I'm browsing ebay and found These Meers. Has anyone got any experience with them? I found one i'd love to have, but they don't exude quality.
It appears to be a very small pipe. They don't have any pictures that show how the airway is drilled, either. I'd pass for those reasons, bu tI'm no expert. Maybe Yavuz knows this guy.
No idea, sorry. But if I were looking for a meerschaum, I'd hold off, spend a bit more money, and go with a reputable maker with a good reputation.
If you're amenable to an estate meer, check these out from Don Seatter. He has a CAO Eagle Claw for $49 and a new SMS for $89 -- and dozens of others:
Thanks Baron and Roth. I saw that pipe from Don and was sorely tempted. But the ebay one i was looking at was a pirate and i haven't seen pone like it. Guess patience will have to be my guide.
The carving is crude and there are problems even with the reputable meerschaum vendors.
I have 2 meers. one is an el-cheapo that I picked up just to try. Now I use it as my car pipe since it doesnt have to rest. My other one is a very cool 30 year old beautiful meer that i picked up on ebay. But i am in the market for something nicer. I want a claw holding something but I want really really good carving. I've seen a lot of ho-hum on ebay. Can someone point me in the right direction? Looking for new. Thanks.
Yanik carved meerschaums are excellent pipes IMO. He is considered one of the finest carvers in the world, uses only block meerschaum and although they are not inexpensive sometimes you can get a good buy on eBay for one. Beware of forgeries though. He has such a great reputation that others sometimes pass off inferior pipes as a yanik. Another very reputable pipe dealer is Deniz Ural. He is a retailer of some very fine meerschaum carvers, and the pipes he sells are all first quality. Hope this helps and have fun in your search.
I would steer clear of the cheapos.
I have a cheapo that I picked up from the bay many many years ago... to this day Ive maybe smoked it 20 times in 10 years... I believe its pressed meer, has a very off smell and really just doesnt smoke well.
I would love to own a nice well made meer, but definitely going to wait until I can afford one from a very reputable carver.
I have over 20 meers and there is at least one pipe from almost each meerschaum dealer except "AND meerschaums".
IMP,STORIENT,SMS,CAO,BAKI and some others in my collection.
All I can say is ; if you have not yet smoked a Storient or a Baki then you have not smoked a meer yet.
I had bought my first meer on ebay 15 years ago.It was a cheap pipe that I could smoke only a few weeks.
Thanks god I am much more experienced now.Later I bought some other estate meers on ebay but they were made by reputable companies like CAO,Sms etc and sold by reputable ebay sellers.
I have a Yanik meerschaum which smokes great, and Storient has a great selection.
I just looked up the storient site and found one to lust after. Need to put in some overtime.
I want a claw holding something but I want really really good carving. I've seen a lot of ho-hum on ebay. Can someone point me in the right direction? Looking for new.
Z, if you simply click on the link I provided above here, you will see a CAO eagle claw meerschaum estate pipe for $49. For those unaware, CAO started business in Nashville, TN many years ago. Founder and Turkish immigrant Cano A. Ozgener, an engineer, founded the company in the early 1960's.
"I was not happy with the quality of Turkish meerschaum. The tobacconists were not happy with them. So I used to take the meerschaums and change the stems, make modifications and work with the carvers to improve them," Ozgener says. "One day, Chauncey Dean Jr. [of Beehive Tobacconist] in Wilmington, Delaware, asked me where I got the meerschaum, that he had never seen such quality, and I told him that I had modified them. So he ordered a dozen or two from me. Then he introduced me to Bill Fader [owner of Fader's tobacconist in Baltimore and [former] executive director of the Retail Tobacco Dealers of America (RTDA)] and Bill Martin [the late owner of W. Curtis Draper tobacconist in Washington, D.C.], and that was how CAO was formed."
A CAO estate meer, in good condition, is an exceptional find and can remarkably still be found at a fairly inexpensive price.
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