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Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Pappy, Sep 29, 2012.

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  1. Pappy

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    I walked into a B&M a few years back just to take a look and walked out with this little gem. It’s a great smoker and well made for the price. If I remember correctly I paid around $35 (USD) for it. The markings on the pipe read: DiMonte BLAZE 1396, made in Italy. They had a case full of DiMonte pipes and I’m sorry I didn’t pick up a couple more when I had the chance since that was the first and last time I’ve see them. I did a little searching on the internet to see what information I could glean, but basically came up empty handed. Do any of you have any information on DiMonte pipes?

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    Hello Pappy, here's a bit of information that I found from an alt.smokers.pipes post in 02/10/2003 that reads:

    "DiMonte was originally Arlington Briar Works, a pipe factory in New
    York. It went out of the pipe-making business, and sold off its
    machinery, I think in the 1970s. Maybe later. Mark Tinsky could
    probably give you an accurate date on when, if that is of concern.

    Recently (2003), the family has decided to get back into pipes, and has
    been having them made under contract in Italy and importing them.
    The few I have seen so far seem to be good value for the money, but
    nothing to rave about. I have one. Wood is good, combustion
    chamber and shank both properly drilled, good quality mouthpiece.
    Some of the digits in the nomenclature look as if stamped by a
    dyslexic (and perhaps were -- upside down 8, other minor things),
    and the finishing touch in fine details was not apparent in all
    instances.

    If you find one and like it, I would expect it to be a good smoker.
    But if you worry about nit-picks, examine the pipe carefully before
    buying. You might find some...

    One more comment: The old pipes from Arlington Briar Works that I
    have picked up at estate sales have been of lesser quality wood and
    a touch on the small side, but craftsmanship and attention to detail
    was great. The new pipes from Italy have better wood, size is
    generally larger (better, for me), but attention to detail is not
    always what it might be. As smokers, I rate the newer ones higher,
    because wood is so important, but in fit and finish things ain't
    what they used to be..."

    It appears when Arlington attempted to re-enter the pipe market, they contracted with an unknown Italian outfit, who manufactured these pipes under the DiMonte label. However, Arlington once again soon went out of business.

    However, I'm sure there must be some knowledgeable pipers here that may have more information for you. Hope this helps you a smidge more...
     
  4. Pappy

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    Thanks for the info Mark. Apperantly I got a good one. It smokes well and looks good.
     
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    I agree Pappy! That's a cool looking pipe and must be fun to smoke... Enjoy:th1:
     
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