Blog by Steve Laug
Jeff picked this beautiful 2017 Christmas pipe from an antique dealer in Utah. It is stamped Savinelli St. Nicolas on the heel of the bowl. That is followed by the Savinell ‘S’ Shield logo and the shape number 320KS over Italy. It is an attractive pipe with a multi-hued brown stain that highlights the nooks and crannies of the rustication. It has a white acrylic stem with twin red bands around it at the stem shank union. The pipe was lightly smoked with some debris in the bowl but there was no real cake in the bowl. The rim top had some dust and debris in the crevices of the finish but no tars or lava overflow. The stem had some tars and oils in the airway but it was also clean. There was light tooth chatter on the stem just ahead of the button on both sides.
I did a quick online search to see what information was available on the pipe. I found out on the Pipes & Cigars Website (https://www.pipesandcigars.com/p/savinelli-saint-nicholas-2017-pipes/2005051/) that “Savinelli Saint Nicholas 2017 Pipes are Savinelli’s Holiday release for 2017, and are briars that should put you in the Christmas mood. The pebble rustication finished in deep red mated to a creamy white acrylic stem makes for a cheery appearance. Dual vivid red rings on the stem are truly eye-catching accents.” That certainly described the one that Jeff had found. Jeff took the following photos when he brought the pipe home to clean it.
I found another site selling the pipes that describes the Savinelli Saint Nicholas 2017 Pipes as: Savinelli’s Holiday release for 2017, and are briars that should put you in the Christmas mood. The pebble rustication finished in deep red mated to a creamy white acrylic stem makes for a cheery appearance. Dual vivid red rings on the stem are truly eye-catching accents. The stem will accept Savinelli 6mm balsa filters, and come with an adapter to convert it to an unfiltered pipe. Best of all, they’ve chosen to make this line in some of their most popular shapes, including the fashionable author-shaped 320 and 321. Get yourself ready for some great holiday experiences with Savinelli Saint Nicholas 2017 pipes! He took some close up photos of the bowl and rim to show the condition. You can see the dust in the finish and the debris and light carbon on the bowl walls. The bottom of the bowl was still raw briar so the pipe really had not been broken in.Jeff took photos of the bowl sides to show how good the finish looked on the entire pipe. You can see the rustication style and it is quite stunning. He took a photo of the stamping on the heel of the bowl. The stamping is very clear and reads as noted above. The white acrylic stem also has a golden Savinelli “S” Shield logo on the top of the taper.Jeff took photos of the stem surface at the button. You can see that it looks very good.The pipe came in its original box so Jeff took a photo of the labels on each end of the box. One end identifies it as a St. Nicholas 2017 6MM 320 Pipe. That means that it will fit the 6MM Balsa filters that Savinelli makes. Interestingly the pipe also came with the adapter in place that replaces the filters all together. The other end of the box has a bar code and reads Saint Nicholas 2017 (320KS) 6mm.I did a bit more investigation and found that Savinelli has issued St. Nicholas pipes in a wide variety of shapes from at least 2013 if not earlier. Each year the banding and the stem are different colours but they are an interesting take on colours.Jeff cleaned up the pipe and sent it my way in a recent box. I did not have to do too much work on it as he had done the cleanup before he sent it. He had reamed it with a PipNet Reamer and a Savinelli Fitsall Pipe Knife and removed the thin cake/coating on the walls. He scrubbed the interior with alcohol, cotton swabs and pipe cleaners – working over the mortise and the airways in the shank and stem. He scrubbed down the exterior of the bowl and rim with undiluted Murphy’s Oil Soap and rinsed it off. He dried it and buffed it with a soft cotton cloth. When I opened the box he sent I took out the red Savinelli box and opened it. It included a red pipe sock, a booklet, a package of Balsa filters, an instruction sheet on breaking the pipe in, a quality control tag and an Italian flag decal. The pipe was impeccably clean and ready for the next person to smoke. I gave it a light buff and took photos of the finished pipe. It really is a beauty. The finish was described above as a pebble finish and that is as good a description as I can find for it. The colours are a mix of various brown stains. The finish works really well with twin red banded white acrylic stem. It is a beautiful pipe. The dimensions of the pipe are Length: 5.28 in./134.11 mm, Weight: 2.60 oz./73.71 g, Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm, Chamber Depth: 1.31 in./33.27 mm, Chamber Diameter: 0.91 in./23.11 mm, Outside Diameter: 1.98 in./50.29 mm. This will be going on the rebornpipes store shortly if you are interested in adding this beauty to your rack. Thanks for reading.