Savinelli Oscar 616 KS Dry System
I think you’ll agree, that’s one heck of a nomenclature! Nearly as big as the pipe I am now holding in my hand. I got this one, again, by being a bit stealthy on Ebay. It is my third Savinelli. I have a baby billiard and a very old, beaten up champagne full bent that I rescued from a cellar somewhere and use for yard purposes. Neither of those two compare with this monster. It is a lovely pipe.
I do have one issue with it, although it might be more correct to say, I have an issue with Savinelli. This is a dry system pipe. As with a Peterson system pipe, it has a well bored in the base of the airway to collect evaporated water, gunk or whatever. So I wonder, why on earth is it bored for a filter? Could it be that the system doesn’t work? Or is it simply that Savinelli set their sights firmly on the filter fixated German market with this one?
Either way, I dispensed with the filter, I never use them, and will eventually buy a 9 mm plug to fill the filter cavity. Without the offending cardboard insert, I must say that the big Savinelli smokes extremely well. I filled the big bowl with Rattray’s Black Mallory and puffed away for over an hour over a scotch and some interesting reading matter. The pipe smoked out and returned a fine heap of grey ash. Beautiful.
The bowl displays a little straight grain on the port side fading to flamegrain on the starboard. The base of the bowl has some lovely birds eye. The stem is beautifully finished and is decorated with the yellow metal ring. A big pipe, this one is not for clenching and walking around with. It needs to be lovingly smoked while relaxing in a solid armchair. And don’t worry, it will be!
Price? Well, I got this one for €17.00, about $30.00 by today’s rates. Which is really a bit like stealing. It is worth a whole lot more than I paid. Lucky me.
Starboard on the shank; “Oscar” over “Dry”. Port on the shank; Savinelli’s logo, “616KS” over “Italy”. Underside Shank; “Savinelli Product”. I can make out a faint five pointed star shape on the stem on the port side.
Length: about 150 mm from bowl front to button.Bowl diameter: 44 mm
Chamber: Ø21 mm x 45 mm deep
Bowl height: 53 mm
Button: 18 mm broad x 6 mm high