Savinelli: Qandale Rusticated (106) (6mm)

Product Number: 002-033-50064

While Italian pipes are popularly known for their dramatic, bowl-centric sense of proportions, Savinelli's "106" leans more into the classic English design. Compared to the Italian marque's other straight Billiards, like the "101," "111 KS," "128," and "141 KS," the "106" Billiard is rendered in trimmer style, with more balanced proportions between bowl and shank. It's a wonderful rendition of the classic form, archetypically English and perfect for those interested in the history and quality of Savinelli but prefer a more conservative, reserved size.

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 dark-stained, rusticated 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: 8.46 in./214.88 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: 6mm
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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