Peterson or Savinelli?

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Spa32

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I recommend Savinelli with no hesitation. All of my 34 briar pipes are Savinelli. I own pipes from their Series 3 to their Autograph lines. I was fortunate to have visited the factory in Barasso in April of this year. It was an amazing experience to see their operation and to hear all the details.
 

kurtbob

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Idk if anyone else has found this to be true but I have also found a difference between the briar quality of the savs and Pete’s ($120.00 on down). Not in appearance or grain though the savs and Rossi’s may have more fills etc. the Pete’s are denser, heavier and the bowls tend to get hotter. Not unmanageable but a difference none the less.
 

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Savinelli. I see you are looking to buy off ebay so presumably a used (err, I mean "estate") pipe. Sometimes great deals can be found. Not long ago I got a nearly unsmoked Savinelli Punto Oro, with box and sock and with two stems (one acrylic one vulcanite) for 11 bucks. I like my other Savenilli pipes too.
One Peterson I had was a real clunker. I tossed it into the sea in the hope that it will make a better hermit crab home than it did a pipe. Some people love Peterson, even after they buy one with a problem. Among the reported problems are drilling issues , staining problems (inside the bowl sometimes), and whistling noises. You can find lots of discussion about this on here.
 
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kurtbob

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@kurtbob , I have been observing the same as you, except that my Petersons(have had them quite a lot over the years) did not get any hotter than any of my Savinellis rather opposite, but definitely the briar in Petersons seem to be denser&heavier
You are correct sir, to be more specific once you induce the heat into the briar of the bowl it just takes longer to dissipate due to the density. I didn’t word that correctly the first time!
 
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shep

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Good to know. Thanks. Personally, I wouldn't buy one from that line as I prefer filters, but many are the opposite and will go for unfiltered pipes.


I have several of both pipes and only have had 3 pipes that had drilling issues and they were Savinellis. I must have gotten them all. My pipe shop made good on them so no harm done. I have an equal number of Savs and Petersons and love them both.
 
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laniromee

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Not the biggest fan of either, but given the choice I would go with Savinelli. But if I could I'd rather invest that money on a Stanwell or Briarworks pipe.
 
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