Brands

  • ASHTON

    ASHTON

    William "Ashton" Taylor worked twenty-five years for Dunhill where he began his pipe traineeship at the age of fifteen. In 1983 he had the courage to start his own business and since then his pipes have found admirers all over the world. Billy, as friends call him, has maintained the classic style he had learned at Dunhill. At first it did not have any stock of briar already seasoned and well dried. Therefore he had to find another solution to eliminate the tannin from the 'young' wood. To this end the heads of his pipes are now hardened in the boiling oil which gives them an excellent yield and avoids the appearance of the bitter taste, typical of briar cool.
    
    Alongside numerous personalized creations, the invention of the mouthpiece material should be mentioned. Billy solved the known "rubber or acrylic?" producing a compound made up of the two materials, which he called asthonite, which he patented. The mouthpieces of asthonite are not quite as soft as rubber, which is comfortable to hold between the teeth, but they are in any case much more pleasant than those of acrylic that are hard. On the other hand, they do not change color and retain their bright black color. In his small factory, near the Oldchurch Rise in London, he produces, together with three collaborators, around 3,500 handmade pipes per year and produces five different series: the smooth "Sovereign", the "Pebble Grain" in red and black sandblasted twice , the rustic "Pebble Shell", the "Oldchurch" also sandblasted, but of natural color and the very rare "Straight Grain". In addition to the "Giant" (intended mainly for the American market) and classic specimens. Since 1998 Billy has also produced some freer forms which he defines as "romantic and idyllic".

  • CASTELLO

    CASTELLO

    Carlo Scotti created Pipa Castello in 1947 and has been synonymous with quality and craftsmanship ever since. The work of the founder is now carried out by Franco Coppo. Castello pipes: Castello, Collection, Sea Rock, Old Antiquari, Trademark, Great Line have always been an absolute reference in quality.

  • CHARATAN

    CHARATAN

    Historic english brand founded by Frederich Charata, russiam jewish immigrand. First laboratory and shop was opened in Mansell Street- London.After him the company passed to his son Reuber, when he died the company was taken by Lane Ltd New York. In 1976 the company was bought by Dunhill and till today it is part of this company.

  • DANISH PIPES

    DANISH PIPES

    The Dansih school in Pipemaking started by W.O.Larsen, Sixteen Ivarsson, S.Bang, Paul Ilsted go on now with creative artisans like Tom Eltang, Kurt Ballaby, Former, Paul Winslow, Anne Julie and some young talented guys.

  • DUNHILL

    DUNHILL

    Alfred Dunhill, the founder, starts his activity in his small shop in Duke Street London in 1910, after some years he has become a good mixture blender of Tobacco. At the beginning he worked with bowl head half done coming from France but later in 1920 he started an own complete production in London. From that year till now we can talk of successfull history. This has lead Dunhill to become the most famous and appreciate brand for classic pipes of british tasted. It is now also the most famous pipe brand in the world.

  • SANTAMBROGIO

    SANTAMBROGIO

    Stefano  Santambrogio, the founder starts in 1912 his work in Groppello Gavirate on Varese Lake, after him the industry was taken by his sons: Armando and Renzo till 1981; when the chief become Stefano Santabrogio, the son of Renzo.

  • SAVINELLI

    SAVINELLI

    The Savinelli story begins in 1876 when Achille Savinelli Sr. opens in the center of Milan one of the first shops in the world that exclusively sells articles for smokers, in Via Orefici at n. 2 on the corner with Piazza Duomo, the heart of Milan. Achille Junior was born in 1918 and in 1948 he opened the manufacture in Molina di Barasso (VA). Today the company is in the hands of Giancarlo Savinelli the son of Achille who carries on the family tradition
  • TOM SPANU

    TOM SPANU

    Tom Spanu pipes are done by Tommaso Spanu and his son Massimiliano Spanu, they have a small top quality production in Sassari in the north of Sardinia. His pipes are very famous in the world for quality.

  • VOLKAN

    VOLKAN

    Volkan Pipes are handmade by Alberto Paronelli. His granfather Alberto Paronelli was the founder of Pipe Museum in Gavirate  Italy. Alberto, with his brother Ariberto, represents the third Paronelli generation in Pipe's World. He started his activity in his laboratory in Gavirate in 2008. From that year he makes pipe with classic taste revisited and freehand pipes. He works exclusively with top italian briar with a seasoning from 5 years on. His pipes are characterized by research in innovative shapes and insert of special ornaments like horn and genuine amber.