Savinelli is my favorite maker of machined briar pipes. The term "factory pipe" is used to describe pipes not made entirely by hand, typically in an assembly-line fashion. However, I'm really hesitant to use that term for a company like Savinelli, that makes such marvelous looking and smoking pipes! From their most expensive offerings, all the way down to their least expensive, Savinelli makes incredible smoking instruments. The Series III pipes are the cheapest pipes Savinelli makes that bears their stamp, and they still live up to the name.
Savinelli Series III pipes are unfinished and un-fancy. They started out as various Savinelli shapes for different lines, and were pulled from the batch for various cosmetic reasons such as a small void, or an opening in the grain. Rather than being destroyed, as is the case with other briar pieces with more functional issues, these were sanded as smooth as possible and fitted with a non-filtered vulcanite stem and are sold in an "unfinished" state. What this means is that these are still very good smoking, well-drilled and stamped Savinelli pipes, without staining or waxing...just with a little cosmetic flaw or two to give them a bit of character. This provides a wonderful smoking instrument at a very reasonable value that has the potential to smoke even cooler than your more expensive pipes, because they have no finish barriers to hold in heat. In addition, these pipes have the side-benefit of coloring to a dark brown over time as they are smoked!
If you haven't tried out a Savinelli pipe yet, a Series III pipe is the perfect introduction to this brand. If you're like me, your first Savinelli definitely won't be your last!
As you know, I'm always looking for pipes to carry that exemplify the fine line where the best possible quality meets the best possible value. When I was recently given the gift of a Morgan Bones pipe (thanks Parson Rick), I knew I'd found a winner! After Chris saw my presentation video on YouTube of my Bent Acorn, we entered discussions...and I'm proud to now offer Morgan Bones Pipes here at The Pipe Nook!
Simply put, Chris Morgan's Bones Pipes are the best value in the briar pipe market today. These are very utilitarian pipes that are guaranteed to provide one thing and one thing only: a good smoke. In the real estate market, a potential diamond in the rough house is said to have "good bones." That mindset can be applied to these pipes. The briar pieces are factory seconds from various lines which didn't make the cut for various reasons such as pits or small voids that become visible during the shaping process. But Chris Morgan redeems these pieces by having them lightly sandblasted, waxed, and fitted with an acrylic stem. This in conjunction with the decision to leave them unstained allows for a very affordable pipe that, while not perfect, may just become one of the best smokers in your collection!
If the Bones pipes do well, and if there's enough interest from my Pipe Nook customers in the Blackjack series, I may add those in the days to come. In the meantime, grab yourself a Bones pipe and experience the joy of watching it color like a seasoned meerschaum as it becomes a faithful companion during your times of quiet contemplation.
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