Launched in 1981, it had taken several years of research into the negative points of existing system pipes, in order to improve on them. Perseverance paid off - by combining trap and filter, and enlarging the smoke hole, Savinelli achieved the "Dry System", which in our opinion is the best answer to "Wet Smoking" so far developed.
Especially for new pipesmokers, the Savinelli Dry System pipe incorporates everything needed to provide a cool, dry smoke.
name "Dry" comes from the introduction of the Balsa "filter" into the traditional
system pipe - the "System" being the presence of the
built-in moisture trap in the shank, linked with the "smokehole on the
top" mouthpiece. The balsa mops up the moisture in the smoke hence the
term "Dry" system, and if the pipe is smoked without the balsa all that
will happen is that this moisture will condense and collect in the trap. It
can then either be mopped up with a folded pipecleaner, or flicked out.
Just be careful where you flick it!
Put this all together and you can see why we say these are technically
our best designed pipes. But the technical qualities are not all these
pipes have to offer. Extra bonuses are the feel, the finishes and the balance.
1. The large smokehole on the top of the mouthpiece allows the smoke to
leave in an even spread, and not directly onto
the tongue; its size makes it easy to . clean and spreads the flavour in the mouth.
Its position makes it difficult for juices to enter the stem from the mouth.
2. The Bent stem ensures that the pipe is very light on the teeth;
3. The use of the optional balsa insert mops up any excess moisture without changing the taste;
4. The firm-fitting peg mouthpiece won't twist off in the pocket;
5. The metal band prevents the shank from swelling and cracking if there
is too much moisture in the trap, (for example,
if the balsa is not used);
6. It has a built-in moisture trap.
The result: A cool, dry smoke, enhancing
the flavour of the tobacco
. . . . . . . . . . - the "dry system"
eliminates the problem of "wet smoking".
The grain of these superior quality pipes is best appreciated in the smooth polished chestnut finish.
Only the smallest surface flaws are tolerated.
Kingsize shape 2614KS (illustrated left)
Regular size shape 3613
or look at the shape chart
“The “OLD” Dry Systems have arrived**
They are Savinelli Premier quality, with briar more than 20 years older than the current pipes.
All landed to sell for just above Standard prices – more than 25% lower than Premier prices.
They have cleaned up so well – difficult to remember them as we first saw them.
We have 6 different shapes / finishes: 4 smooth, and 2 brown rustic.
The classic bent billiard, both smooth:
And the popular 320 shape in brown rustic
54-SavSysOld 2320Sb R1950.00
Bowl width x depth 21x34mm
And this batch includes 3 different Oom Paul sizes.
**Towards the conclusion of a previous meeting at Savinelli Pipes, a person from their storeroom is invited in. She arrives in her neat dustcoat, carrying a sizeable box.
The team leader beckons to her to take the pipes out of box and put them on the table
As she lays them out we are astonished to see that they are all Dry System pipes.
These pipes, the team leader tells us, are a sampling of shapes and finishes they no longer use for Dry system pipes.
“If we clean and polish them up would you be interested to buy them?”
My wife and I look at them in amazement. We visualise the difference.
These are high grade pipes, possibly too high a grade to be part of the current ranges of Dry System pipes.
Smooth finish, but also intricate brown rustic following the grain.
It appears that the pipes had been uncovered in a general “spring cleaning” and they had thought of us as a prospective buyer.The asking price is better than we could have hoped for, and the quantity would not give us financial indigestion.
A quality specially produced for South Africa in three finishes.
Colours may vary from those pictured
Smooth, autumn-gold finish with minimum staining and buffing.
Revealing, not concealing - and it’s good!
54-SavChKS (2622ChK) R1795.00
54-SavChReg (3613Ch) R1595.00
Lightweight rugged finish that won't show dirt,
cuts and abrasions.
54-SavStdEx (1616ZX) R1995.00
54-SavStdKS (2614ZK) R1795.00
54-SavStdReg (3613Z) R1595.00
Silky smooth in the hand, pleasing on the eye
Hard-wearing, and with a soft glow
54-SavMattEx (1616 satin, 1616 matt)
54-SavMattKS (2614 satin, 2614 matt, 2622 satin, 2622 matt) R1795.00
54-SavMattReg (3621 satin, 3621 matt) R1595.00
you selected your shape?
Watchpoint: Smoking the pipe too fast will make the bowl
very hot and may affect the surface.
In that case, return it to us for re-polishing
The largest shapes are 1616 &1641, truly giant pipes
for a long smoke
For a good classic, sit-back-and-relax smoke,
one of the two Kingsize shapes may be best. Regular shapes 3613 & 3621 are ideal for the new pipesmoker or for a short
smoke for anybody.
Not all the shapes are available in all finishes
Colours may vary from those pictured
(Select Shape - see chart)
Savinelli Dry System shapes in “Stand-alone” format are unavailable at present
a new Pipesmoker?
Check your choice. Read "The Complete Pipesmoker" - all you need to know "In a Nutshell".
Refund Policy (Website customers - you’ll like this!)
Because we always guarantee our products – anything that isn’t completely to your satisfaction can be returned (in original condition and packaging) for a full refund.
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