Claudio Cavicchi: Smooth Freehand (CCCC) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-400-3354

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 Freehand piece is one which calls to mind Bo Nordh's Elephant's Foot shape, though it notably eschews the framing ridges at the flanks of the bowl which define much of the shape's iconic profile. Rather, the bowl here features rounded sides, creating a sweeping shape that curls forward and upward as the walls flare out slightly from a pointed heel. Said heel is situated near the aft of the transitional area, and this extension of the bowl shape pulls the visual weight of the pipe more toward the transition itself, balancing it nicely. From out of this transition the shank flares into a vibrant cobalt accent at the junction, marrying the stummel to a stylized stem of black acrylic and providing a wealth of stunning contrast. Graded "CCCC" and dressed in a warm honey-mahogany stain, the stummel here showcases a wealth of handsome grain, the flanks of the bowl lined with cross grain while the pronounced roundness of the fore and aft are dappled with birdseye.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.58 in./141.73 mm.
  • Weight: 1.73 oz./48.99 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.22 in./56.39 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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