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npod

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I need help with this Meerschaum pipe. It is a vintage CAO Meerschaum by Ismet Bekler. I purchased it unsmoked and in pristine condition about 4 years ago. It was smoked regularly for a while, but it's been a drawer for over 2 years because I don't smoke Meerschaum often, eventually I kind of forgot about it to be honest. When I got the pipe I remember there was a plastic screw in mortise/tenon, the one that the tenon could be turned clockwise to simulate a briar tenon, and counterclockwise to unscrew the mortise. Recently, I pulled it out to smoke and noticed that the screw in mortis is clearly missing. I have no idea what happened, and I looked everywhere, but can't find it. I was always careful with the screw in mortise/tenon combination, having been warned about this very thing happening. It is still smokeable and the tenon does push snuggly in the stem, but I don't want to risk the stummel falling off the stem and breaking on the ground.
So what happened here? Can I get another screw in mortise? Is there a pipe repair guy for this kind of thing? It's a great pipe and I want to start smoking it regularly again.







 

npod

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Does anyone have a picture of what the missing piece looks like? Any examples would be appreciated.

 

renfield

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Meerschaummarket.com sells those screw-in pieces. You get both sides. 3$.
Look on their front page towards the bottom for “Parts & Accessories”.
Ren

 

lightmybriar

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Yes! The good news is that those pieces are readily available at a few places, and fairly if not always universal. I ordered some from Paykoc (sp?) a while back just to freshen up my meers by changing out the old ones. Your pipe will be good as new!

 

npod

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Awesome! Thanks guys! That is exactly what I needed and ordered a few. Cheers!

 

jeff540

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Based on your 4th photograph, it appears all or part of the "receiver" end is still present in the pipe itself. I would remove that (EZ Out or similar home-made tool).
EDIT: the plastic/nylon "receiver" piece that threads into the pipe itself has broken, with half still present on the stem and the other half still threaded into the pipe. Replace both pieces as described in a prior post and you'll be set.

 

npod

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@jeff540, THANK YOU. I was looking at the pipe last night and wondering why plastic was in the stem. Based on your post, we have an answer! Broken off piece. Now I know to remove it and replace the whole system.
I can't thank you all enough! This is a great pipe and now it will go back into rotation.

 

npod

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You guys nailed it. Some shots of the mortise and tenon extraction. Easy! I was amazed at all the gunk behind the tenon. Normally I keep my pipes pretty clean, but this shows proof that sometimes it's good to change out these plastic mortise/tenon systems on Meerschaum pipes. I will post pictures of the final steps when I get the replacements in the mail.







 

npod

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Got the replacement tenon/mortise parts from Paykoc today. Super fast service, only three day turn around.
This is super easy. Thanks to everyone for the help. It works perfectly now.
Old vs New


New


Just screw them in and done


Perfect fit



 

renfield

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Nice! Sweet looking pipe, too.
Now you’ve got me thinking I ought to swap out the fittings on my meers to freshen them up.
Ren

 

npod

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I definitely would do that. I got 9 sets for $11.50 with $3 shipping. It’s a cheap and easy project. After seeing my original tenon above I was amazed at all the gunk. And that’s from a guy who cleans his pipes well and rarely smokes Meerschuam. I can only imagine what they would look like with moderate to heavy use in rotation.