The individually selected freehand pipes are very beautiful, very smokeable, and not over-the-top in price.
Erik Nørding started making his Freehand pipes in the 1960s. He only uses plateau wood for the Freehand Pipes. It is the outer part of the briar block where you find the most beautiful texture and grains.
Matte Brown Series
Erik Nording’s classic Freehands from plateau briar, this time with a rich brown satin matt finish, highlighted with a darker stain following and highlighting the grain. Four stunning shapes. As always, well-cured for a smooth, cool, dry smoke.
Variegated brown mouthpiece
Variegated brown mouthpiece
True amber colour mouthpiece
Nording Spruce Cone
Who would have thought that an ordinary pine cone would have inspired Erik Nording to create a new finish for this freehand pipe.
Nording Briar Line Series
The Briar Line Series are beautifully crafted Freehand Pipes, featuring smooth natural with rustic emphasis.
The Signature Series - Smooth Natural
New last year, we couldn’t resist buying another two of these autographed pipes with 9mm option.
54-NordSign C R2500.00
54-NordSign D R2500.00
Nording “Grain” Series
For his “Grain” series, Erik Nording has chosen the most beautiful, almost flawless bowls from his briar plateaus.
1600 years since the founding of Venice in 421.
In 2021 Venice reaches 1600 years from its foundation, which is traced back to March 25 of the year 421.
Savinelli, in collaboration with the Academia de la Pipa in Vinegia (original name for Venice), is happy to celebrate the event with the production of 421 numbered celebratory pipes.
The pipe for this important anniversary is embellished with a blue acrylic ring, reminiscent of the waves of the lagoon.
The pipe includes an exclusives pipe tamper in the same shade of blue, in authentic Murano glass, produced for the occasion on the island of glass by the local company Ragazzi Sas.
On the shank is a stylized silver gondola, the symbol of Venice known all around the world.
This celebratory pipe, obtained the sponsorship of the Municipality of Venice, the Gondoliers Association and the Italian Federation of Pipe Clubs.
This sandblasted pipe is a straight Dublin with conical bowl and round shank.
This exact pipe, No102 of only 421
With Murano glass tamper - includes adapter and 6mm balsa filters
The “classic” pipe that made the name “Savinelli” famous all over the world thanks to the high quality briar and to the ultimate care in production. The quality is reflected in the mirror-smooth inside of the bowl, the predominance of hard wood, the hand-cut mouthpiece – and the light weight, which indicates the high calibre of the curing.
All have a Teflon peg with a 6mm filter option; the pipes are presented with an adapter and 6mm balsa filters.
The Gold Dot is the stamp of excellence on these magnificent pipes.
Nobody makes a more consistent classic bent pipe than Savinelli.
A pattern of Birdseye, Cross Grain and a burst of Flame Grain give this pipe a dramatic visual impact. This Italian version of a bent Rhodesian has a great feel in the hand. The extra mouthpiece is a bonus. Weight 51g
A classic example of Birdseye panels on both side separated front and back by tight Cross Grain. The inward taper of the bowl creates a soft, comfortable feel in the hand. The extra mouthpiece is a bonus.
As you turn this classic bent Savinelli, you can see how the Birdseye on the left side blends through sweeping Cross Grain into some straight grain on the right. A complex grain pattern, a delight to the eye. Weight 47g
The name means Golden Jubilee. Only one in every thousand bowls qualifies for this grade: perfectly clean and exceptionally grained.
The best that Savinelli has to offer.
A brass tamper mounted on briar is a nice companion.
Lightweight as one would expect: 38g
Good Straight Grain all around the bowl, emphasized by the darker soft wood creating a bold pattern. The unusual panelling and curve of the bowl give a lovely feel in the hand.
A large bowl – 62g
|UNUSUAL FINISHES – DESIGNER PIPES|
Something different for your collection: But such designs and finishes are not for lower-priced briar – they need top quality wood, innovative designs, eye-catching finishes …….. and inspiration.
|Prestige Collection from Savinelli 1876|
Achille Savinelli, a man who changed the history of the pipe, was born in Milan in 1918. To Achille, the son of the founder of Savinelli, pipes were a true passion. His original designs proved revolutionary, combining beauty and smoking satisfaction, producing pipes that he too loved and smoked every day. He possessed pipes of every shape and size imaginable.
We are fortunate to be able to offer personally selected, top quality Savinelli pipes - each one made to the highest standards, a true credit to this renowned company.
The mirror smooth inside of the bowl is an indication of the care taken in producing these fine pipes. They are all fitted with a black acrylic mouthpiece, very resistant to oxidation; and offer the option of a 6mm balsa “filter”.
Collection ~ Limited Editions
Each year a unique model is designed by one of the top pipemakers in the Savinelli factory and produced from well-cured,
flawless briar in limited quantities according to the number of fine quality bowls available in the special shape and size.
The pipe is authenticated by the inlaid plaque and the signature of Achille Savinelli on the mouthpiece,
and accompanied by a numbered certificate of provenance.
