I’ve been keeping quiet about this one until I was finished with the initial break in period. I can’t keep quiet about it any longer! I picked it up at the pipe show in Lisbon and was immediately about four hundred dollars poorer than when I came in. Price was no object here and, as we all know, resistance is absolutely futile! I fell in love with this lovely Ser Jacopo on contact with it. The silverwork is superb, the grain is beautiful and it just fitted so comfortably into my big old hand that putting it down again would have been sacrilege.
It smokes like a dream come true. The airway is nicely open and I don’t have to work hard to get smoke from the bowl to my palate. The stem is broad and easy to hold in my teeth and meets the shank at the now familiar faux spigot, which is really a disguised tenon. (Much the same as my Mastro De Paja full bent.) Maybe this is an Italian trend. I don’t know, but I call it clever camouflage. This “spigot” won’t fall apart through vibration.
Markings are all clear and distinct. The large silver ring is marked “Ser Jacopo” on a small plaque under the shank. The shank is marked with all the makers stamps that one would expect.
”Ser Jacopo” in italics over “Fatta a mano in Italia”, the line name “Delecta”, and model number “L1” in a circle. On the starboard side of the shank is the motto, “Per Aspera ad Astra”. The stem is decorated with the Jacopo “J” silver inlay.
Length: 145 mm.
Bowl: 45 mm at the broadest point and 55 mm in height.
Chamber: Ø21,5 mm and 46 mm deep.
The stem is 18 mm wide at the button. The button is 6 mm high.
I realise that Ser Jacopo creates other lines and other models, but I can’t own them all. For now though, I’ll make do with this one and be more than happy to smoke it whenever I wish.
That’s one pleasure I can always look forward to now!