Up to 300 handmade and unique pipes are sold per year through specialized stores, mainly in Austria and Germany.
Because Ludwig Lorenz custom makes pipes for many of his customers, he is considered an all-round talent.
Of course, only the best raw materials are used. Briar wood, mainly from Italy and Greece, becomes a unique pipe in the course of about thirty skillfully executed production steps from the layout to the finish. He uses bands made of silver, gold, horn, wood, and many other materials. The mouthpieces are handcut from acrylic or ebonite, and available in either filter or non-filter versions – everything according to the customer’s requirements.
By using a grading system with five categories precious handmade uniques can be had at very reasonable prices, because it is not the absence of putty alone which is a decisive factor for the beauty of a pipe: shape and smoking capabilities are just as important.
Ludwig Lorenz pipes are stamped „Lorenz Innsbruck“
Then „Freehand“, and the grading of the pipe as follows:
D= arbitrary grain with little putty fills
C= arbitrary grain without putty fills
B= selected grain (straight or bird’s eyes) with small sand pits/entrapments
A= selected grain without putty fills
AA = very rare
Specialized stores are without exception supplied with putty-free pipes (grade A), which come in a wooden box (object pipes) or in a synthetic leather pouch (smaller free-standing pipes).
The pipes come with a six months guarantee against defects from either the production or the material itself. Thus, the customer is assured that his dream pipe is of high quality and great workmanship.
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