Butz-Choquin Pipes

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Saint-Claude, the center of pipemaking in France is nestled in the Jura Mountains near the Swiss border. It is here that the Berrod-Regad factory made its beginnings in 1875. Lucien Regad founded the company and was one of the first manufacturers to use, the then novel, briar. Arthur Berrod, who joined the company in 1888, rose quickly and ultimately married Thérèse Regad. The company was renamed Berrod-Regad in 1914.

The Butz-Choquin line (Berrod-Regad purchased the name in 1951) has become known worldwide since its inception for both the quality of its pipes and its flair for the unusual. This flair for the unique began in 1963 when Claude Berrod (father of current president Jean-Paul Berrod) began to experiment with new and unusual pipe shapes. At that time it was truly revolutionary for a French carver to experiment with nontraditional shapes since the French were faithful to very traditional shapes. Ironically, or perhaps not, France has become known in the pipe world for producing unusual and beautiful pipes.

Most Butz-Choquin pipes are machine cut and sanded and finished by hand from Corsican and Moroccan briar. The average production line pipe takes seventy steps to complete from block of briar to finished product. The production line Butz-Choquin pipes are all of excellent quality, using quality briar and crafted by experts (the average worker at the factory has over ten years of experience).

A few Butz-Choquin pipes are made entirely by hand by Alain Albuisson and his team of five master pipe carvers. These lines include Maitre Pipier and the Collection series. Alain Albuisson is deservedly one of the most esteemed pipe carvers in France, having won numerous awards and is one of only five French pipe makers good enough to be titled "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" (literally, the most industrial of France' but it essentially designates those who are at the forefront of their respective field (from pipemaking to cooking to engineering). Albuisson is a true master of his art and with the merest glance at his work it is obvious why he has been so lauded. His pipes exhibit an unbelievable eye for form and composition, an incredible knowledge of his medium (briar) and minute attention to detail.

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Fregate (1601)

$130.00 $104.00
002-010-0420

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Fregate (1789)

$130.00 $104.00
002-010-0377

Butz-Choquin
Manoir (1771)

$130.00 $104.00
002-010-1067

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Metro (1304)

$101.84 $81.47
002-010-1313

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Metro (1320)

$101.84 $81.47
002-010-1308

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Metro (1320)

$101.84 $81.47
002-010-1309

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Old Root (1402)

$130.00 $104.00
002-010-1276

Butz-Choquin
Rocaille (1601)

$124.82 $99.86
002-010-1290

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Rocaille (1601)

$124.82 $99.86
002-010-0886

Butz-Choquin
Rocaille (1789)

$124.82 $99.86
002-010-1291

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Rocaille (1789)

$124.82 $99.86
002-010-1169

Butz-Choquin
Smart (1300)

$94.00 $75.20
002-010-1432

Butz-Choquin
Smart (1723)

$94.00 $75.20
002-010-1433

Butz-Choquin
Supermate (1025)

$160.00 $128.00
002-010-1434

Butz-Choquin
Supermate (1303)

$160.00 $128.00
002-010-1435

Butz-Choquin
Supermate (1310)

$160.00 $128.00
002-010-1343

Butz-Choquin
Supermate (1789)

$160.00 $128.00
002-010-1394