, but the older I get the more I seem to enjoy the look and feel of blasted and rustic finishes.

I thought I might wait until next week to post about the Irish Harp Sandblast, but the problem is that this first batch is something special and I didn’t want anyone to miss out on it. What I mean is that, just like the Deluxe Classics issue recently and the Rosslare Classic Rusticated back in 2019, if you find yourself attracted to the line you might want to think about getting one now or at least putting one in layaway. The Rosslare Classic Rusticated first batch, for instance, has always seemed much craggier than subsequent issues.

I really like the blast and stain combination on these–it works well with the cumberland swirl stem. In making my way through the first batch on offer this morning, these caught my eye. There’s some lovely blasts on offer at SPC and doubtless coming to or at your favorite etailer or brick & mortar. Enjoy!

XL02 Fat Bottom

XL02 Ball

05

68

80S
[which should be stamped 80B since it’s a taper and not a saddle; just sayin’!]

106  (am I glad they didn’t list a 107 this morning…)

150

701

999

B10

XL90

69

230 (Love the old-fashioned bend on this)

406

606

264

 

 

 

 

The “One-Pager,” which I think of as a virtual or electronic strutcard

 

Many thanks to Andy Wike
Illustrations of 2021 Irish Harp Sandblasts
courtesy Laudisi Enterprises

 

 

 

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