If you haven’t seen a Brigham Pipe before, you will soon. Their new U.S.A. launch is just around the corner. Many people know and cherish Brigham Pipes as they’ve been around for over 100 years. However, they have been difficult to find at U.S. retailers.
Brigham’s past availability in the U.S. market has been spotty for years; creating shortages, higher prices, and frustrated consumers.
By the Spring of this year, those problems will be solved. It will be much easier for U.S. customers to obtain a Brigham Pipe, and to obtain it at an affordable price.
Brigham’s U.S.A. Headquarters has just opened in the heart of America’s pipe tobacco capital in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Heading up the operation is 15-year industry veteran Brian Levine.
Mr. Levine is well-known both within the industry and by consumers alike. His friendly, witty personality, along with his encyclopedic knowledge of pipes and tobaccos has established him as an industry expert. He is well-liked and respected by many in the business.
His résumé includes working for Alfred Dunhill, Hollco-Rohr, IPCPR, Villiger-Stokkebye International, and most recently he was the General Manager of SmokingPipes.com.
A national sales force has just been established, and the first shipments of Brigham Pipes are in transit from Canada. The entire product line will be warehoused and shipped to retailers from the new U.S.A. headquarters. A substantial inventory will be maintained to allow for fast shipments to retailers without the hassle of having to go through Customs. All of the pipes will go through a secondary QC inspection here in the United States to make sure no problems have occurred while in transit from the factory.
Brigham Pipes are unique with their own special cooling system. They are also beautifully designed, of high quality and moderately priced, making them desirable and affordable by most pipe smokers.
The Brigham system consists of a Maple dowel, which is hollowed out to be a tube inserted into the pipe. It doubles as a cooling filter, and the Tenon of the pipe. This design allows for a continuous airflow from the draft hole to the lip.
The diameter is precisely maintained, and there are only miniscule tolerances inside the mortise because of the maple tube. The Rock Maple filter draws out the moisture and cools the smoke.
Brian Levine states; “By the time the smoke travels through the stem to the smoker’s mouth, it is transformed into a cool, softened flavor. The issue of the gap between the tenon and mortise is completely negated by our continuous flow system. No gap means no gurgle, and a cooler and more consistent smoke. The draft hole is 3.5 millimeters, and it narrows slightly at the button. It is rare to find a pipe at this price with those specifications.”
“With the Brigham system, the smoker can use a pipe cleaner anytime they want. It’s the easiest pipe to get a pipe cleaner through. Other pipes with filters, balsa systems, and other “system pipes” make it difficult to get a pipe cleaner through. Our hollow filter which maintains the same diameter throughout enables a pipe cleaner to easily slide right through.”
“The Rock Maple filter also helps keep the shank and stem clean, so we have the easiest pipe to clean.”
Each pipe comes with one filter, and replacement boxes of 8 filters can be purchased separately. The price range of most Brigham pipes is very reasonable at $60 – $110. There will be some special edition pipes that will go up to $180.
Below are three different finishes on the #84 shape. There are about a dozen different shapes and seven different finishes available which can be seen on the Brigham Pipes Website. [Note: The website is in the process of being re-designed and updated. The old site is up as of this writing, but still has much good information.]
Mr. Levine suggests that the Brigham pipes are a great pipe to taste test different tobacco blends. They are also a pipe you can smoke all day without it getting wet inside. “It’s a good starter pipe for people that might not know how to pack a bowl yet as it cuts down on tongue bite dramatically.”
In addition to Brigham Pipes, there will also be accessories, gifts and cigars. Later in the year, the Brigham Pipe Tobaccos will also become available.(The tobaccos are last on the list because of the myriad U.S. regulations concerning the distribution and taxation of tobacco.)
Retailers interested in stocking Brigham Pipes can contact:
40 Odell School Rd #19
Concord, NC 28027
Customer Service: 800-668-0628
Brigham Pipes will be on display at the following pipe shows this year: Raleigh, Chicago, Kansas City, Columbus, Richmond, and Las Vegas.
Company website: http://brighampipes.com/