These pipes appeal especially to the Collector -
but the distinctive styling and their smoking qualities make them universally appreciated
Savinelli Prestige Collection 2019 Limited Editions
The distinctive design incorporates a black band into the shank while the mouthpiece includes a briar ring.
Chunky bent pots, the 4 pipes have plenty of wood for a cool smoke.
Bowl size: Diameter 21mm x Depth 41mm
A real handful.
Polished Autumn brown finish.
2019 A smooth - 65g
A beautiful clear grain sloping from the shank towards the front of the bowl, where it moves almost straight up the bowl. A lovely example of the pattern created by the wider bands of harder and softer wood of the briar
2019 B smooth - 63g
An example of a classic straight grain – the narrow stripes of hard and soft wood travel directly up the bowl in a delicate design. Matching birds eye on the rim and base of the bowl.
54-Sav2019Sm B R6750.00
Sandblast polished rim.
2019 A sandblast 64g
Clear light sandblasting showing a tight straight grain, confirmed by the grain on the smooth inside of the bowl
Smooth rim displays the matching tight birdseye.
2019 B sandblast 66g
Deeper sandblasting to show off the wider straight grain.
Just look at the inside of the bowl.
Unsurprisingly the rim also has a wider birdseye
showing plenty of hard wood.
54-Sav2019Sb B R5695.00
Completely handmade, unique and unrepeatable - bearing the signature of Achille Savinelli. These exclusive pipes, which all Collectors covet, are carved by only a few skilled workers from the finest briar blocks personally selected by Giancarlo Savinelli, great grandson of the Founder, who currently heads the company.
From the Savinelli website:
This rare, unique and irreplaceable pipe, is shaped from the raw material following the grain and the “fiammatura” (“flame”), which Mother Nature has put at our disposal, according to the artistic mood of our master craftsmen. The wood is natural and the shape is unique for each piece. The name “Autograph” was created from the handwritten signature of Achille Savinelli Senior printed on the mouthpiece.
These pipes are created according to the characteristics of the raw material: the briar, and as a consequence their shapes are affected by the necessity and the creativeness. Practically they are all unique.
Savinelli Autograph Smooth
Here we are admiring pone of the very few pipes to carry the stamped Savinelli signature.
Glorious Straight and slightly twisting Flame grain cover the whole surface of this Signature pipe.
As described by Giancarlo Savinelli, who personally selects these pipes, they are hand-designed, unique and unrepeatable.
An exceptionally elegant pipe, with a bevelled rim to the bowl for easy packing.
A beautiful example of how the tight hard wood is enhanced by the darker streaks in this Flame Grain pattern.
The brown Cumberland mouthpiece continues the brown briar tone to the whole pipe. Weight 52g
Now here’s an unusual shape – but how practical.
Fingers fit snugly around the ridge which is cleverly shaped to fit either hand.
The shaping allows the bowl to lie comfortably at a slight angle on either side.
Now look at the grain:
The inside of the bowl tells you that it is straight all the way up, and tight with it.
The sandblasted outside of the bowl displays this grain so beautifully, a joy just to look at.
Did you ever see anything so stylish?
The semi-square, rounded top, shank just flows into the hand-cut mouthpiece, with a hollow on each side following the line of the shank.
The grain too contributes: beautifully flared; you can confirm by looking at the inside of the bowl.
And it is so light – a real tribute to the quality of the briar and the curing.
Savinelli Autograph Panelled
This is an intriguing pipe.
In one way it can look as if a textured rough cover has been fitted over part of the bowl.
There is even a fine ridge along the edge of the covered section.
But what has actually happened is that the whole pipe was sandblasted, with the front panel and the sides of the shank carefully polished removing the surface sandblasting in order to display the lovely grain.
The Free Styling between the smooth and the sandblasted areas follow the grain which warrants the Autograph status.
Simply described by Savinelli as a Free Style Autograph pipe.
To my eye it is a square-shanked, sloping 4 panelled Dublin with incredible deep sandblasted sides, and striking Straight Grain polished panels front and back.
The clean, polished inside of the bowl confirms the coverage of the Straight Graiin around the whole bowl.
The trimmed inner rim of the bowl adds a nice neat touch to the overall sandblasted Birdseye top of the bowl.
And it stands alone.
“Briar Line” is a new series of ‘free hand’ pipes, shaped by hand, with a superior quality of briar, like the Autograph. The shapes are modern and attractive, and a little bit smaller compared to the traditional Autograph; they are decorated with a ring made of maple wood on the mouthpiece.
On the stem of the bowl is printed the signature of Giancarlo Savinelli.
On the mouthpiece is a new silver Savinelli logo.
BRIAR LINE SMOOTH, ALMOST NATURAL FINISH
Just enough stain for you to appreciate the fine grains.
What an elegant shape, and good for the hand too.
And the grain is superb – flame grain all around the bowl and up through the shank, rising from a beautiful tight birdseye grain
at the base of the bowl.
