Visiting Savinelli USA
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27 March 2012

Visiting Savinelli USA
 Who'd have thought Raleigh would have briar like this?

Wednesday of last week, I made something of a pipe pilgrimage up to the US HQ for Savinelli. I'd been chatting with Giacomo Carlesi, Savinelli's Italy-based export manager and Ruben Ysdiron, CEO of Savinelli USA, by email and phone a bit during the preceding couple of weeks and they convinced me to take the trip up to Raleigh to look at a shipment of higher end Savinelli pipes that they'd just received in the US.

This was, by far, the finest selection of Autographs, Linea Artisan, Briar Line and Milano Handmades that I've ever seen in one place. Beautifully grained briars abounded, laid out in tray after tray on their shipping tables, in anticipation of my arrival. I met Giacomo at noon and having completed the standard salutations, he asked "pipes or lunch?" Alright, anyone who knows me would know that, for me, that's a tough question. I take both pipes and lunch very seriously. But, I figured, we'd look at pipes for an hour and then head off for a bite to eat together with Ruben.

Four and a half hours later, we had moved on from pipes to lighters and Savinelli pipe pouches. Lunch had long since been forgotten amid the great bounty of briar. By the time we finally wrapped up looking through pipes, Ruben had to beg off of 'lunch' and Giacomo and I grabbed a quick bite among early dinner goers rather than the lunch crowd.

What's important, though, is that I had my single best opportunity ever to pick out pipes from the handmade, artisan end of the Savinelli range. Mostly for supply and selection reasons, we've never been terribly focused on these at Smokingpipes.com, though Savinelli is a very important brand to us. Being able to see all of these together reinforced that there's some impressive work coming from the storied Italian manufacturer. And, almost needless to say, I picked out dozens and dozens of pipes. Added to that, I picked up an order that Pam had already forwarded. My little VW Jetta has never, ever been so full. I narrowly escaped having to have pipe boxes on my lap on the way home...

While it was all a little much for us to get up all at one time, we have a huge update from Savinelli on Thursday, totalling seventy-two pipes in all, of which many Autographs, Linea Artisans, Milanos etc are featured. I think my trip up there was definitely worth it; I've never been more pleased with the selection of Savinellis we're able to offer. Check back on Thursday afternoon and have a look!









Posted by sykes at 1:05 PM | Link | 5 comments

Re: Visiting Savinelli USA
Sikes, maybe you can clear something up. For a while now you guys have regularly posted Non-Pareils for sale (in fact, I bought one months ago). But I've been told at one point or another by both Savinelli corporate and a sales rep that the Non-Pareil line is discontinued. Are you selling new/old stock, or are they still making them?

Posted by Chrono on March 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM


Re: Visiting Savinelli USA
Chrono,

I'm just slightly fuzzy on this too, but I do know that a) we're getting them from Savinelli, and b) they're not presently making them.

Here's what I think happened, which is making it a bit confusing. They used to be made, with the horn rather than faux-horn acrylic, by the thousands. Then they went away. I think they came back for a short time and, for one reason or another, the majority ended up in the US and of those, a good percentage ended up on Smokingpipes.com. Then they stopped making them again.

Adding to the confusion, I think Savinelli's US branch thought they were out of them for awhile and either a) they weren't, or b) an unanticipated shipment came from Italy.

This isn't old-old stock, but probably pipes made in, maybe, the last two or three years, but not pipes currently in production.

Basically, I know they're not particularly old, I know they're not being made and I know that we've been able to get a few here and there. Beyond that, I'm not really sure either.

Hope that makes some sense!

Sykes

Posted by sykes on March 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM


Re: Visiting Savinelli USA
I've seen on another pipe seller's site Savinelli's "Natural Flawless" line, natural (unstained) finish pipes that are purportedly free of flaws and fills; is this something you might plan on carrying at some point? I'm mainly interested in natural finish pipes these days, having seen (and enjoyed) how they color in over time with repeated smoking.

I had already acquired one of their more basic (and cheaper) natural unfinished pipes from another seller, and it had no less than 16 fills; looked so bad I felt compelled to keep it in my collection for the amusement value... chuckles aside, I'd love to get one in a much better quality natural finish.

Nice little article, nice pictures. I have more Savinellis in my collection than any other single brand.

Posted by Anderson on March 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM


Re: Visiting Savinelli USA
Anderson,

Yeah, I saw these too on that site. I'm not sure, but I'll investigate.

On the cheaper University pipes, the whole idea is that they would be a super-cheap starter pipe for new smokers. While I think the idea was fine, we opted not to carry them after seeing a few examples (yours is typical).

Posted by sykes on March 28, 2012 at 2:50 PM


Re: Visiting Savinelli USA
Sykes, I wished I could have traveled with you to Savinelli USA headquarters. I would have been in a state of grace, probably with tears of happiness being around so many beautiful pieces. Did you see any Savinelli "Naturales", or were they discontinued? Best Wishes, Eric

Posted by Eric Whitaker on March 28, 2012 at 6:07 PM



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