George Jensen is another Danish favourite of mine. Unfortunately, not much is known about Georg Jensen pipes, but Georg Jensen himself told a news reporter that the Georg Jensen pipe factory was founded in 1954 by PG Jensen. In 1980, PG Jensen and his sister Lis took over from his father. The factory was then closed in 2001 when PG was hired by Mac Baren Tobaccos (what a lost to GJ / Danish pipes).
Ranges that were distributed was (in order of quality) Danish Sand, Achat / Amber, Red Flame / Red Skin, Sunrise / Orange extra / Starline, Contrast / Bicolour / Harmon, Excellent (probably spelled Xcellent on the marking) / Masterpiece. I can’t confirm this information, but seemingly the cheaper ranges were marked GJ in red on the stem while the special edition pipes were marked “Handmade in Denmark” and GJ in white on the stem. The most expensive ones had Georg Jensen in full and in italic (Manfred Arenz). My pipe had Georg Jensen in full, but no italic and, according to the possible range names, (E)Xcellent was not the “top of the range”. Also, two of my Georg Jensens had GJ in white although I doubt it was special edition pipes.
My first GJ (top one) was a new Georg Jensen, bought in circa 1980/1981 from a Tobacconist. Till today, one of my favourite pipes and smokes beautifully even if it was probably the bottom of the range. The only visible markings are “XCELLENT” and “Georg Jensen”. The stem had to be repaired as I’ve bitten it through.
The second GJ (new) was a small Billiard with 72 Ekstra 14 markings which I bought from a Tobacconist circa 1983. Beautiful wood but not my favourite due to its size and it is not bent (do have a love for bent pipes), but smokes very nice.
My next acquisition is an estate Georg Jensen Zenta 571 which I bought from eBay in May 2014. Not much more information on the Zenta or shape 571. I had a few smokes in it and to date, are very happy with the smoking experience from this GJ.
I recently also got these seconds from Georg Jensen; the Amber 95 & 79 which I’ve sold to a local pipe smoker.