What's Your "White Whale" Pipe?

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tslex

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For me, it's a 1960 (my birth year) Dunhill bent bulldog. (Not the tall one; the classic shape.)
This shape: Dunhill bent bulldog
Finish not important, but blast would be the uber-whale.
What's yours?

 

hunter

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Sep 9, 2012
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Basically your Moby Dick, the one that you get close to but never able to get your hands on. I currently don't have one but I do have one for a bar, I've nearly been able to get a globe bar a few times but never able to seal the deal.

 

pstlpkr

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A "White Whale" (reference Moby Dick by Herman Melville) is someone's obsession with something that can only be achieved at the cost of their own life, downfall, or destruction.

:puffy:

 

vinvin

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Oct 1, 2012
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Ah, I figured it was a Moby Dick Reference... but I have never encountered it put that way haha. Thanks for the info guys! :D

 

ssjones

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May 11, 2011
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My White Whale is similar to yours, but a '61 Dunhill Bulldog, group 5, Cumberland stem, any finish. Your example is lovely!


 

piperphil

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Jun 11, 2012
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My white whale would have to be this cavalier-volcano with antler from creative briar

http://www.creativebriarpipes.com/available-pipes/pipe-12015/

Love volcanoes and cavaliers and contrasts so this is like a wet dream for me.

 

lordofthepiperings

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May 3, 2010
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My white whale pipe would have to be a collection actually. The Peterson Return of Sherlock Holmes set. I'm wanting to buy the entire set all at once with the pipe rack, but I can't seem to save up the money for it.

 

crk69

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Jun 30, 2012
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I would have to say one of Yanik's large meerschaum skull in hand...

 

lasttango

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I haven't been a pipe smoker long enough to have a true white whale... but at the moment, it would be very much like this one here posted recently by dochudson:

It's a Dunhill Shell Group 4... around $400

 

hfearly

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Oct 11, 2012
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The Howell Clam in cast bronze sandblast. Love on first sight and most beautiful piece I've ever seen.


 

tslex

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Jun 23, 2011
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Nifty responses, fellows.
Keep them coming.
I'd submit that to be a "white whale," the pipe must not only be finest quality or expensive or even your perfect person taste, but also in some way difficult to obtain: such as a very particular estate like I've defined, or a war era Dunhill (see Neill's nifty post: A Wartime Treasure), or any Poul Ilsted pipe (as I understand he'll only sell you a pipe if he likes you).