I've only owned two newer Dunhill pipes (both from the mid '80s) and smoked one other Dunhill dating to the mid 1970s, so I have no opinion as to the smoking quality of their current production.
But compared to what else was readily available to the pipe man between the 1920s and the late '50s, I firmly believe Dunhill were worth their price, and can still be considered excellent pipes even compared to current artisan pipes.
Way back in 1912, Dunhill created and patented the 'inner tube'.
I feel somewhat qualified to comment on the quality of these pipes having been a pipe smoker for nearly 20 years, collecting a large range of pipes over that time and even made a few myself.
My collection has been graced with brands well regarded for their smoking qualities such as Radice, Castello, Ardor and Ashton (Bill Taylor vintage).
Strike another match and light the pipe again, this time making sure it's well lit and burning well, tamp lightly, and off you go.
Relax, puff, read a bit, puff..a smoke ring...relax. The name conjures up images of Olde London, staid English style, luxury and elegance.
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In order to get you started, please be ready to enter your Social Security Number and Date of Birth.Draft holes in the tenon and mortise are all aligned, the drilling is nice and open, and even though these are factory made pipes, each pipe had to meet the same strict quality criteria.The other thing Dunhill did that made their pipes better than most of the competition is use high quality, hand cut vulcanite stems.Do your best to buy quality pipes, that is, pipes that are constructed properly with an unrestricted draw, open mouthpieces, and well cured briar.Make sure the pipe is clean, inside as well as outside.Modern pipe makers ensure that the draft holes are drilled to 4mm (or in some cases, slightly larger) and align with the draft hole in the stem, maintaining an even volume of air flow all the way to the button.