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Previous articles for some interesting reading.Close your eyes - and pick up a Lorenzo pipe.

Latest update December 2, 2020

Lorenzo Smoking pipesThe feel is what makes it special!

The original Lorenzo company was founded in 1900 and exports started in 1922. We were fortunate to visit the factory in Gallarate, Italy and meet with Lorenzo, the Italian master pipe maker with a flair for design.
Lorenzo Tagliabue passed away in the late eighties, but his reputation of being an artist amongst Pipe Manufacturers lives on in the distinctive styles he created.

Riccardo Aliverti, his erstwhile factory manager, took over the factory when Lorenzo Tagliabue passed away and continued the tradition. Further he expanded into Albania, with its relatively inexpensive briar and labour.
And for more than 30 years he has produced wonderful ranges of excellent value pipes – following the traditional Lorenzo style.

But things do end unfortunately, and Riccardo has retired.
With that the source of Lorenzo pipes has come to an end.
The pipes we have in stock are the end of the line.

The good news:
We always bought substantial orders, and we still have some ranges available.
They will be released gradually over time.

Canadian / VIP Summa Cum Laude / VIP Valsesia Sandpebble / VIP Natural / Titano / Oom Paul / Churchwardens

Link to other Lorenzo pipes


“Personally Selected”

Each year on our annual business trip to Europe, we used to visit the Italian factory and warehouse of Lorenzo pipes. We were fortunate to be able to browse through the storeroom for exceptional value pipes: over-runs from big orders, a range too small to make a general offer, a range created from an unusual set of shapes.
We also looked for some top quality individual pieces, near-clean bowls, light for their size
with plenty of hard wood, and of course the Lorenzo good feel and balance.

Invariably, we left feeling exhilarated by all the treasures we had found. More ...

Below are some of the pipes we have been holding:

Canadian Shape Spitfire Pipes

"What difference does the length of the shank make to a straight pipe"?
Lorenzo Canadian shape Spot-carved pipeThe theory is that if the briar has been well cured it will be hard, dry and porous - and the longer the shank, the more opportunity there is for the pipe to extract moisture from the smoke, and the more time to cool the smoke before it leaves the pipe.
No need for extra "filters" or "mopper-ups" (as we call them).

 

6 shapes
Canadian shape Large bowl
Spot carved finish
54-LorCanL R850.00 Buy Now

3 shapes
Canadian shape Medium-large bowl
Spot carved finish
54-LorCanM R750.00 Buy Now

Details

 

Less 25%: November 26 - December 9

 

VIP Summa Cum Laude

The most hand-fitting shape designed by Lorenzo. One of the original shapes from the Italian Master
Made for the left hand – it just nestles
All Summa Cum Laude have 9mm filter option
Bowl size 21mm wide x 48mm deep

Two stunning finishes:
VIP Summa Cum Laude

Cabernet
Glowing Russet finish, named after the wine.
Small surface imperfections cleverly filled.

12 pipes all very much alike in colour and shape

54-LorSCLCab R1295.00 Buy Now

 

Click to view pipes photographed against a grid

Spot-carved
An example of the “Lorenzo” spirit of innovation:
Some “slightly flawed” blocks show a large degree of hard wood and excellent grain – it seemed a waste to rusticate the whole bowl to cover these flaws.
The ingenious “spot carving” was born.
This leaves the background grain open to inspection,
while the random spot surface flaws are carved over.
The pipes are completed a with toning cappuccino-brown mouthpiece.

12 unique pipes - Naturally the appearance of each pipe is unique to that pipe

54-LorSCLSp R1050.00 Buy Now

Less 25%: November 26 - December 9

VIP Valsesia Sandpebble

Another unique set of shapes designed by the original Lorenzo Tagliabue.

If you stand back and look at them you can see the Dublin, Apple and Billiard shapes on which the designs are based.
And the design is perfect – the ridge is just where the  pipe will be held – snug in either hand.

But the finish is new from Riccardo – he calls it “Sandpebble”.
Beautifully carved it offers “sandblasted-look” finishes more dramatic than natural sandblasting, which rely on the natural grain of the briar.
With 9mm option

VIP Valsesia Sandpebble

54-LorVals R1050.00 Buy Now

Click to view pipes photographed against a grid

Less 25%: November 26 - December 9

 

VIP Natural Grain

8 unique pipes with incredible graining shown to perfection by the almost natural honey-blonde finish.
Near flawless bowls with hardly a speck in sight, and any surface imperfections have been very cleverly masked.
You can’t see them but at this price they must be hiding.
The pipes are each embellished by a gold ring  which gives a nice dividing line between the shank and mouthpiece.
Shape 7134 has double inlaid gold bands.
9mm option

Lorenzo VIP Natural Superior Grain Smoking pipes

 

 

VIP Natural Superior Grain
54-LorVIPNatSup R1950.00 Buy Now


VIP Natural Select Grain
54-LorVIPNat R1500.00 Buy Now

Click to view pipes photographed against a grid

Less 25%: November 26 - December 9

 

 

Titano
Shape 8687

Lorenzo Titano shape 8687 2 Finishes1 shape ~ Optional 9mm filter


Black Sandtype Rustic ~ Gold ring
Smooth or rustic top rim
54-LorT8687BSR SOLD OUT


Light brown spot carved finish
54-LorT8687SP R1100.00 Buy Now

Details

 

Oom Paul

Oom Paul T1  Two tone  Polished Satin

The classic shape made famous by Oom Paul Kruger
Standing full bent

Optional 9mm filter ~ Includes adapter

Size T1
Bowl size Approx. 80mm

Polished TwoTone  80mm Bowl
54-LOPTTT1pol R1109.65 Buy Now

Satin TwoTone  80mm Bowl
54-LOPTTT1sat R1109.65 Buy Now

Click to view pipes photographed against a grid

Previous articles for some interesting reading.

 

 

 

 

Marca Dry pipes Shape 120, Smooth or Sandblast, Saddle or TaperAnother Oom Paul shape option

 

The Marca Smoking Pipes Dry
Standing full bent shape 120
is equivalent to Oom Paul T3 bowl size 50mm

 

Details

 

 


CHURCHWARDEN PIPES

Gandalf  pipes as featured in “The Lord of the Rings”Previous articles for some interesting reading.
The widest range of the very popular Churchwarden shape pipes we have ever had.
Spitfire by Lorenzo

Care for your Churchwarden pipe by using extra long (30cm) pipe cleaners

Lorenzo Lectura

Glowing Black Sandblast finish 54-LLetSB R895.00 Buy Now
Lorenzo Lectura CHURCHWARDEN SMOKING PIPES
Rich Satin Brown finish
54-LLetBrn SOLD OUT
Click to view pipes photographed against a grid

 

New rustic finish
Lorenzo Lectura Churchwarden; New rustic finish Long shapes, bent, straight
Long bent or straight shapes Shapes L1, L5  
54-LLetNR R554.80 Buy Now
Click to view pipes photographed against a grid

 

 

 

Lorenzo Laddie - with 9mm filter option
Metal band for strength
2 finishes

 

Lorenzo Laddie Churchwarden glossy black, metal band 9mm

 

Glossy black 1 shape


54-LLad9Blk R756.50 Buy Now

Click to view pipes photographed against a grid

 

 


Lorenzo Laddie

 


Smooth two tone top with rustic base
(TTR) Rhodesian long bent shape
54-LLad1004 R801.90 Buy Now

Click to view pipes photographed against a grid

 

 

 

 

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