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Do You Have Any Pipes That You Think Are Just Too Nice To Smoke?

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  1. tufftony

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    Pipes that are so beautiful or were so costly that you prefer
    to preserve them in their virginal unsmoked state as works of
    art or collector's items rather than subject them to the ravages
    of fire and smoke? If you are the proud possessor of any such
    treasures let's see some pics.

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    I believe pipes are meant to be smoked. If I buy it, regardless of how nice or the cost, I'm going to smoke it. But I don't fault those who choose not to.

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    I only buy pipes I intend to smoke. I understand their aesthetic appeal but I'm mostly a smoker not much of a collector. You can be one, the other or both, depending on your individual tastes or interests. I have a small collection by forum standards and they all get smoked.

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    no. i have two i haven't smoke. both have conical chamber and just haven't got around to them.

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    I believe pipes are meant to be smoked. If I buy it, regardless of how nice or the cost,
    I'm going to smoke it. But I don't fault those who choose not to.

    But what about those super-expensive multi-thousand-dollar artisan pipes?
    Do you think they are actually smoked?

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    I will never buy a pipe that I don't plan on smoking. I don't buy things to look at. I like the well worn look of things.

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    But what about those super-expensive multi-thousand-dollar artisan pipes?
    Oh yeah. If I could afford to buy multi-thousand dollar pipes, you can bet I'd be smoking them. Otherwise it's just a fancy block of briar sitting on the shelf that most people, other than myself, wouldn't appreciate. If it's got two holes and a stem, I'm smoking that S Bang and enjoying the heck out of it.

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    Two unsmoked Ferndowns, a Caminetto Bulldog, a Pre Republic Peterson 120 unsmoked just to name a few. And about 20 MM Cobs. Haven’t worn my first one out yet after 300 plus smokes.

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    If I owned this masterpiece I'd be smoking it alright.

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    Museum pieces I would sell to a museum.

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    Well, I keep just one of my pipes in its virginal state, unsmoked in its original
    pouch and original box with its original invoice - my Al Pascia curvy, not because
    it's expensive or rare or by some big name artisan but because it's so damn lovely
    I'd hate to spoil it. I love to take it out now and then to admire its beautiful
    coloring and grain and to fondle its uniquely tactile sculptural form. Cast me into
    the outer darkness if you wish but this is one pipe I shall not be smoking.

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    I've got a Bruce Weaver magnum strawberry billiard and a Preben Holm Hallmark volcano that will never be smoked.

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
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    It would be nice to see them.

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    I dont see the point in owning something I dont use. If I have a pipe, I'm going to smoke it, if I have a guitar I'm going to play it, if I have a vehicle, I'm going to drive it etc etc etc......

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    I buy a pipe only for smoking. If I ran across a pipe with proper provenance, a pipe owned by a person of historical significance, from an era of interest, only then would I purchase a pipe not intended for smoking. So far, I've not found such.

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    but because it's so damn lovely

    Yeah, they are. You can tell how uber-pissed I am now that a damn Bic lighter charred the left side of mine's rim.

    And still no Kiribi flints available anywhere...

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    That's a shame and is why I avoid flint lighters that require
    special flints -- sooner or later they run out and it's going to
    be a giant hassle obtaining them.

    Sorry to hear about your curvy.

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    I dont see the point in owning something I dont use. If I have a pipe,
    I'm going to smoke it, if I have a guitar I'm going to play it, if I have a
    vehicle, I'm going to drive it etc etc etc......

    Sometimes not doing something provides a greater pleasure than doing it.
    Abstinence (such as fasting) can provide a greater joy than indulgence.

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    I’ve smoked all of my briars at one time or another, but my meerschaums are another story altogether. Most of them are as pristine as the day that I bought them and here’s one that I haven’t posted a picture of yet. The name of the sculptor/carver is Kenan and he is VERY good!

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    Pipes that are so beautiful or were so costly that you prefer
    to preserve them in their virginal unsmoked state as works of
    art or collector's items rather than subject them to the ravages
    of fire and smoke?

    Absolutely! While I'm primarily a smoker, I do have a few pipes that I just enjoy having, like these:

    Unsmoked 1907 Barling Cased Companion Set

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

    It is pointless to argue with a fanatic since a dim bulb can't be converted into a searchlight. - Jesse Silver
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    ^^
    Are those dueling pipes?

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    But what about those super-expensive multi-thousand-dollar artisan pipes?
    Do you think they are actually smoked?

    Absolutely. I know a few collectors of hyper high grades who smoke their pipes.

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    I've got a Bruce Weaver magnum strawberry billiard and a Preben Holm Hallmark volcano that will never be smoked.

    It was thirty years later, when Embers finally put flame to those pipes. He was in his seventies, sitting in his favorite, soft, reclining chair in front of the fireplace. His cat, named Captain, sat upon his lap purring gently. Looking out the window, Embers smiled as he watched the snow flakes drift past the porch light. The aroma of his wife's cookies baking in the oven filled the house. He struck a match and held it just above the bowl of his Bruce Weaver billiard, and chuckled softly. "Huh," he said softly. "It is Christmas, after all."

