My Second Savinelli Oscar 616KS
Which might not make sense to some. Why have two of the same model? Well, firstly, it isn’t quite the same as the other one. And secondly, it doesn’t look exactly like it either. Thirdly, I got it cheap from a guy who didn’t want it. A long story.
I picked it up at the Danish Championships in slow pipe smoking last year. Someone was lucky enough to win it on one of the spot prizes and didn’t really want the pipe because it was too big for his tastes. I love King Size.. so when he heard that I might buy it, he came straight to me. I did indeed buy it. At about half price. He was happy with the cash and I was happy with the brand new 616.
This one isn’t a “Dry” system, as the other is marked. This is an Oscar Aries. It is still a 616 KS though and has that lovely multi-gray and white stem, in contrast to the plain black stem on the dry.
The engineering is identical in both pipes and this one does have the same well at the bottom of the airway in the shank which makes for the Savinelli system, much like the Peterson system. It probably would not be unfair then, to call this a system pipe too, although purists may disagree.
Not much grain to speak of on this particular pipe and, in that respect, it isn’t among the best lookers that I do own but the form of the pipe suits my big hand and thick fingers and it is pleasant to my eye. It sits comfortably between my teeth too, probably because of the bend compensating for the weight of the bowl. Strangely, Savinelli doesn’t deliver these pipes with a high polish. Both have a half-matt appearance and no amount of polishing on my part has changed that.
All in all, I like this pipe. In fact, both of the Savinellis have a place in the rotation and frequently accompany me on various trips around town. With an easy draw and big enough to hold tobacco for a whole morning, allowing for many relights along the way or for sitting and relaxing for ages in my armchair, this pipe fulfills many functions in my day.
Dimensions are uncannily similar to the Dry System. Markings are slightly different:
“Oscar Aries”, “616KS” over “Italy” beside the Savinelli logo.
“Savinelli product” under the shank.