François Comoy in Saint Claude, France originally founded the company in the early 1820's, as a manufacturer of clay pipes.In 1848, either François or his son, Louis, made the first Bruyére pipe from the root burl of the indigenous White Heath, Erica arborea, known today as briar.
In the background can be seen a magnum sized Comoy Sandblast Extraordinaire, shape #804 - truly a remarkable pipe.
It seemed only fitting that I'd smoke the same tobacco for this review. It hasn't been pampered and lovingly cared for throughout its life.
Why did I choose this particular pipes, out of all the Comoys in my collection, for the review? It's just an old Comoy Tradition, representative of the breed.
Considered today is a lovely Comoy's Tradition, shape 256.
This is an "Author" shape, about group 4 in size, with a nice heavy shank and a perfectly tapered, perfectly bent stem. It's cross-cut, way off center, with some swirly areas on the bottom of the bowl.