Italian Estates: Ardor Mercurio Fantasy Bent Egg (DR) (2016) (Unsmoked)
Product Number: 004-155-0252
Ardor pipes dates back to 1911 when four Rovera brothers began making briar pipes in Varese, Italy, with the majority of those older pipes being machine made. More lately, Dorelio Rovera and his son Damiano, continuing the family business, have focused on hand-made products while still borrowing influences from the past.
Though they occasionally turn out some smaller numbers, most Ardor pipes are quite substantial, making them a name well know to smokers of large, hand-filling pipes. Ardor pipes are completely handmade with bowls turned from extra quality briar from Sardinia, Calabria and Ligurian that is aged for an additional ten years. Finishes include rusticated, rusticated in a ring blast pattern and later blasted, sandblasted, aggressively carved, and smooth. Working exclusively with acrylic rods for stems that are fitted with a delrin tenon, or silver spigot mount, their stems can range in color from black to pink and every hue in between.
The unique creative vision of the Roveras combined with minute attention to detail, yield a pipe that has become renowned for both its beauty and superb smoking qualities.