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sparrowhawk

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Anyone out there with experience with the Author style pipe? It's origins and unusual name? I keep running into them on sites and find them strangely attractive, but I dislike purchasing pipes that I put up for sale a week later. Why is the pipe shaped like a Prince on steroids? (I bet there's no heating problem with this fellow.) What are your thoughts in general. I'm actually reaching the point where I want to get one. Here is is, a basic one from Savinellii:



Tell me what you think. Seems to be a popular style, though I haven't seen anyone actually smoking one.

 

hakchuma

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I have two savinelli authors. Nice big bowl. They smoke great but don't expect to clench them very easily.

 

markthelad

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I have a Savinelli Trevi and it smokes great, I love it. It's not really good for clenching IMO, due to the thickly tapered stem, but I'm not usually a clencher either.

 

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sparrowhawk

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OK, then! Especially you, Nate. I guess I will get that Author after all, even though I was wondering about clenching--not a big issue, since I often read and write while smoking a churchwarden.

Speaking of churchwardens (I should do a shout-out tor Peterson later in a separate post), when I accedentally ruined a gorgeous gray finish on a new one, Peterson graciously volunteered to refinish the stummel. The Gray finish is truly one of the best finishing jobs I've ever seen in any pipe, and I managed to ruin it by accidently spilling some acrylic medium on it--the finish resisted everything I could throw at it to remove the acrylic droplets, including a special acrylic solvent, which demonstrates how sturdy the Peterson finishes are--no shedding like some well known brands I could mention.

 

buckaroo

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I actually clench mine and I'm not at clencher, so it is possible. Mine are older punto estates though with vulcanite, but I think I clenched my Tundra 320 too when I had that years ago. Plus, the pipes are stubby so that helps. Greatly tapered stems seem to be my thing for clenching.

 

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I have a Ryan Alden author that's a beautiful blast, and I love the feel, shape and smoking characteristics. I can clench it, but seldom do.

 

jiminks

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I have two KS 320s and mine are clenchers. I recommend the Gauis line and if you want to go cheap, the unfinished Savinelli line. They smoke very well.

 

newbroom

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My LHS #266 is an Author variation. The bowl and shank nice and thick, the continued bend offsetting the weight in your maw sufficiently to facilitate lighting and moderate clenching. Smokes like a champ every time.

My Kaywoodie Drinkless #13B is a smaller 'cousin'. I tend to bypass most of my Kaywoodie pipes.

Funny how you can develop prejudice toward a brand because of one or two experiences.

 

mso489

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That Sav author is popular and gets quite a bit of praise on Forums. It is heavy, hence the question about clenching. Other authors with equal size bowls are not so heavy. I have a Luciano smooth author and a Peterson rusticated author, both fairly large-bowled but not as heavy as the Sav that I prefer. I have a number of Savs, but not the author, for just that reason.

 

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I have a pair of Rossi 8320 Authors, one smooth and one rusticated. I did manage to blister the finish on the smooth one by smoking too quickly in a high wind - looks like the bottom of the chamber forms a line of thin briar, as the blisters follow the curve of the pipe as if some sort of reverse lathe had lined them up... Ah well - lesson learned. And at the price I paid, a future restoration/refinishing project is not a bad thing to have around the house.
As noted, they clench surprisingly well, which is probably why I didn't notice the pipe overheating. :oops:
I've got sizable hands (for those of you who play piano, I can hit an octave + a third easily, a fourth if I stretch), and the 320 shape is very comfortable in the hand as well as the jaw. I didn't initially like the look of rustication when I took up the pipe, but it's grown on me with this model. Very interesting texture when holding the pipe.
Highly recommended. Will be purchasing more of these in the future.

 
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