Anyone own a pipe by Kim Jong Wook?

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craiginthecorn

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May 8, 2017
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I just bought this pipe from tobaccopipesjapan.com. It is by Kim Jong Wook, who is South Korean. I was unfamiliar with his work, but stumbled on it while looking for something else. I was quite taken by the crossgrain and birdseye, plus found it to be a graceful and modern riff on an egg. I see that he has had a table at the Chicago Pipe Show, which is a big commitment for someone from South Korea, so I am betting his work is solid.
Have any of you owned and smoked a Kim pipe? I am curious about feedback, especially since I have a one week window to cancel my order due to Japanese holidays.



 

mikefu

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Mar 28, 2018
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Nice one, Hoosier! I’ve never heard of them, but now want one, not only because it’s a beauty, but also so I can call it my “Wookie.”

 

condorlover1

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Dec 22, 2013
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I wasn't aware that the leader of North Korea had a side gig making pipes. I know they need hard currency but a Dear Leader pipe? I am not sure how that would play in China!

 

brian64

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The North Korean version:
http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/a-crappy-smoke

 

mso489

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Outstanding materials, fabulous grain, and exquisite design/shaping. What an eye for proportion and balance. If that ain't art.

 

ernieq

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Hmmmm...I once knew a werewolf who was looking for a pipe by Kim Jong Wook. (Some of the more enlightened among us will get the reference).

 

craiginthecorn

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You get some really incredible pipes, Banjo! Congratulations on another one.
My Kim arrived last week. It seems well-made and is as beautiful as hoped. The interior of the bowl is as smooth as my 80s unsmoked James Upshall pipes. Whether that matters in the smoke, I doubt, but it speaks to the attention to detail. The mouthpiece is excellent and has a wide open draw. It's been nicely opened through the narrow portion of the bit. The draft hole is a little lower in the bowl than I would have preferred, so I'm reserving judgement until I have an opportunity to break her in. The walls are quite thick. For my money, a slightly larger chamber would have been a better choice to achieve lighter weight and more capacity. I'd estimate the size as .72”. It came in a very Asian bright white leather sock and a lovely box with custom foam packaging inside.
I'm looking forward to hearing your assessment, Banjo!

 

alexj52

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Sep 26, 2018
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I'm South Korean, and he's considered the best pipe maker in my country (although there are less than 10 commercial makers lol). I heard in a Korean pipe community that he uses Mimmo briar. He has a personal blog I can direct you to, maybe buying directly from him may be cheaper.