Claudio Cavicchi: Black Sandblasted Bent Billiard Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-400-3318

Claudio Cavicchi is truly a master of his craft, and his ability to coax the best possible grain out of every piece of briar will always astound me. Originally a farmer, Claudio was first inspired to make pipes after an order he placed for one with his local tobacconist took many months to fill. What resulted was not only a pipe almost exactly like the one Cavicchi was looking for, but a passion that has lasted nearly five decades, his first piece made in 1974. A world-champion slow-smoker with three titles under his belt, Claudio Cavicchi relentlessly seeks perfection in every pipe that he crafts, not only able to read grain exceptionally well, but able to engineer pipes that smoke magnificently. This bent Billiard showcases his uncanny ability to vary shapes, as it's not too often we see a bent Billiard with this demureness of curve. The transition is wide, angling the shank upward just a touch so that it ebbs into the soft arc of the stem with a refined kind of poise. The bowl itself is tall, hearty, and features a low-set waistline that allows the fingers to index quite easily, as well as a very gentle taper to its slanted, flat rim, something pushed into prominence by way of its bold, rounded heel. The stummel here has been dressed in one of Cavicchi's excellent sandblasts and stained an inky black, Claudio's talent for shaping to the grain showcased in the wonderful ring grain that cascades down the bowl.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.83 in./148.08 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.11 in./53.59 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.88 in./22.35 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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