Claudio Cavicchi: Brown Smooth Bent Dublin (Perla) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-400-2691
Each time I smoke my own Cavicchi pipe I find myself becoming more enamored with the quality of the smokes it provides me, and, likewise, each time I find myself describing any of his exemplary pieces, regardless of their finish, I am even further enchanted by his expert shaping and transcendent grain coaxing abilities. Among his pipes, two gradings reign above all others: the "Perla" and the "Diamante," with the latter being so exceedingly rare that we have only ever received two new examples, one of which I had the distinct honor of describing. The "Perla," while being slightly more obtainable, is still quite rare, and it is no surprise, given that Cavicchi is, above all else, a perfectionist, and his nearly five decades of experience have taught him what perfection looks like. That being said, this bent Dublin is probably as close to perfect as I have ever seen in a "Perla" pipe, and not just because of the grain, but because the shaping which has been achieved here is so absolutely spot on, and the balance which Claudio has imbued it with is spectacular. It is plain to see, immediately, that this pipe features bold, bowl-centric, Italian Neoclassical proportions, with the bowl itself conquering the visual weight of the composition at first glance. As it is looked at, however, I find that the stretched shank and trim saddle stem, while much more lithe and low-profile, in comparison, offer a counterbalance, anchoring the visual weight more toward the transition and giving the pipe a more unified feel overall. Said shank features a compressed, slightly ovoid shape that ebbs out of the low-set transition with the slightest of upward angles, the topside looking almost completely flat while the underside curves just a tad to make a consistent taper that reaches the stem. The heel which the dramatically flared bowl sits upon is quite firm and solid, supporting the bowl's heft easily and lending a feeling of solidity to this otherwise fairly soft pipe. I have intentionally avoided talking about the grain up to this point, because if I did I would have no room to talk about the shaping, but suffice it to say that this is some of the most sublime, enthralling, devastatingly gorgeous grain that I have ever seen on any pipe. The bowl is completely wrapped with straight grain, wavering only slightly into flame on parts of the right flank, but, most importantly, is striated with, quite possibly, the densest, most well-defined visible growth rings I have ever seen on a smooth pipe, wrapping around the bowl completely, standing out in lighter hues atop its upright brother. The slightly domed rim is coated entirely in dense whorls of birdseye, much like the underside and top of the shank, displaying a veritable ocean of the swirling pinpricks. The more I stare at this pipe in awe, the more I become ensorcelled by its dazzling looks, taken in by the shaping and held fast by the grain, the former painstakingly realized to enhance the latter, all culminating in something absolutely magical.-John McElheny
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 6.17 in./156.72 mm.
- Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.87 in./22.10 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
- Stem Material: Acrylic
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Dublin
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Italy