Credo Debuts Humidifier for Pipe Tobacco
Pipe smokers no longer need to lose flavor in their favorite blend, thanks to Credo's new Pipe Rondo 75 humidifier.

The French company is the world's largest maker of humidification devices for fine cigars, and the Pipe Rondo 75 reflects the successful design of the number-one-selling cigar humidifier, the Rondo. "Even pipe tobacco kept in a sealed jar loses moisture, as a smoker dips into it over time," explains Mike Gold, president of Arango Cigar Co, the exclusive distributor of the complete Credo line of humidifiers, hygrometers, and premium cigars. Moisture loss leads to a breakdown and deterioration of aromatic oils, resulting in flavor loss, Gold notes.

"Pipe lovers have used the Rondo for years, but it is intended for cigars. Credo's new Pipe Rondo 75 is specifically engineered to consistently maintain an optimal 75% relative humidity in pipe tobacco, 5% more than Rondo."

Teaming the humidifier with Credo's simultaneous-readout Digital Hygrometer/Thermometer gives users complete control over storage conditions. Both devices attach magnetically to adhesive-backed metal plates positioned in the storage container's lid. This allows easy removal for adding distilled water every few weeks, or Credo's Special Care Solution to regenerate the element's active substance semi-annually.

The humidifier measures 2 1/8 inches in diameter by 1 inch thick, and is molded from transparent brown ABS plastic. The hygrometer measures 1 1/8 by 3/4 inches, and is available in black or gray. The Pipe Rondo 75 retails for $16; the Digital Hygrometer/ Thermometer for $35. Both items are priced so they can be keystoned.

Arango Cigar Co., Northbrook, Il., Toll-free: (800) 222-4427

Pewter Pipe Accessories from Sheffield
The Sheffield Exchange, importer of a distinctive line of British silver, pewter, and stainless steel smoking accessories and gifts, has added several new pewter pipe tobacco jar and ashtray model to its portfolio.

Joining the company's original pewter tobacco jar with "bud" finial are two new Edwardian Style jars, with lids bearing either a plain "ball" finial or a full bent pipe finial, suggested retail $89.95 and $95.95, respectively.

A round pewter pipe ashtray featuring a scalloped design (suggested retail, $39.95) is also available with a pipe rest ($45 retail).

"Pewter is a fine material for use in tobacco accessories and will add distinctive appeal to any tobacconist's collection," the company notes. Sheffield also offers a selection of pewter snuff boxes and cigar accessories, Rodgers pipe knives, Sharrow briar pipes, snuffs from Wilson and Fribourg & Treyer, Gawith pipe tobaccos, and Pollock clay pipes.

The Sheffield Exchange Ltd., Mechanicsville, VA, Tel: (804) 746-7900.

Special Edition Pipes from J.B. Russell
Cadogan of London will produce only 50 sets of its first-ever sandblast Canadian pipe, offered as a boxed set. The Limited Edition GBD Canadian Pipe set includes a Midnight Canadian, a Premier Canadian, and a London Made Canadian. All pipes are stamped "London Made," and packaged in a handsome wood display box. Suggested retail, $249.95.

The new 2000 edition of the Nording Hunter's Pipe is the Wild Boar. The idea was to make a unique pipe where the shape and color brought out the characteristics of a wild animal. Nording asked Mogens Andersen, one of Denmark's finest illustrators of wild game, to make a drawing of the ultimate hunting pipe. Each very limited edition pipe includes a drawing and a short explanation describing the selected animal. Available in smooth or sandblast finish, suggested retail $170 and $129.95, respectively.

James B. Russell will introduce a number of new pipes at its Pipe and Tobacco Sale/Show in Saddle Brook, New Jersey on April 20-21 (see Calendar, page 24). New Sasieni 5-dots, made at the Dunhill Factory in London, are designed with extra large bowls and sterling silver bands, but are feather-light. Expect to see smooth, black rusticated, and light rusticated finishes… Premier Danish pipe maker Erik Nording will debut the never-before-produced Nording Ladies Pipes. These hand carved pipes will feature small bowls and slender shanks yet are fully functional, much like a pipe twice its size… Also on tap are all-new, one-of-a-kind Comoy Freehands from Cadogan of London.

James B. Russell, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, Toll-free: (800) 526-4653, Fax: (201) 934-6370, www.jamesbrussell.com

SMOKESHOP - February 2001