Savinelli: Qandale Smooth (626) (6mm)

Product Number: 002-033-47426

While Savinelli features several bent Apples on their standard shape chart, this "626" is their signature, archetypal rendition. It's also the trimmest version offered by the Italian marque, presenting a leaner disposition compared to, say, the "636 KS" and "642" shapes and leaning more into the traditional English style. Defined by a slightly bulging bowl, stretched heel and transition, and lithely bent stem, this iconic "626" is a piece that promotes and natural in hand feel but in more reserved proportions compared to the bowl-centric nature often seen in Italian pipe design.

One of Savinelli's lines of Churchwarden pipes, the Qandale presents a variety of shapes in an Old-World aesthetic that's inspired by the fantasy writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, an avid pipesmoker himself, and the film adaptations of his work. The series here pairs a smooth, chestnut-stained bowl with a naturally hued accent of turned oak fitted to the stem base in rustic style. The Churchwarden design hearkens back to the long, willowy, clay "tavern pipes" of yesteryear, marked by especially long stems. Myth shrouds the name's origin, with stories speculating that churchwardens smoked these longer pipes so as to keep smoke from their eyes while keeping watch over unlocked churches. Others suggest that churchwardens used the longer stems to hang pipe bowls out a window while they smoked during church services. Regardless, the elongated stem promotes a comfortable smoking posture well suited to peaceful, relaxing smoking sessions, and the Qandale's slightly shorter profile makes it a more convenient travel companion compared to most other Churchwardens while still keeping the smoke at a pleasant distance.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 8.12 in./206.25 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: 6mm
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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