Pipes and nostalgia go together like burgers and fries. Many pipe enthusiasts have great memories of briars of the past, and newer pipe fans are also looking for pipes that are reminiscent of the old days. Some of the most loved are French pipes of the forties, fifties, and sixties. They tended to be smaller and lighter than most modern pipes because they were designed for people who like to clench. That's why we were excited to see the new C'est La Vie Gracieux Smooth pipes.
These fantastic new briars feature a rich walnut stain and low-maintenance black acrylic stems. They also have a satin-look metal trim ring that beautifully sets off the stem and bowl. Of the eight shapes, one weighs in at one ounce, and the rest are even lighter, so these are pipes that won't tire your jaw if you're a clencher. Despite their light weight and slightly shorter than average length, they have only a marginally smaller chamber, so you'll still get a fairly long smoke. If you find similar pipes on the estate market, they typically go for $100 or more, but you can get a brand-new briar for quite a bit less if you bring home a C'est La Vie Gracieux Smooth Pipe.