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    Are those dueling pipes?

    Well, it's a thought. You can almost hear the clashing of stems.

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    When you own a thing, you can do what you want with it.
    You can use it or look at it, whatever you want.
    I think pipes are tools and should be used.

    Would Al Pascia be disappointed that one of his creations was sitting unsmoked?

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    I firmly believe that everyone should be free to use their property as they see fit. If not smoking some pipes is your choice, more power to you. In my case, I buy pipes to smoke, regardless of their price. My priciest pipes are smoked regularly, in the same rotation as other, more modest pipes. I have pipes that I don´t smoke, but the reason for that is that they don´t provide, for whatever reason, pleasurable smokes. Some of them I keep because they have some value: my first pipe, a pipe I bought with my wife during some trip, a present or whatever other reason; but, if they provided a pleasurable smoke, I would smoke them regularly.

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    It would be nice to see them.

    Will likely never see another unsmoked piece from them in my collection as Bruce is retired and Preben has long since passed away.

    Bruce Weaver Magnum Strawberry Billiard

    Preben Holm Hallmark Volcano

    "Huh," he said softly. "It is Christmas, after all."

    I see what you did there.

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    My father's pipe. It hasn't been smoked in at least 50 years.

    It's a mangled up Dr. Grabow Freehand so, while it may not be expensive, it is, to some, a treasure.

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    And the hunter home from the hill.
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    I don't have any pipes that I intend to never smoke, but I have a few that I haven't smoked yet.

    Michael
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    My pipes are all smoking tools. Some are nice smoking tools, but smoking tools in service nonetheless.

    I come to places like this website or go to pipe shows to check out the too-nice-to-smoke pipes.

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    Would Al Pascia be disappointed that one of his creations was sitting unsmoked?

    Maybe, but on the other hand he might be delighted that someone
    thought it so beautiful that they were treating it as a work of art,
    as a piece of tactile sculpture they didn't want to spoil.

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    I am concerned with this obsession. I even have Virgin Grain pipes, and they are well worth lighting up. Sorry, my smooth, curvy pipes are still smoking devices, and not beautiful objects in need of being placed on a pedestal.

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    The Strawberry Billiard is fascinating for its color and texture
    and who could deny that the Preben Holm Hallmark Volcano is a
    piece of sculpture you wouldn't want to spoil by smoking?

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    I buy. A pipe. To smoke it. Period.

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    This one has yet to be smoked. From Dirk Claessen, a Belgian living and making pipes in Spain.


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    Since most of my nice pipes are estate pipes they obviously get smoked. I have no pipes too nice to smoke. I have no wrench in my toolbox too nice to get dirty.

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    I've never spent more than $150 on a pipe and never wanted to own one for anything other than smoking it.
    However, I do find that I smoke my more expensive pipes much less, I tend to save them for those special smokes where I can really sit down and savour the experience, which, with kids and dog, etc., happens pretty rarely. I have a lovely Moretti billiard I've scarcely smoked a half dozen times in the 18 months I've had it. But a couple of somewhat beaten up estates that can't have cost me $20 between them get taken out at least once a week and have become my favorite pipes.

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    When I get a new pipe in, I immediately open the package and smoke the pipe. I could have another pipe going but will put it down to smoke the new one. I am like a kid at Christmas, I have to smoke my new pipe right away. I have never bought a pipe with the intention of not smoking it.

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    I may someday smoke my Larsen Pearl Grade (restored by Anthony Cook):

    Really just need a good enough reason to celebrate and fire it up.

    I most likely will never smoke my Teddy Knudsen Eagle Grade (restored by Anthony Cook):

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    shane, how can you possibly not smoke those pipes? You can always get them restored again if you plan on selling them. That Teddy is ridiculous.

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    Very fine photos!

    I have a couple of pipes I haven't smoked yet. One is a Mastro de Paja which I may sell or trade.

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    Anybody else that has an iBekler castle? I understand that he made some, but I’ve never seen another.

    I’ve had it for near 50 years and never smoked it!

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    I only have one unsmoked pipe.... but that won't be for long.

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    This one is losing it today....

    I just enjoyed my first pipeful and started a second. I generally pass on skulls and claws because they’re everywhere, but Fatih did such a nice job with this one with the two tone finish and the latticework that made me think it was exceptional.

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    No such animal.

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    I have an unsmoked Ascorti, Preben Holm, and Barling. All are vintage unsmoked but, I plan on smoking them. Does anybody else have difficulty in choosing just the right tobacco for such an occasion?

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    I buy em to smoke em, but a lot of mine have been smoked for a very long time...

    ...

    "the weez"...
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    Interesting to read thru all the various comments. Now, I have less in front of me than I do, behind me....and life is too short. I buy pipes to smoke, not to preserve. If I drop dead tomorrow my modest pipe collection will, hopefully, go to another pipe-smoker, but more than likely wind up in the garbage, or, in a yard sale.

