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Ardor Urano Bucaneve 2005 Fat Apple w/Silver - Superb

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2005 Ardor Urano Bucaneve Ringblast-Carved Fat Apple w/Silver

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Ardor is run by the Rovera family, now in their fourth generation of pipemakers. Since 1911, the Rovera family has been creating pipes, but it has been in the past 15 years or so that the Rovera brand eschewed mass production in favor of high-quality, unique and distinctive pipes under the Ardor name. Dorelio Rovera personally hand picks only the finest blocks of extra quality briar from all across Italy, and then air-cures those blocks an additional ten years before carving Ardor pipes. The process gives the pipe a flavor that is extremely distinctive and unlike other air-cured pipes. Both the flavor of the wood and the unique beauty of the pipes have created a legion of fans, especially for their larger pipes.

Besides a wide variety of finishes (Urano, Marte, Meteora, Giove, to name a few), Ardors have a number of models and model lines, which include a selection of shapes, usually as part of a series.  This is similar to many pipe companies (two that spring to mind are Ser Jacopo with their Picta series, for example, or the Peterson Sherlock Holmes series, or any number of companies who have Christmas pipes or Pipes of the Year).  This particular Ardor is part of a series of shapes called the "Bucaneve".  At first glance, this word makes no sense, as the literal translation of the word means "snowdrop", but it isn't until you get into the actual meaning of the word in Italian that it makes sense.  The reference of snowdrop is to a bulbous plant whose drooping white flowers bloom in the spring; they are similar to our crocus.  The shape of the flower itself is what has inspired this line of compact, yet stout pipes.  Being a fan of floraculture pipe nomenclature, I wholeheartedly approve.  This particular Bucaneve is a fat, stout apple, with a thick round shank capped in factory silver faux military mount and a hand-cut black acrylic stem.  The dimensions are compact - under 5 1/2" long - but the chamber capacity is quite large, and that seems to be the overrriding design criteria for this line of pipes:  Generous capacity, large bowls, but compact proportions.  This one is dead mint and comes with the original Ardor sleeve.

Markings read: DR, ARDOR, URANO, BUCANEVE, ITALY, FATTA A MANO, 2005. Silver reads "SILVER 925".  Stem is impressed "Ardor" on the bottom.  Stampings are deep and crisp like the day the pipe came out of the workshop.  




Length: 5.39"
Bowl width: 1.71"
Bowl Height: 1.84"
Chamber dimensions: .85" across, 1.51" deep
Weight: 69 grams


9.85 out of 10. Very lightly and lovingly smoked and cared for over the last 11 years.  The only issue - and it is minor - is just a whisper, a hint, of darkening around the chamber opening, here and there.  That's it.  Complete with sleeve.  Practically new at a fraction of the cost.



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