- Jan 8, 2013
I recently picked up a Savinelli 316ks from my local B&M. Later that day I realized it was a "Savinelli Product" pipe. Long story short, the bowl had a minor burnout during the first smoke (1/3 packed, slow smoked). The briar seems too light to be true, like someone accidentally loaded the balsa wood onto the pipe assembly line... By the end of the day I dropped it, from just below knee height and managed to snap the tenon and crack the shank. Now, I have heard nothing but praise for Sav, but this left a real bad taste in my mouth. I have other pipes, even a no name, $40 pipe, that have taken far more abuse, fallen further, and been smoked hotter that are just fine. At $85 bucks, I would expect better of this highly reputable company. I managed to open up the shank a little with a Dremel, and fit an old churchwarden stem into it, so its (barely) usable again, but I dont think I will ever buy another Sav. Anyone else had issues like this?