Blog by Steve Laug
My brother picked up this nice rusticated Brebbia Twin 2 because of the beautiful cobalt blue stem. It is a twin in that it can be smoked as a Churchwarden with the long stem or by simply removing the lower part of the stem it can be smoked as a regular length bent pipe. The rustication is very tactile and rugged looking – similar to the Brebbia Lido finish. The mixture of dark black and brown stains gives the bowl an interesting contrast finish. The top of the rim is beveled inward and is smooth. It also has the same brown stain as the shank end and underside. It is a great contrast to the surround black rustication of the bowl and shank. The end of the shank is smooth and rounded while the smooth panel on the underside of the stem is stamped with the pipes identification. In this case it reads Italy, Brebbia Twin 2. The long insert portion of the stem is made out of cobalt blue acrylic and has a small multi-coloured brown acrylic ring attached to the end. The extension has a Delrin tenon that holds it in the shank. The second part of the stem has a briar ring attached to the end of the stem and also a Delrin tenon. The left side of the stem has the Brebbia gold diamond shaped logo stamped in it. All of the parts work well together and give the pipe an elegant look. Jeff took some photos of the pipe before he cleaned it up and sent it to me. The next photos show the pipe taken apart and also in its shortened version. You can see the Delrin tenons on both the extension and the stem itself. The gentle curves of the stem and the shank is really nice even in the shorter version of the pipe. Jeff took close up photos of the rim top and bowl to show how clean the pipe was when he received it. The second photo below shows a side view of the rustication of the bowl. It is a really beautiful pipe.The rich cobalt blue stem and extension are one of my favourite parts of this pipe. The colours of the bowl, rim, shank end, acrylic spacer and briar spacer work really well together with the blue of the stem material.The next two photos show the Brebbia Twin 2 stamping and the Brebbia logo on the left side of the stem portion. Both are very clean and readable.The stem was very clean in terms of tooth marks or chatter. There was some debris in the crease of the button that would need to be cleaned out but otherwise it was in very good condition.Before I did my part of the work on the pipe I decided to do a bit of background reading on the brand just to refresh my knowledge about Brebbia. I figured a quick read on Pipedia and on the Pipephil Logos and Stampings site would give me sufficient information. I turned to Pipedia first and there found some company history summarised. I quote in full from that article (https://pipedia.org/wiki/Brebbia).
Pipe Brebbia Srl, or better the M.P.B. (Manifattura Pipe Brebbia) was born in 1953 from the denouement of the association between Achille Savinelli and Enea Buzzi in 1947, where the first was employed in the marketing and the second in manufacturing of pipes under the name of Savinelli. It was made in exclusive up to 1953 and extended without further rights up to 1956.
The production, which is always careful and perfect, has continued in a traditional way for 60 years, using old lathes for the first steps, but finishing every piece by hand.
The secret of their manufacture, if we may put it this way, is the respect for the traditions with the experience acquired in several years of successful work, which could be summed up in two words: high quality.
The factory is currently managed by Enea’s son, Luciano.
For the last few decades, many of Brebbia’s pipes have been made by a number of small, otherwise independent pipe manufacturers, being marketed under the trade name Brebbia.
I then turned to the Pipephil site (http://www.pipephil.eu/logos/en/logo-brebbia.html) and found confirmation of the above information.
The Brebbia brand Brebbia Pipe is named after the locality of Bosco Grosso di Brebbia (Prov. Varese, Reg. Lombardia). A first corporate was founded by Enea Buzzi and Achille Savinelli in 1947. They split in 1953. Buzzi ketp the factory and created the MPB brand (Maniffatura Pipe Brebbia). After 1968 the brand was shortly called “Brebbia”. Luciano Buzzi son of Enea manages the company since the 1990s.
Jeff did not have to do a whole lot of cleaning on this pipe as it was pretty spotless. He ran pipe cleaners, cotton swabs and alcohol through the mortise and the airways in the shank, extension and stem. He cleaned around the button edge to remove the debris. He wiped down the rim top and the inside of the bowl to remove dust and gave the pipe a general once over to remove any dust or debris from shipping. When I received the pipe I took photos of it to show its general condition. It is in great shape which is why I took a breather and worked on refreshing it before doing some of the more grimy pipes that are on my work table. I took some close up photos of the bowl, rim top and stem to show its general condition. It was in pretty good shape. A little polishing and buffing would bring it to its full potential.I worked some Before & After Restoration Balm into the deep rusticated surface of the briar with my finger tips to deep clean the finish, enliven and protect the wood. I used a horse hair shoe brush to make sure that the balm went deep into the grooves and valleys of the rustication. I let it sit for a few minutes and then buffed it with a cotton cloth. The wood came alive and there was a rich shine to the briar. The smooth rim top, shank end and underside looked rich as well. I took some photos of the bowl at this point to mark the progress in the restoration. The stem and extension were in such good condition that I only worked them over with micromesh sanding pads. I polished the cobalt blue acrylic – wet sanding it with 1500-2400 grit pads and dry sanding it with 3200-12000 grit pads and wiped it down with a damp cotton pad after each one. When I finished with the 12000 grit pad I wiped it down a final time and hand buffed it with a cloth. I finished by polishing it with Before & After Pipe Stem Polish Fine and Extra Fine. I buffed stem and extension with Blue Diamond to polish them. I gave the bowl multiple coats of Conservator’s Wax and the stem and extension multiple coats of carnauba wax. I buffed the entire pipe with a clean buffing pad to raise the shine. I hand buffed it with a microfiber cloth to deepen the shine. The finished pipe is shown in the photos below. The briar has a shine and a rich glow to it and the cobalt blue acrylic stem came out quite nice with a deep shine. The pipe really looks quite amazing. The dimensions on the pipe are; Length with extension: 10 inches, Length with just stem: 6 ½ inches, Bowl Height: 2 inches, Bowl Outer Diameter: 1 ½ inches, Chamber Diameter: ¾ inches. This will be a hard one to let go of but watch the rebornpipes store if you are interested in adding it to your collection. Send me an email to email@example.com or a message on Facebook. Thanks for looking.