My first Savinelli was an estate Savinelli De luxe Milano, shape 6002 which I bought from eBay in September 2013. This pipe is a great smoker – I couldn’t find much information about this pipe or the series, but seemingly the De Luxe Milano series was under the Giubileo and the Punto Oro, but above the Oscar, Extra, Sherwood, and Capri series. They had more traditionally standard shapes of the time. “Fancy” designs, which was mainly brought on the scene by the Danish pipe design style, took off from the mid 1980’s. With a Milano, you can always count on a great grain and finish, but with a couple of minor fills. The brass bar inlay on the stem is also characteristic of those days
In 1876 Achille Savinelli Sr. opened one of the first shops in the world selling exclusively smoking accessories and pipes in Milan. His two brothers followed him soon afterwards with a similar shop in Genoa. Both shops were successful and were quickly known because of their good quality and service. In 1920 Carlo Savinelli, son of Achille Savinelli took over his father’s shop. He began to collaborate with pipe craftsmen and started to sell the first pipes which were branded “Savinelli”. But it was only the next generation, Carlo’s son, Achille Savinelli Jr who expanded the brand and started to produce under the name of Savinelli. Soon afterwards, Savinelli began gaining a reputation as some of the most unique and liked pipes world wide. Today, Savinelli is one the biggest pipe factories in the world and is now owned by Giancarlo Savinelli, son of Achille Jr. Many pipe collectors will have at leat one Savinelli not only for the historical value of the brand, but also for the design and function of the pipe. The original Savinelli pipe shows a remarkable similarity with pipes from Dunhill pipes (specifically the Punto d’Oro series). The shape is classical and mainly based on the English briar pipe shapes.
My second Savinelli was also an estate Savinelli de Luxe Milano, shape “Oom Paul”, also bought from eBay in January 2014 and again, a great smoker and a good clencher.
By this time I was sold on Savinelli and bought a new Primo Fumo at a discounted price from a Tobacconist. Primo Fumo translates to the “first smoke”. This pipe is an excellent pipe for a beginner, stepping up into quality pipes like Savinelli. This pipe show lots of hardwood and have a filling on the bowl with an acrylic mouthpiece. It comes with a 6mm Teflon peg, which can be removed for a Savinelli balsa filter. It is a really nice light pipe for a quick smoke, not in the same quality as the other two but a typical good Savinelli.
I also bought an estate Iwan Ries – Savinelli made, covered with leather from eBay in October 2013. I’m not sure where these fit in, in the Savinelli line but what I could gather is that they are consignment pipes made by Savinelli for Iwan Ries (US). So, I assume they are of equal quality as all Savinellis. I’ve removed the leather as it started to perish and what a surprise – beautiful wood grain underneath. I had to replace the stem as the stem was tooth-broken. Smokes reasonably well in is still active in my rotation.
My next Savinelli acquisition is a large estate Savinelli Dry System 1616, 9 mm filter pipe. It has a “S” marking on the stem with a Cumberland stem. The pipe has a fine grain and the large bowl really sits well in the hand. I bought it from a German pipe smoker who is considering quitting – so I assume a much-loved and cared for pipe which he himself loved. This is an exceptional nice pipe!
After much trial and error, Savinelli its “Dry System” in 1981. This system ensures a cool dry smoke by combining the trap and balsa filter and enlarging the smoke hole. It has also the famous Petersons “smokehole on the top” mouthpiece which not only ensures that moist is not deposited into your mouth, but also directs the smoke away from the tongue, preventing “tongue bite”. These pipes can also be smoked without the balsa filter in which case the moisture will condense and collect in the trap. Obviously, the balsa filter assist in absorbing the moisture.
My next acquisition is a Savinelli Sigla (Autograph series). This series of pipe has brought an entirely new look and feel to the Savinelli brand. The Sigla series pipes are one of the high-end lines produced by Savinelli. These freehand pipes are meant to be slightly abbreviated versions of the Autograph series, putting them in a more affordable price range. They are made from the finest briar and some of the most impressive pipes made by Savinelli. These pipes are created according to the characteristics of the raw material: the briar, and as a consequence their shapes are affected by the necessity and the creativeness. The Autograph series are imprinted with the “Savinelli” signature and has the removable balsa wood filter. The free hand pipes (Autograph, VIP, Artisan, Sigla and Briar) are created according to the characteristics of the briar, and as a consequence their shapes are affected by the necessity and the creativeness. They are therefore quite unique
The next 2 acquisitions were also estate pipes; a De Luxe Milano, 616 KS and a Savinelli stamped “Extra Dry” 603. The 616 KS (King Size) is a huge pipe but sits very comfortable in your hand. I usually use this one if I would like to smoke a big bowl of tobacco.
I fell so in love with Savinelli pipes that I bought a few more estates. The next was a half bent De Luxe Milano 412 KS with the newer Savinelli gold strip in the stem. This pipe has become one of my favourites.
After this one, I was looking for the higher quality series, Punto Oro and Guibileo. I found these Punto Oro’s. The first one, a classic style Punto Oro 606 KS. The next Savinelli which struck my PAD was a beautiful Savinelli Punto Oro 611.
At some point, I thought my collection lack straights. The only straight pipes I have, are 2 that I have from the 80’s (one of my ate father’s). So I acquired this estate Punto Oro at a reasonable price. It is a 611 KS.
I’m still looking for a Savinelli Guibileo to complete my Savinelli collection.
My latest addition (2016) is three pipes which I’ve received in a Yabo from a great friend from the US. One of them is this Savinelli One Rusticated # 404 pipe. Its from the Savinelli “Starter Kit” range and smokes great, like all Savinelli’s I have.
My latest Savinelli acquisition was a bid which I actually didn’t want to win :-0. It is a De Luxe Milano, Chimney shape. Nothing wrong with the smoking quality of this pipe, but the style is not necessarily my liking.