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Important Note:   Some of the pipes on this page carry the unique stamp: "50/2". This marking was carried out on all the pipes produced in the year 2002. Bruto celebrates his 50th birthday,and hence the "50", and the 25th anniversary of his pipe making career, and hence the "/2".
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Grade:  Smooth 2-N
Pipe Code: DC220 Price: CHF 320.00  
Shape: Freehand Panel Weight: 57g / 2oz
Chamber : 19mm  --  Chamber Depth: 36.5mm  --  Wall Thickness:  18mm  --  Cleaner Passes? Yes
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COMMENT:

There has to be an idea behind this shape, but to tell you the truth, I can't figure it out. Having said that, and once you've taken the time to examine the pipe, you start to realize that there's a solid design behind it. In other words, it wasn't born due to a pipe making mishap! One of the most unusual touches here is the little heel that is underneath the bowl and shank, where the two join. The grain is predominantly Bird's Eye with some Crossgrain. The first and last pictures illustrate the only design idea I could think of: An elephant's head, with the trunk up in the air. Neat, isn't it?
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Grade:  Smooth 1-N
Pipe Code: DC245 Price: CHF 300.00  
Shape: Kronos Weight: 44g / 1-9/16 oz
Chamber : 19.5mm  --  Chamber Depth: 37mm  --  Wall Thickness:  13mm  --  Cleaner Passes? Yes
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Design Story:  As you may note, this shape has a lot in common with the Bolero, particularly the thin silver band, the shank insert (though this one is not briar), and above all, the bowl shape. Apparently, Bruto was in a very unusual mood one day, and so he wanted to produced something, well... unusual! As he's always been in love with the elegance of the Bolero, with its magical combination of tradition and innovation, he decided to try and maintain the classic touch of the shape, while adding a new dimension of "craziness", which is the crooked mouthpiece and shank. He decided to name the shape after a New York quartet which is famous for playing classic pieces, combined with modern and folkloric music..
The Kronos, I believe, would make an absolutely great pipe if you smoke pressed tobaccos, due to the relatively small chamber size, which is usually about a Dunhill Group 2-3.
Note that the pipe here is a different take on the Kronos that Bruto came up with recently. The difference lies in the bowl shape, which is very similar to the Barrel.
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