I'm a Sucker For Rusticated Pipes!

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I recently became a fan of rusticated pipes when I purchased a Castello Sea Rock. I liked it so much that I bought two more. I also have a few Savinelli that were also added recently.
I really like the feel of the rustication in hand.
There's just something about them, isn't it? 8-)
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I like rusticated pipes. They have more character in my opinion. Not only that, they require a little less attention. You dont need to wax and polish them. Smooth pipes are pretty, but you’ve got to maintain the glossy finish or else they look dirty.
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My new favorite pipe is a rusty Rattrays Brownie, surprisingly flawless for a $40 pipe. Smokes like a dream. Zee Germans know how to make a pipe.
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Longshanks wrote: Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:39 pm That's a good looking root there.

You know when I first started reading about pipe craftsmanship, smooth was the ultimate goal and that high end smooth finish was mandatory for the "premium" and "perfect" stummels. And I get it. But then I read how the 'flawed' stummels were rusticated to hide the ugly, unsightly pits and crags. It kind of made me think rusticated pipes were "less than good'' pipes, just junkers hiding pits and potential burnouts. So, I was embarrassed for awhile at how much I liked rusticated pipes.

Not embarrassed anymore. I've seen too many great smokers that are beautifully and artfully rusticated, and I haven't experienced a single burnout in mine.
My father was convinced that smooth finishes were the way, and rusticated finishes were for pipes they were too lazy to throw in the fire.

I adhered to this school of thought myself for a long time, but as you can see from WAYS, I have come around.
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Hitzy wrote: Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:55 pm My new favorite pipe is a rusty Rattrays Brownie, surprisingly flawless for a $40 pipe. Smokes like a dream. Zee Germans know how to make a pipe.
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I believe that pipe is sandblasted rather than rusticated. And it's probable it was made in France (St - Claude) or Italy. What I mean by 'or' is the French make some of the Rattray's and the Italians, some. ;)

https://pipedia.org/wiki/Rattray%27s

This being said, it does look really good, mate. :D
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Lord Guyrox wrote: Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:21 am
Hitzy wrote: Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:55 pm My new favorite pipe is a rusty Rattrays Brownie, surprisingly flawless for a $40 pipe. Smokes like a dream. Zee Germans know how to make a pipe.
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I believe that pipe is sandblasted rather than rusticated. And it's probable it was made in France (St - Claude) or Italy. What I mean by 'or' is the French make some of the Rattray's and the Italians, some. ;)

https://pipedia.org/wiki/Rattray%27s

This being said, it does look really good, mate. :D
I was going by Tobbaco Pipes listing here, says made in Germany.
https://www.tobaccopipes.com/rattrays-b ... sandblast/
Also said made in Germany on the box. They do seem to have them made all over Europe however.
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I'm a fan of nicely grained smooths, but I do like a nice sandblast. Here's a pic of the first sandblast that I made for a good customer at his request for a blast version of a pipe a make a number of. Turns out I like so much I'm going to make another for myself.

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Let’s not forget the Italian penchant for a carved rustication.ImageImage
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Hitzy wrote: Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:09 pm
Lord Guyrox wrote: Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:21 am
Hitzy wrote: Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:55 pm My new favorite pipe is a rusty Rattrays Brownie, surprisingly flawless for a $40 pipe. Smokes like a dream. Zee Germans know how to make a pipe.
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I believe that pipe is sandblasted rather than rusticated. And it's probable it was made in France (St - Claude) or Italy. What I mean by 'or' is the French make some of the Rattray's and the Italians, some. ;)

https://pipedia.org/wiki/Rattray%27s

This being said, it does look really good, mate. :D
I was going by Tobbaco Pipes listing here, says made in Germany.
https://www.tobaccopipes.com/rattrays-b ... sandblast/
Also said made in Germany on the box. They do seem to have them made all over Europe however.
I understand.
As Rattray pipes are now owned by Kohlhose, Kopp & Co and as Oliver Kopp designs the shapes, that could very well explain the "Made in Germany". It's like the Stanwell pipes made in Italy since 2010 or 2011: the stamping now reads 'Danish Design' instead of 'Made in Denmark' rather than 'Made in Italy'. ;)
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Lord Guyrox wrote: Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:58 am
Hitzy wrote: Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:09 pm
Lord Guyrox wrote: Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:21 am

I believe that pipe is sandblasted rather than rusticated. And it's probable it was made in France (St - Claude) or Italy. What I mean by 'or' is the French make some of the Rattray's and the Italians, some. ;)

https://pipedia.org/wiki/Rattray%27s

This being said, it does look really good, mate. :D
I was going by Tobbaco Pipes listing here, says made in Germany.
https://www.tobaccopipes.com/rattrays-b ... sandblast/
Also said made in Germany on the box. They do seem to have them made all over Europe however.
I understand.
As Rattray pipes are now owned by Kohlhose, Kopp & Co and as Oliver Kopp designs the shapes, that could very well explain the "Made in Germany". It's like the Stanwell pipes made in Italy since 2010 or 2011: the stamping now reads 'Danish Design' instead of 'Made in Denmark' rather than 'Made in Italy'. ;)
It does resemble some Molina pipes, so you are probably correct. It was a bit different from my other Italian pipes as the bowl was the smoothest I've ever seen, like it has been honed and polished it was so smooth, not a mark in it.
Guess I'll be on the hunt for a Vauen as I was after a German pipe for heritage reasons.
Any excuse for a new pipe works for me ;)
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