Stanwell Brazilia from right
According to Jesper the Brazilians are quite rare, i.e. Stanwell
makes relatively few of them. He also wrote that he chose this
very pipe in an exhibition to sell through FF-Piber via the WWW.
My first impression is very good, although I prefer a virgin
tobacco chamber better than a precarbonized like in this pipe.
A pipe feels more like one's own when one has begun puffing it
from the scratch without any precarbonizations whatsoever!
Today I can say that the Brazilia is broken in and it proves Stanwell
must be among the best factory made pipes together with Savinelli.
The smokes are now smooth and mellow but excellently able to bring
forth the best quality of a Va. blend. I have smoked only Virginia and
Va. - Perique blends in it. As a pipe for Escudo this pipe seems to
Stanwell "Bamboo" Billiard
After the experiences with the Brazilia I bought another Stanwell,
where else than FF-Piber and Jesper! This is a straight SB billiard
with a bamboo shank. This is my first bamboo pipe and if you ask me,
it is looks great! It is very light-weighted relative to its size
(Dunhill group 5). I am expecting great puffs from it. I'll tell
later how I'll find it, but at least the smoke channel is just as
it is supposed to be; not too narrow, the pipe doesn't whistle.
Stanwell Bamboo from left
Nice ring grained blast
Two old Royal Danish, i.e. seconds from Stanwell:
I have chosen the following two pipes to represent my older Royal
Danish category. They are very good pipes, although they did not
cost much at the time I purchased them in the 60ies.
This "Royal Danish" by "Stanwell" is called "military" based on
its shaft. The stem penetrates inside of the shank without a shoulder.
The shank also happens to be ferruled. This way the stem can be removed
from the shank even in the midst of smoking (e.g. while in battle) and put
in the pocket without the fear of breaking while crawling or riding a horse.
I have two identical Royal Danish Rhodesians like this one. A good shape!
Le Nuvole, light like a cloud
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