Chacom Pipes

The two managers of the Cuty Fort Enterprises group of which Chacom, the most important company of the group is part, together represent thirteen generations in the history of the pipe: Dominique Jeantet is in the eighth and Yves Granard, in the fifth generation of the family.

The Chamoy family produced pipes made from boxwood as far back as 1825 in Avignon. Henry Comoy introduced the surname in 1879 as a brand to distinguish his briar pipes and in 1922 he joined his nephews Louis and Charles Chapuis.

In the following years there were several shifts of the production center between London and Saint-Claude, multiple transfers of ownership and numerous mergers that led to frequent name changes.

“La Bruyère” was in any case one of the best known brands. Comoy’s of London now belongs to the Cadogan group while Yves Grenard, descendant of the Comoy family, has taken over the management of Chacom, the company name deriving from the merger of the names Chapuis and Comoy.

In order to maintain their presence on the pipario market despite the crisis that was emerging, in 1987 the companies Chacom, Jeantet, Lacroix, Ropp and Vuillard united under the name of Cuty Fort Enterprises. The company still employs 46 people today.

About half of the 185,000 pipes produced annually are placed on the market bearing the Chacom brand. Their design is by Yves Grenard and freehand artist Pierre Morel.

The philosophy of the house is to be able to satisfy every customer request, be it a modern “Fancy” pipe, the desire to buy a solid pipe for everyday use or a fine pipe with a delicate grain and a gold band.

In the workshops of the Cuty Fort Enterprises group, not only pipes with their own brand are manufactured, but also pipes commissioned by many American companies including for example Davidoff.

Chacom dries the briar logs in the traditional way by placing them on wooden racks for at least six months so that the natural air circulation deprives them of moisture.

The company supplies itself with a sufficiently large stock of sketches to allow it to produce pipes for at least two years.

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