- Feb 21, 2013
I'm intrigued by U.S. factory pipe manufacturing, so I occasionally try to track the status on the various companies. Today (9/28/2015) I went to the Edwards site to see what they offered. Of course, you have to dodge several sites related to industrial pipe manufacture, as in water and gas pipes, etc. I was curious about Edwards because for years they were the supplier of economy priced Algerian briar pipes sold as Iwan Ries house pipes. The house pipe page at Iwan Ries still pictures these pipes, but the entire array is all designated temporarily out of stock, all of them, for about two years now. At their own website, Edwards still advertises four or five series of pipe, including seconds, on their pipe page, but as near as I can tell, there is no way to bring up specs or prices on the individual pipes. Instead, you are invited to contact them by phone for a first order. This by-phone only approach suggests a slowing of sales, but I am guessing. Does anyone have any further information on Edwards and its pipes? I have three of them from Iwan Ries, and they are nicely made and good smokers. I hope the company is holding on.