I’ve only recently learned about the Bari brand when I bought this Bari Wiking Handcut 7032; another Danish made pipe. The company was founded around 1950 by Vigo Nielsen and continued through his sons until 1975 after which it was sold to Van Eicken Tobaccos. One of the pipe production heads, Helmer Thomsen bought the company in 1993 and re-naming it to Bari Piber Helmer Thomsen. He was a meticulous pipe maker who only believed in the best material for his pipes.
Bari successfully adapted the “new Danish design” (referring to Stanwell’s desicion to return to the Ivarsson-style op pipe design which Sixton Ivarsson introduced) of Stanwell for its own pipes. Since its founding, Bari’s were pre-worked on machines and then finished by hand, giving a solid reliable pipe. The Wiking was its “blasted” range.
Bari offers a range of pipes of which the lighter coloured pipes usually represents the higher quality materials. The pipes are glossed with carnuba wax, uses acrylic stems and some have a filter bore.
This pipe I got from eBay in May 2014 as an estate pipe. All in all, most Bari owners are happy with their pipes. Good value for money too. I’m very satisfied with mine and enjoy the smoke.
A very good site for the history of Danish Pipes can be found here.