Claudio Cavicchi: Smooth Prince with Spalted Beechwood (CCC) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-400-3497

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. It's very seldom that Cavicchi crafts the Prince shape, though when he does it's usually rather reserved, with examples such as this one standing out. The shank and stem combination here boasts the shape's understated curvature well, with the shank lifting and extending just a bit to meet a flared accent of spalted beechwood. This accent acts as the junction to a tapering stem of black acrylic, its base showcasing an expansion ring that mirrors the build of the accent and unifies the look of the aft side combination. Up front, a Tomato-like bowl stands atop a slightly lifted heel, its thick walls growing up from a low-set waist with a rounded taper to the rim: their plumpness making for a comfortable feel in hand. Dressed in one of Cavicchi's iconic honey-blonde finishes and graded three C's out of five, the bowl is wrapped in dense flame grain and the rim and underside are draped with birdseye.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.47 in./138.94 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.42 in./36.07 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.19 in./30.23 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Prince
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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