    I believe if you know when you'll be dying, then preserve the pristine virginity of those "special" pipes for future smokers, traders/sellers, and collectors.....if not, smoke the crap out of that hunk of briar, and enjoy doing what they were meant to do. It's not a Bill Clinton cigar, after all.....

    Any attached value, especially sentimental, and/or the imagined value, is transient, and ephemeral. The only real value of a (insert brand name here) pipe, is in the eye of the beholder....and assessed by the end user.

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    A couple of years ago I won via auction an unsmoked seven day cased set of pipes (all different) that are now almost 50 years old. I bought those purely as an investment.

    I also bought (via auction) a stunning cased pipe with silver fittings and huge albatross bone stem. This pipe is well over 100 years old. I haven't smoked it simply because I have no pipe cleaners long enough to clean the stem and even if I did, I would be terrified I might cause it damage so that one has gone unsmoked (by me at least).

    Otherwise, all pipes I have bought have been for smoking

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    Would like to see a photo of the one with the albatross stem, Jay!

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    Ditto!

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    Under no circumstances take the albatross bone pipe to sea. There is an ancient superstition that killing albatross is certain catastrophe, so best not test the ancestors. Besides which, albatross are especially noble creatures to many, that would include me.

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    Bird bones are fragile, too... I’m curious to see how they might be used in pipe construction.

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    It was often used for stems and stem extensions.

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    A pipe is meant to be smoked, if it is not smoked it is not a pipe. The same thing for other objects which could be collectibles such as fountain pens.
    My position is that a functional object has to be used in order to be recognized as such. Granted that more delicate or expensive items might need a particular care or more limited use but all need to be used.

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    My pipes all get smoked.

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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    Collectors know condition is paramount. Besides, if you’re a smoker, you only need a few favorite pipes.

    It’s kind of like telling stamp collectors that they need to use their inverted Jennie’s.

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    I believe if you know when you'll be dying, then preserve the pristine virginity of those "special" pipes for future smokers, traders/sellers, and collectors.....if not, smoke the crap out of that hunk of briar, and enjoy doing what they were meant to do.

    We-ell, a century old or better pipe that has not been smoked stands a very good chance of splitting when fired up, unless its been coated to protect the chamber walls, and maybe even then. Frankly, I have no shortage of pipes that I smoke, nor any shortage of vintage pipes that I smoke including well over 100 year old pipes that I smoke. Nor is there any shortage of smoked vintage pipes in the world. On the other hand, a 112 year old pipe, or set of pipes, in unsmoked condition is, well, pretty damned rare, and pretty damned cool. I don't buy into any of this destiny crap.

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    reminds me that my father tried a pipe back in mid 70's. not sure what happened, but he didn't use it for long. if i remember, it had a spade on the side, most likely dr. grabow or something. if i ever find it, it will be smoked.

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    I've spoken to a number of esteemed pipe makers who hate it when their pipes sit on shelves unsmoked. I bought a couple of commissions from one of them and he really encouraged me to smoke them, and enjoy them.

    The first time I put a flame to one of them, I felt quite anxious..... But after the fact, it was quite liberating!

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    I had one, so I sold it. I don't want any pipe I won't smoke. Mine was an early Saiseni One Dot "Specially Selected". I just couldn't put a flame to it, so it had to go.

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    The general view on Forums seems to me to be, too nice to smoke is heresy. The more wonderful a pipe, the more often it needs to be smoked.

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    I was gifted an LHS Sterncrest by Scrooge...it was just so damn beautiful, that for the first few days I just stared at it sitting on the shelf...it still has the stinger which I understand is a rarity, but I broke down and filled it with McClelland Christmas Cheer 2013 and fired it up. Great smoke...even with the stinger, which I don't care for but will not remove.

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    My unsmoked meers... except for the claw that got fired up for the first time this week while I was responding to this thread.

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    We-ell, a century old or better pipe that has not been smoked stands a very good chance of splitting when fired up

    Absolutely. I fired up an unsmoked KB&B made in the early 1900s and a crack appeared in the shank.

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    gatorlope,. Those cats!!! Thank goodness I've not seen one like that on the bay or I would have bid stupidly.

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    Shanez, I sent you a private message, but I can’t tell if it was dispatched properly...
    But I’m glad you weren’t bidding against me!

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  68. ssjones

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    I'm definitely in the "pipes are made to be smoked category". However I had several that were pretty rare and in mint condition. I found myself avoiding using them. I found less pristine versions of each, which I don't mind using and sold the mint versions.

    Comoy's 499

    GBD 9242 New Standard

    I bought this unsmoked Sasieni Ashford Natural and left it in that condition until my granddaughter was born, I've enjoyed it since.

    Al

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    For gatorlope:

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    Thank you, Steve!
    Two Bekler castles! Now I’ve seen three! And every one is different!
    I understand, though that those doors are as distinctive as his signature...

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