AD/ANN: New Radice, Northern Briar, Lindner and Estates This Week at The Piperack
- From: The Piperack <thepiperack@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 16 May 2012 11:07:35 -0700 (PDT)
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This week at The Piperack, the update is coming a few days early.
Normally Tuesdays are our sale day, but with cashflow crimped and new
pieces from Chicago, it is imperative I get some offerings out to you
fine folks! Also, we're continuing taking pictures with a dark
background to try to better capture the color and detail of the pipes,
so you'll need to let me know what you think of them. I think it's
turning out well and will probably continue to shoot photos this way.
Now, on to the pipes!
In unsmoked pipes, there are six new Radices, including some new
shapes that haven't been seen before! Radice pipes have been around
since 1980, providing smokers the world over with top-quality Italian
craftsmanship and design. A true "family affair", today all Radice
pipes are made by only three craftsmen: Luigi "Gigi" Radice and his
two sons, Marzio and Gian Luca. By eliminating the middleman, the
Radices continue to offer world-class, hand-carved Italian pipes at
what can only be considered a steal. Rinds start at $175 and even the
top-grade smooth, the Clear, can be had starting at $275. There's no
wonder I recommend Radices above all other brands; when you consider
the price against the quality and value you receive, no other maker
comes close. Check out the two Clears - one a new 'pickaxe' shape with
stellar straightgrain and the other a lovely Hawkbill - as well as the
ringblasts on the Silk Cuts. My favorite would be the Silk Cut Twig -
it sits perfectly balanced on its foot and has lovely lines.
Also in unsmoked pipes, there are five Northern Briars. Northern Briar
Pipe Repair Service was founded in 1958 by George Walker, who had been
in charge of production at Duncan Briars for over 35 years. Ian Walker
- George's grandson - started in the business in 1972, and in the
1980s Ian started carving pipes. Today, Northern Briars are known
around the world for their value for the money. Completely handcrafted
by Ian utilising Italian briar and German rod stock, it's truly
amazing that these pipes can be offered at the price they are. I can
personally attest to their fantastic smoking qualities; one of my
Northerns is in regular rotation and is smoked almost every day.
Recently I saw Ian at the Chicago show and was able to select some
pieces for the site. There's a nice variety of shapes and sizes coming
up, including extra long canadians, panels, billiards, bulldogs, even
a bamboo piece. Take a look! Of particular note, there is an "Extra-
Long" smooth Canadian and a gorgeous bent hex panel.
Finally, there are six Michael Lindner Handmade Pipes. Michael Lindner
creates around 100 beautiful pipes per year, running the gamut from
perfectly-executed billiards to artistic, flowing Blowfish. Starting
with briar from the same source that Teddy Knudsen utilizes, Michael
air-cures his wood a minimum of three years before working it. This
ensures an effortless break-in, and in our personal experience Lindner
Pipes tend to be very forgiving in their smoking characteristics.
German ebonite and brindle rod stock is used to create the handcut
stems, and all the pipes are completely handmade. The engineering is
spot-on, and Michael says he will not make a pipe that won’t pass a
pipecleaner easily. The bowl coatings are completely neutral in
flavour and still allow the wood to absorb the moisture of the smoke.
Whether you collect the classics, or you prefer the avant-garde, every
Lindner will smoke effortlessly, day in, day out. This week, you'll
definitely want to check out the ringblasted Spider1 bent billiard,
the GIGANTIC Magnum E3 Frog Foursquare, and the Design-grade smooth
blowfish with olivewood shank cap.
This week in estates, the "Piperack Pick" goes to the 1970s Savinelli
Giubileo D'Oro bent Dublin. The Savinelli name goes back to 1876, when
Achille Savinelli Sr. opened a shop in downtown Milan (which I have
been to; it's a fantastic shop) catering exclusively to the smoker; it
was one of the first shops of its kind in the world. While the shop
sold pipes designed by Achille and manufactured by artisans from the
Varese region, many people don't know that the Savinelli factory did
not open its doors and begin producing their own pipes until 1947.
Started by cousins Achille Savinelli Jr. (grandson of the founder) and
Enea Buzzi, they eventually split, with Achille keeping the Savinelli
factory and Buzzi forming Brebbia Pipes in 1953. Today, Savinelli
produces over 150,000 pipes annually, from the lowliest no-name shop
pipes to the ultra-high-grade Autograph 000. With the stockpile of
wood that Savinelli has, just about everything coming out of their
factory is going to smoke great! We recently got in a collection of
pipes all purchased in the mid to late 1970s and this was among them.
The previous owner took very good condition of his pipes and it shows.
This particular piece is a gorgeous top-of-the-line Giubileo D'Oro
bent Dublin, shape 611KS. Although most collectors are 'wowed' by the
Autograph, it is actually the Giubileo D'Oro that is the top-graded
Savinelli. It is the only line from Savinelli that is guaranteed to be
free from fills of any kind. Yes, you might see a small sandspot, but
no fills, ever. This commitment to quality means that very few
Giubileos are produced, and today a smooth Giubileo D'Oro has a retail
around $600, give or take. That makes these pipes a steal on the
estate market, and this one is no exception. It's in absolutely
excellent condition, an older piece from the 1970s, and is less than a
THIRD of the current SRP. You can't go wrong. All cleaned up and ready
to pack. Rated 9.5 out of 10, it may be just what you're looking for!
If that one doesn't suit your fancy, there's a fantastic selection of
Savinellis, including Punto Oros, a gorgeous Straight Grain C, and
many others. From England, there's a Charatan-Made Ben Wade "Hand
Model" (think of it as a Charatan Selected second), a pair of Comoys
(a bargain Blue Riband as well as a superbly grained Selected Straight
Grain), a trio of Petersons (check out the smooth 1978 silver-
hallmarked "Deluxe" - clean wood, no fills and killer grain) and many
Don't miss the ringblast on the Il Ceppo bent egg, or the lower price
on the E. Andrew Handmade Bent Apple! Next update comes in a couple
weeks with more great pipes from around the world - you won't want to
Thanks for looking,
The Piperack Staff
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