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peteguy

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With the recent discussions on sellers and refurb/restore practices as of late this one caught my eye. It won't garner the attention of the other threads where bigger named sellers and more expensive pipes are listed but this is just disgusting. These are the people who need to be stopped in this hobby.
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beefeater33

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Far more disgusting, to me anyway, are the thousands of weed/pot pipes/bongs that show up every time I do a search on e-bay...... :roll:

 

georged

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I hate to throw water on your torches, but the pipe shown in the listing is 100% legit. Never smoked, not topped.
Charatan just made interesting (and stummel-saving) stylistic choices from time to time. The "short stack" was one of them. So was the "chip rim" (here called a "crackled top")

 

warren

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Damn! So, the torches are doused and the pitchforks returned to the shed. The townspeople return quietly to their beds, a bit chagrined.
Thanks for ruining the lynching party.
Seriously georged, well done!

 

georged

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Ah, got it.
I stopped shopping on ebay years ago, and now just ignore it.

 

peteguy

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Georged you know far more than I ever will but I am going to need photo proof before I throw water on my torch.

 

warren

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Are people being forced onto eBay? Seems to me that a lot of bottom feeders as well those looking for quality sometimes find what they are looking for. Seems no worse then wandering into "hock shop." Smart shoppers inform themselves and know what they are buying. The neophytes either get skinned or quickly learn. I always tried to learn when I was snookered. Figured it was my own damned fault for failing to prepare.
It's a hard world full of predators and a whole food chain of pray. That's why I became a cop as a kid. But, I also learned . . . there is no cure for stupid. Ignorance? Yes. Stupid? No.
As for eBay? I've looked around a bit, especially when my wife was making and selling metal work. I just know my limitations and only buy what I know from whom I know. This means, no eBay for me. Simply my nature.

 

peteguy

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If you're referring to something like this georged I think this is a fine pipe and one that I would love to have. I believe the ebay listing is an amateur attempt to duplicate the style you mentioned and the one in this photo. If I'm wrong I'll eat another flake of Latakia.
Bare wood for one. Inconsistent direction of chipping and a burn area into the inner wall always seen in topping.

 

georged

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Georged you know far more than I ever will but I am going to need photo proof before I throw water on my torch.
Chip tops aren't common, but they are far from rare. Here is one I re-stemmed a while back:

As for the short stack bowl, it was also far from rare in the late 70's/early 80's. A photo shouldn't be too hard to find on the Net.
Also, topping a smoked pipe that far down would clearly show a discolored "heat ring" where the rim meets the chamber.

 

georged

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I believe the ebay listing is an amateur attempt to duplicate the style you mentioned and the one in this photo.
Bare wood for one. Inconsistent direction of chipping and a burn area into the inner wall always seen in topping.
Exactly so. :puffy:

 

peteguy

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I will eat that flake even though I'm still not convinced. Thank you for the further education Georges. I will send an apology to the seller.