The saddle is set at a diagonal which contributes to the elegance of the hand cut mouthpiece.
A lovely flame grain on two sides of the bowl, with birdseye front and back.
The shank has been specially carved
to make the most of the grain.
Not wanting to break the line of the shank and mouthpiece, the mouthpiece is tapered on the top.
But saddle underneath so that the lip is thinner for extra comfort in the mouth.
Sale Price R2910.00
This elegant Freehand pipe has not deviated too far from the classis 626 shape in the Savinelli standard collection. But just enough to make the most of the grain.
The light sandblasting on one side of the bowl shows Straight Grain which is confirmed as it leads into the polished front of the bowl.
Moving across this front panel, a little more harder wood runs into tighter almost straight grain. Just check the inside of the bowl.
The muted off-white ring fitted to the mouthpiece, rather than a bright white band, is a nice touch and marks the pipe as part of the Briar Line range.
The flattened rusticated base panel allows this pipe to be free-standing. The Straight Grain is clearly visible on both the outside and the inside of the clean bowl. The light coloured ring on the mouthpiece softens the sharp visual colour change from brown to black – a nice touch.
BRIAR LINE – BLACK SANDBLAST
Black sandblast? Not really.
The final polishing develops a rich burgundy glint to the peaks of the deeply sandblasted finish.
Typical of the Savinelli touch is the almost triangular stem – with a perfectly distinct edge even on the sandblasted finish.
In this case the edge is set low on the shank, creating a flat base, and a smooth flow from the base of the bowl into the mouthpiece.
I just had to buy this one – Flame grain from the base of the bowl to the rim, and to the end of the shank.
The hollows on the hand-cut mouthpiece echo the line of the grain.
And now for the briar:
Flawless, close grain; just enough softer wood to create a grain of real beauty.
Naturally the inside of the bowl shows the same beauty, and the birdseye grain on the top of the bowl, is repeated on the underside and top of the shank.
Generous size bowl, you can enjoy each pipeful for a comfortable length of time.
54-SavAutoPan3 R6695.00 R4050.22
When a grain is so beautiful, it is just asking to be displayed by a smooth finish. But that is not enough – the matching birdseye is highlighted by sandblasting, and right where you can appreciate it best.
Now for evidence of the technical ability of the sandblaster – the clean straight line between the two finishes.
Only the best craftsmen are allowed to work on such pipes.
Now hold the pipe slightly sideways and see how the smooth inside of the bowl mirrors the grain of the outside.
The pipe stands alone – a bonus.
Why did I buy this?
A combination of:
The appearance – the smooth rim; the smooth-ended, gently curved shank which is echoed by the shape of the mouthpiece.
The shape – the thick-wooded, solid bowl which it just nestles in the hand.
The really interesting grain displayed by brilliant sandblasting.
I just loved it
– I still do.
The geometrically structured parallel-sided bowl is perfectly matched by the squared shank and flat base.
And with all that – the overall impression is one of restrained elegance, and excellent balance.
Feels great in the hand.
The pipe stands on its own – very useful if you ever feel that you have to put it down.
54-SavBLSmc R9995.00 R6456.00
This is when you appreciate the artistry – this briar ebauchon just couldn’t have been formed into any other shape.
The straight grain all around the bowl just flows.
Even the inside of the bowl is perfect.
And the shank has been specially carved to make the most of the grain.
The thicker rim at the top of the bowl highlights the excellence of the corresponding birdseye grain.
And here’s something new – the inside rim of the bowl is bevelled for more comfortable packing and lighting.
Typical of Savinelli touch is the almost triangular stem – with a perfectly distinct edge.
54-SavBLSbc R4195.00 R2700.00
A bold, strong design.
The Savinelli interpretation of a classic English Lovat – what a success.
The burly bowl is matched perfectly by the shank and mouthpiece.
While the curve of the mouthpiece gives it style.
But wait – the shank is not just an ordinary round: the base forms 3 flat * sides of a hexagon, while the top is tastefully rounded to meld into the mouthpiece.
*So it stands of course.
Finally the grain – the inside of the bowl shows a tight straight grain, confirmed by the birdseye on the polished rim.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519): The Genius - painter, inventor, mathematician, physicist, sculptor
Each pipe in the collection features the appropriate figure on a Shield (.925sil) mounted on the shank;
The range now comprises “La Giaconda - Mona Lisa”, “Il Cavallo -The Horse”, “Flight - Ala Battente”
- Special Orders only (if available)
Savinelli Leonardo da Vinci smooth pipe
Leonardo Collection, Limited Edition
Savinelli Leonardo da Vinci rustic pipe
Leonardo Collection, Limited Edition
Savinelli Leonardo da Vinci smooth pipe
Savinelli Leonardo da Vinci
Savinelli Leonardo da Vinci
Shape based on a Horse's hoof
Savinelli Leonardo da Vinci
Savinelli Leonardo da Vinci - Study on Light .925Sil
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