Lorenzo has been making pipes from the best Mediterranean briars renowned for its beauty of grain and remarkably good smoking qualities. The story of the Lorenzo name begins in 1900 with the partnership of two brothers. The newly issued Lorenzos mostly showed extremely strong forms in designs appealing greatly and massively. As contemporary ads said, these pipes were "Made for real men with strong hands". Many had a flattened bottom to sit on the table. Next to the unusual shapes, the patina effect of the silk mat surface combined with a bold red or a bright orange staining gave the pipes their distinctive look.