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No.440 October 25, 2018

Savinelli – the perfectionist pipe maker in Italy
– always consistent

Consistency seems to be a popular buzzword in many industries these days.
And I suppose this is not surprising. Since more and more industries use artificial components being put together in a prescribed way by mechanical robots, absolute consistency can be expected. There is no tolerance for any inconsistency anywhere in the components, or in the processes of manufacture.

But how much “consistency” can be expected if the basic materials are natural products of nature, and the bulk of the work done to determine the finished product is completed by human hands.
Last year in article 403 (May 4-17) we took this question and applied it to the pipes from Savinelli – the perfectionist pipe maker in Italy.

They continue to be consistent in the pipes they produce each year - pipes that not only smoke well but look and feel good as well.
And being innovative, they create new finishes and styles to delight the pipesmoker.

This year is no exception.
When we visited their offices in May we were spoilt for choice by what they offered us.
Being prudent, which is not always easy, we made our selection from the ranges they had offered at special “show” prices from February.
We’re passing on to you this saving, and more.“Il Fuoco” - painting by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Below are two of our choices:

The painting “Il Fuoco” by Giuseppe Arcimboldo inspired a new range
The Italian painter is best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects related to the subject of the particular painting, in this case fire.

Savinelli Fuoco (Fire)
Savinelli has created three finishes based on “Il Fuoco”, we have selected two, with 6mm option.
They feature on the shank a polished aluminium band, in two steps, with a tapered mouthpiece.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

Fuoco (Fire) Rusticated
Savinelli created for this series a new type of rustication
It is fairly shallow with smooth highlights and with beautiful colour contrasts hinting of glowing embers.
6 shapes – 4 Kingsize, 2 Regular
54-SavFireRusK         Normal Price R2300.00          Special Price R1725.00
54-SavFireRusR          Normal Price R2200.00          Special Price R1650.00

Fuoco (Fire) Deep Brown Smooth finish
The smooth deep brown finish is obtained using only natural pigment.
The grain is only partly concealed, showing through like glimpses of flames in the dark.
6 shapes – 2 Kingsize, 4 Regular
54-SavFireSmK          Normal Price R2500.00          Special Price R1875.00
54-SavFireRusR          Normal Price R2400.00          Special Price R1800.00

Another new concept that caught our eye is the extraordinary

Savinelli Mega -  in truly extraordinaire size shapes
A very large ring-carved brown pipe, with the constant colour enhanced by a silver-type ring.
The marbled brown acrylic 6mm mouthpiece suits this brown ring-carved finish perfectly.
The thick, robust mouthpieces are shorter than usual - complementing the shapes, and increasing the lightness in the mouth.
As one expects from Savinelli the pipes are consistently light for their size, showing the quality of the curing.
Available in two ‘Ex’ shapes.
54-SavMega    Normal Price R2500.00          Special Price R1875.00

The pipes we ordered have arrived.
We’re still excited about them, and we’d like to share this with you.
So, in addition to the special prices we offer for 2 weeks only …

From 1-14 November, 2018
 Extra 15% off the new Savinelli ranges:
Fuoco (Fire) and Mega
Plus free shipping to major centres - subsidised shipping to rural areas.


Experience the pleasure of choosing pipes of different colours and finishes, while being able to rely on the Savinelli commitment to consistent style and quality.

Colin Wesley

No.440 October 25 to November 7, 2018

You can read previous articles from "Across the Counter" in The Library.

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