Fornarino pipes are made of briar from Calabria and Tuscany. For the production the blocks are assorted carefully to grades from medium, medium high, high and super quality. Stems are either made of lucite or and ebonite. A lot of pipes is fitted with rings in silver, lucite, steel and other suiting materials to embellish them.
The pipes are made in three qualities (rusticated, sandblasted and smooth) and in six groups of finishes (F0 - F5). For details please look up the website. They get stamped with the name, the logo and the group of finish on the shank and bear the logo on the stem. The best pieces bear an inlaid round "Master" logo in silver. (See Fornarino @ Pipephil.)
As the makers assure, Fornarino pipes are of special interest due to the very restrained prices. The pipes are offered at prices far below their commercial value. A F0 starts at ca. €30.