Savinelli: Joker Rusticated (173) (6mm)

Product Number: 002-033-52028

The "173" is one of Savinelli's more unique shapes, hybridizing characteristic elements of other designs. In silhouette, the profile is a fairly straightforward Apple, perhaps a touch taller than would be considered standard and with a very slight bend to the stem, but upon closer examination the pipe's distinguishing qualities become more apparent. The shank is actually a Reuleaux triangle in cross section, still rounded but with defining ridgelines for a paneled-like motif, and such a cue matches the shank of the Italian marque's "673 KS" bent Bulldog. Following the Bulldog similarities, the bowl of the "173" sometimes features crisp beadlines just above the waist in some iterations, yet all versions always remain continually rounded and devoid of the Bulldog's typically sudden taper toward the rim.

Playing card decks first introduced the Joker card in the 1860s, and while they're not used in all card games, Jokers have become iconic images among cards, with most decks depicting them as jesters unique across brands in their specific design and details. The Joker series from Savinelli displays its inspiration in subtle style, presenting pipes with accents of black and red acrylic and bright nickel along the stem base in tribute to the playing card deck's two suit colors. This particular piece is finished in a dark rustication, drawing focus to those accents while still retaining a classic and conservative aesthetic.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.41 in./137.41 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: 6mm
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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