I like smaller pipes for a few reasons: they are handy, lightweight, and easy to clench. Smaller chambers also afford me shorter smokes and more bowls throughout the day, which I greatly prefer to one or two smokes lasting two hours each. I can sample more blends and have a nice variety in my daily rotation.
Lately it seems like many pipers are gravitating towards a rotation of small, practical pipes as well. After all, it's one thing to settle down in one's favorite armchair after dinner for a relaxing nightcap, but what about for a quick break during the workday, or a pocket-friendly briar for on the go?
When Sykes and I visited the Savinelli factory earlier this year we were already fans of the venerable marque's Petite line of pipes. Naturally, we were delighted when a small selection of the first-ever Petite Punto Oro and Petite Giubileo d'Oro pipes were brought out. Truth be told, we were probably a little too delighted. Between the two of us, we realized that we already had an impressive selection of shapes and finishes across the Petite lines (like the Petite standards, Silver Army Mount Punto Oro, and Vintage "4002" Punto Oro Cutty seen here in the photos), but that wasn't about to stop us from adding more to our Petite collections.