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Dunhill seconds? Wrong! Think more Dunhill failings!
Dunhill pipes are highly regarded as being the epitome of the pipe smoking world. There is no better pipe than a Dunhill. The Mediterraneans finest Briar is reserved for Dunhill and no expense is spared in scouring the markets to source the best briar. Briar is a natural product and it is only when the root is carved or finished after a long period of seasoning that the grain pattern is revealed. If the grain pattern doesn’t quite match up to the very strict standards to warrant the Dunhill stamp it simply doesn’t get stamped.
So what do they do with this very high quality briar that could make an exceptional pipe but doesn’t quite warrant the Dunhill stamp? They sell it for very expensive kindling right? Erm no!
In 1922 Dunhill opened a parent brand where Dunhills craftsmen finish the pipes to a near Dunhill standard and mark it as a Parker instead. So if you want a exceptional smoking pipe that is cosmetic perfection you buy a Dunhill. If you want an exceptional smoke and can live with near perfect aesthetics with a substantially reduced price tag you buy a Parker!
The Parker Bruyere is the best of the Dunhill failings. The light, warm yellow stain isn’t deep enough to hide any marks in the grain so the bowl must not have any visible flaws or disruptions and the pattern in the grain needs to be a good grade. So this is as close to Dunhills standards as you can get without entering the £200 market!
Parker Bruyere 45
The Parker Bruyere 45 is a slight variation on a traditional bent Billiard. The 45 has a slight taper at the lip and base of the bowl to make it more comfortable in the hand, while maintaining a fairly even bowl thickness to prevent overheating in in the most generous of fills. The full bent stem helps keep moisture in the base of the bowl and build condensation, which filters the smoke and keeps it cool.
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