Cedes Milano – Cigar Cutter & Buffalo Horn Vase

Last years’ article on my visit to the Cedes Milano workrooms on via Morimondo in Milan attracted a lot of interest, so I thought a brief follow-up article would be interesting for everyone who’s been taken by Cedes unique products.

The images in this article are just a few shots of the couple of Cedes items in our home, which we had made last year.

The first piece is probably the one which will be the most interesting to readers of TM. My cigar cutter, made from Ram’s horn (image above). Mehri (my wife) had this made for my birthday last year. Though I don’t smoke often, I love cigars. It’s probably more the act of consciously stopping and doing nothing else for a while, than the cigars themselves, but nonetheless, I’ve steadily been filling my small humidor with a decent collection.

As with anything else, when it comes to something which I expect to use for an extended period of time, I try to buy the very best (or, at least, the best I can afford). It always works out the be the cheaper option in the long run and you end up with a better quality product. Mehri knows my tastes well and finding a cutter which I’ll use for a lifetime is something I really value.

Just like all of Cedes other products, their value goes beyond their practicality, in that when they’re not in use, they’re artworks in their own right. As a result, the cutter lives in our lounge-room, instead of in my study with the humidor.

The only issue I’ve had with the cutter is that it’s struggled to cleanly slice through a few larger gauge cigars, tending to tear at the end cap. I’m not sure if that’s because there’s some play within the blade housing or if it just needs sharpening. I’ll take the blade out and sharpen it soon and that should hopefully fix the issue.

Secondly is the flower vase, made from African Cape Buffalo horn. This was Mehri’s Christmas present. It cost a small fortune, but it’s an investment piece which will well and truly outlive us.

Mehri saw one when we visited Linda and the team (image below) and was really taken by it, so I arranged to have one made in time for Christmas (note: allow a few months lead time for this).

Buffalo horn before…

The horn is smoothed to a high gloss in most places, except for a few deeper creases where a polish isn’t possible, which lets the natural finish of the horn show through. It’s a nice contrast. The vase component is hand hammered in copper, with a removable handmade glass insert (so you don’t have to take the entire horn to the sink when you need to clean the vase).

As mentioned in the original article, the horn and tusk products come from animals which die of natural causes, and the antlers are shed naturally.

For anyone with a thing for wood, I made the floating shelf from African Danta, to keep with the African theme and used brass framing edges for the corners.

They’ve already added a lot to our home and there’s a grounding sense of permanency which comes from items like these which we know will be handed down for generations to come.

It’s difficult to get the light correct to show the inscription, but the text reads “Cedes Milano. Made in Italy. No1/2016”. It’s already ageing nicely, as fingerprints react with the copper.

Over the years we’ll hopefully collect some more pieces from Cedes, not only because they’re thoroughly unique and beautiful products, but because it also supports a family owned business, run by people we think the world of.


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