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Peterson 999 vs Savinelli 673

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  • Started 2 years ago by johnbarleycorn
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  1. johnbarleycorn

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    I've been considering a Savi 673 for awhile but have recently been drawn to the Pete St Patrick's Day 999. I don't own a Pete and I really love the look of their pipes but have seen several people criticize their newer pipes. So I am seeking advice on my selection. Any thoughts concerning which pipe would be a better choice?

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    I have 5 Savinelli pipes and 2 Peterson pipes. I can honestly say that the Savinelli pipes are much better smokers than the Peterson pipes. I would go with the Savinelli myself.

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    Amazingly, I own pipes on both sides of this comparison, a Peterson 999 Killarney P-Lip and a Savinelli Opera 673KS. The comparison is handicapped only by the Pete being a P-Lip, my only P-Lip, and perhaps by the Sav Opera being a somewhat up-market version of the 673, with the extra size of a KS and the series being also somewhat up-market. I find them both sturdy and competent pipes, hefty in hand, but not overweight in any way, and beautifully balanced. I have had no complaints with any of my Petes, and this one is no exception. However, the 673KS has the look, feel, and draw of a luxury pipe. It compares favorably to the best in my stable, a Ser Jacopo and a Ferndown. It's just noticeably more of a pipe. Take the specifics of these pipes into consideration; they aren't a perfect match. But from these, liking them both, I'd recommend the Sav.

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    Well, I'll go the other way with this one.. The Savinelli is quite elegant and classic indeed. It looks luxurious and all. However, the 999 is a beauty and an excellent smoker. The double grooves make it extra beautiful and cools it down - like in a car radiator - I have the Dracula variation of it and it looks - in my opinion - prettier than the Savi

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    One major point of difference between those two - as far as I know, the Savinelli is only available as a filter pipe. The 999 St. Pats day may be available with a filter, but I believe most are sold without. I'm not a filter guy, so that would be the deal breaker on the Savinelli. Or get the adapter, but that makes it fussy to keep clean.

    Al

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    Another deal breaker for me - the Savinelli is only available with an acrylic stem, the Peterson is vulcanite (I assume you are referencing a 2016 St. Pat's day pipe). So, you are comparing pipes with distinctly different stems.

    http://www.tobaccopipes.com/peterson-st-patricks-day-tobacco-pipe-2016-999-fishtail/

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    If you can't handle them in person make sure to go with a vendor that will examine the pipes for you. SPC is great for this. Anecdotally, Peterson has less stringent QC and looser manufacturing tolerances. That said, every pipe is unique.

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    I have 6 Savinelli pipes ranging in age of 20 to 50 years old (mostly estate pipes) and all smoke great. Ive always wanted a vintage Peterson but missed opportunities on deals. Id say don't pass on a good deal, go for the Peterson and enjoy, from what I have seen there is a large availability of affordable Savinelli and other quality pipes.

    What ever you decide, post a photo

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    If you can handle both of them that's the best way to make a decision. Otherwise you're less likely to find a flaw in the Savs.

    As to filters, I find no discomfort with just removing the filter and smoking as is.

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    I have a good number of Savs and Petes. All of them smoke really well.

    The $152 Miele 677KS Savinelli I have has just as many fills as my $80 Peterson Aran B5, about four or five. Personally I'd say the brands are about par with one another.

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    The Peterson 2016 999 will only be available for a limited time. If the finish appeals to you, you should get it. I have a St. Patrick's Day 2009 pipe that is a joy to smoke. My two favorite pipes are a Peterson Graftonn 999 and a Savinelli Bing's Favorite, which I use mostly for Virginia tobaccos. I don't think that there is much difference between the two brands, at similar price points, to smoking quality.

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    Well I tried to buy the Peterson St Patrick 2016 poker a while back but it sold out before I could get one. And I do love the finish so I was just about to pull the trigger on the 999 even though I really think the Savinelli might be a better smoker. And then I looked again at the Savinelli liquirizia 673 and it stopped me in my tracks. I just keep flipping back and forth. Although I think I will be happy with either choice.

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    Get the Liquirzia you will not be disappointed! I Love Pete's and have a few 999, but I pick up the Liquirizia a few months ago and it is not just a good pipe, but a great pipe. The stem coloring mixed with the stain is very classy. The candy that comes with it is STRONG! Be warned..

    John
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    Well I have settled on the Savinelli liquirizia 673 after much contemplation. Thanks for all the input and I may still end up getting the Peterson at a later date. Will post pics when I get it.

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    Pics of the new Savinelli Liquirizia 673. The pictures really don't do it justice.

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    That's a beauty! I dig that swirled stem..............
    What will be the maiden smoke???

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    Hal o the Wynd and so far I believe this is going to be a spectacular smoker. That Italian liquorice that comes with it is some strong stuff though

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    Great choice. I would imagine HOW would compliment the licorice flavor quite nicely.......... enjoy that one!

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    Yes these flavors are a match made in heaven. And now I have GOT to quit buying pipes for a while. This is getting ridiculous.

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    And now I have GOT to quit buying pipes for a while.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!! GOOD LUCK, Brother, GOOOOOOOD LUCK!!....................

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    Great looking Sav, no question. I think you'll really enjoy it for many years.

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  22. josephcross

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    That is a nice pipe, that stem has got me sold. I know what Im buying next.....

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