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A Guide to the Posella Grading System ©


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All the Posella pipes are stamped:
"POSELLA" - "FATTA A MANO" (Made by Hand).



Posella Logo on Mouthpiece


Posella Pipe Sleeve


Posella Pipe Box

Not only is the Posella family business based in Calabria, the land of the best Italian briar, but the family has also been known for decades to be one of the most experienced suppliers of Calabrian briar. For this reason, all Posella pipes, with no exception, are made out of the best briar available in Calabria today, and considering the high quality of Calabrian briar, it is only logical to conclude that the Posella pipes are made out of the best briar in the whole wide world. In addition, most of the pipes produced today are made of briar that has been seasoning for at least 10+ years.

Sometimes a pipe is so unique and special that the existing grading system cannot do it justice. In this case, and particularly when it comes to the grades "F" and "Fancy", Vitaliano may add the word "ViP" in addition to the usual grade. The word "ViP" stands for "Vitaliano Posella" and not "Very Important Person").

The Posella grading system consists of 18 different grades, as illustrated below.
Click on the grade to view its specific details.
R1 RN1 SR1 L1 F1 Fancy 1
R2 RN2 SR2 L2 F2 Fancy 2
R3 RN3 SR3 L3 F3 Fancy 3

Please note that the below photos are meant to be only illustrative.





 
  Order:   1
  Grade:  R1
  Finish:  Rusticated
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  Order:   2
  Grade:  R2
  Finish:  Rusticated
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  Order:   3
  Grade:  R3
  Finish:  Rusticated
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  Order:   4
  Grade:  RN1
  Finish:  Rusticated, Natural (tan)
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  Order:   5
  Grade:  R2N
  Finish:  Rusticated, Natural (tan)
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  Order:   6
  Grade:  RN3
  Finish:  Rusticated, Natural (tan)
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  Order:   7
  Grade:  SR1
  Finish:  Partially Rusticated
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  Grade:  SR2
  Finish:  Partially Rusticated
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  Order:   9
  Grade:  SR3 *
  Finish:  Partially Rusticated
  * In this grade, rustication is minimal. In the case of this sample pipe, the rustication is on the other side.
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  Order:   10
  Grade:  L1
  Finish:  Smooth
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  Order:   11
  Grade:  L2
  Finish:  Smooth
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  Order:   12
  Grade:  L3
  Finish:  Smooth
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  Order:   13
  Grade:  
  Finish:  Smooth
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  Order:   14
  Grade:  
  Finish:  Smooth
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  Order:   15
  Grade:  
  Finish:  Smooth
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  Order:   16
  Grade:  F1 (Fiammata)
  Finish:  Smooth (S. Grain)
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  Order:   17
  Grade:  F2 (Fiammata)
  Finish:  Smooth (S. Grain)
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  Order:   18
  Grade:  F3-ViP (Fiammata)
  Finish:  Smooth (S. Grain)
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  Order:   19
  Grade:  Fancy 1 *
  Finish:  Smooth
  * This is normally a unique and a difficult shape to execute.
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  Order:   20
  Grade:  Fancy 2 *
  Finish:  Smooth
  * This is normally a unique and a difficult shape to execute.
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  Order:   21
  Grade:  Fancy 3 - ViP *
  Finish:  Smooth
  * This is normally a unique and a difficult shape to execute.
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