- Kevin Godbee
- May 28, 2013
- 1 min read
Arango Cigar Co. is now shipping new Wessex pipes along with Wessex classic pipe tobaccos, and featuring them in their pavilions at this year’s IPCPR trade show.
The new Wessex Bristol pipe line takes center stage, finished in smooth ($77 MSRP) and in either black sandblast ($63). Bristol comes in apple, billiard and Dublin shapes, all with black Lucite stems. Each bit has a metal band that inserts into a mating metal band on the shank.
Arango is also unveiling new models of the existing Wessex Standard and Brigade pipe lines. The best-value Standard, starting at $39, comes in smooth or black sandblast. Both finishes are offered in tapered or saddle, black Vulcanite mouthpiece.
Brigade is the premier line from Wessex, at $112. Brigade’s three shapes, all in brown sandblast, are distinguished by a black Lucite military bit, inserted into the sterling silver-mounted briar shank.
Wessex pipes are hand-crafted by the world-renowned Lorenzetti factory, founded in 1934 by master pipe carver, Otello Lorenzetti. The factory remains headquartered in the family’s original house, in Macerata, Italy. Only the finest Italian briar is used or all Wessex pipes.
Arango is also featuring a broad selection of Wessex fine pipe tobaccos, recognized for their traditional Virginia, Burley and Oriental tobaccos, plus Classic English and aromatic mixtures. Most of the tobaccos are packed in 50-gram, 100-gram and 7-ounce tins. They are reasonably priced, from $13 to $24 MSRP per tin. All Wessex pipes and tobaccos are available at tobacconists nationwide at press time.
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Thanks for the article, Kevin.
Good to see Wessex releasing new lines of pipes. I had a Wessex years ago, a fine smoking, reasonably priced half bent with a cumberland vulcanite stem — a good smoker of exceptional value. Sadly, I lost it somewhere near Vilsek, Germany. I’ve also smoked many of the Wessex pipe tobaccos and enjoy them all.
Thanks for the nicely illustrated promotional piece, Kevin. So often, newcomers on the PM forums ask for suggestions on pipes for beginners. It’s good to see Wessex offering quality pipes that won’t break the bank. Now, I see I have some catching-up to do in my tobacco sampling quest. 😉