Rinaldo

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From Pipes, Artisans and Trademarks, by José Manuel Lopes'

Rinaldo is the Italian brand of the Sicillian artisan brothers Elio & Guido Rinaldo, who left for the continent at an early age and settled in Pesaro. At 15, Elio started working for Mastro de Paja, with Guido joining him shortly after, in 1974.

Bent Apple, partial blast, courtesy SmokingPipes.com
Guido & Elio Rinaldo, from the Monjure International Website

The Rinaldo brand began in 1987. It produces 1500 pipes a year -- mainly classic shapes, but with a more rustic design than the majoority of imilar Italian brands -- and has its main markets in Italy, Germany, and the US. It uses briar from Liguria, and lucite stems.

Stamp: RINALDO. Grading: from one to four Y and Fiammata. Symbol: stylised Greek letters ρ and ι

From the Monjure International Website:

Smooth Dublin, courtesy SmokingPipes.com
An excellent selection of Rinaldo pipes is available at Pipedia underwriter, lepipe.it

When it comes to hand-made (fatta a mano) Italian pipes, two brothers in Italy, Elio and Guido Rinaldo are raising eyebrows around the world and are proving that high quality doesn't always come at a high cost. In 1987 they started the business that bears their name although they actually started making pipes back in 1974 when they were only in their teens. They use the finest mediterranean briar and their pieces not only are expertly designed and easy to hold, but they use fine balanced acrylic mouthpieces to insure a pleasant grip and ease on the teeth. Although some pipe manufacturers employ a body of carvers to create their designs, the two Rinaldo brothers are the sole carvers of their company. They create pipes in three different finishes(smooth,sandblast,and rusticated), several different sizes, and line their pipes with briar, silver, and gold ornaments.

Examples of shapes from the Monjure International Website