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Keep a pipe unsmoked?

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    I recently bought an LHS Purex Superfine. It has never been smoked and it is probably around 50 years old. I can't bring myself to be the first one to smoke it so it will probably stay as is. Does anyone else keep an older pipe unsmoked?

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    Nice pipe, smoke it and enjoy it, pipes are made for smoking.

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    Smoke it. It could be the best one ever.

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    In a concurrent thread, I talk about a NOS Comoy's I picked up in November. When it arrived at my house and I unwrapped it, I did think for a moment that this pipe would have greater value if it remained unsmoked, then I thought "bet this'll be a flake smoking machine" and I fired her up. I think pipes are made for smoking. Enjoy your new acquisition! Bet it'll be a great smoker.

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    I bought a pipe new and it was much larger in capacity that I would smoke so it remained unsmoked by me and I then traded it toward another pipe that was unsmoked by its previous owner and I've happily smoked it. I would only keep a pipe in an unsmoked condition if it did not fit my smoking needs other than that a match would find the tobacco in its bowl.

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    That pipe has waited 50 years for the right smoker to come along.

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    I bought a unsmoked AAL BORG FREEHAND 2 years ago and I didn't smoke until this year's new year day.
    Now I enjoy to smoke so much and really regret that I didn't smoke before.
    I could enjoy past 2 year with a nice pipe. Well your choice is yours.

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    Thanks for the push guys. I will definitely break it in once the weather warms up a bit.

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    Smoke it!! That pipe will look great on a shelf, but is that why it was made?

    Through the years I too have been inclined to buy 'precious' things and keep them in pristine condition. But with age, I have come to realize that all this has gotten me is a house full of stuff. I vowed recently to stop purchasing 'museum pieces' and start enjoying what I have. You only live once. Enjoy it.

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    The best thing about pipes is that smoked or unsmoked they don't really lose much value if kept in good condition.


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    I have a highlander meer that hasn't been smoked. I am in the same boat having to bring myself to smoke it. I love the white. I keep thinking about it but once smoked you can never go back. Having said that if you are keeping it for percieved resell value don't bother. Unsmoked won't bring that much more.

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    +1 on everything said so far. I have a few unsmoked pipes, some that have been sitting around for more than 25 years, but that's only because I haven't gotten around to smoking them – yet. That pipe of yours has been waiting for the right smoker to come along, and you da man! Unless, of course, you're running a museum, in which you should p.m. me for my address, because I have a hands-on working museum where it will fit just fine.

    Eric
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    I will put it in the rotation. The classic American brands are the ones I collect so it was unusual to find one unsmoked. I have some with light wear, but never had one unsmoked so I was having an argument with myself on what to do with it.

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    I collect pipes in memory of my dad who was a pipe smoker. I do not smoke so I prefer to have unsmoked pipes. When i first started collecting I bought some presmoked estates. I later decided to sell most of them since they were already smoked so they could be used by other pipe smokers.

    I still have some of the pipes my dad smoked which I will always keep.

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    I can imagine any habit of smoking or not smoking your pipes, or smoking some and not others.
    If you want to have a collection of pipes in pristine condition, in addition to your stable of smoking
    pipes, that's fine too. Personally, my only reason for owning pipes is for smoking. I guess if I had
    to stop smoking, I'd keep them as a collection, but I don't think I would buy any more.

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    I can imagine any habit of smoking or not smoking your pipes, or smoking some and not others.
    If you want to have a collection of pipes in pristine condition, in addition to your stable of smoking
    pipes, that's fine too.

    That sums me up. I have a couple pipes that haven't seen a match. I have enough pipes to smoke of the same brand, shape and size that I want to keep a few new.

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    To smoke or not to smoke, that is the question. Everyone here is in agreement so far, so I'll go the contrary route.
    Until a few days ago, I didn't buy a pipe that I would not smoke. There are a few that I have yet to put a match to, but I know that one of these days, I will light them up.
    But I just bought a "museum piece" that was simply too nice to ignore. It's a 1907 Barling companion set and it is unsmoked. I have no need nor desire to smoke it. I can appreciate it as a window on a long gone era and enjoy the makers' craft just as it came from the pipeworks 107 years ago. I have a few other pipes from that era that have seen use and I enjoy smoking them.

    The best thing about pipes is that smoked or unsmoked they don't really lose much value if kept in good condition.

    Not in this case. Unsmoked sets from that era are rarer than honest politicians. Touch fire and the value drops enormously. This is a completely different corner of the hobby.
    I also just picked up a nice 1940's Pre_Trans Barling Canadian that has been smoked only a few times. I'll be firing it up after I've cleaned it.

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    Pipe collecting is growing and the older pipes are increasing in value. The Artisan pipes are moving up at a nice pace. IMO you should decide if this is a pipe you acquired to smoke or collect. A single bowl smoked out of a pipe will reduce its value. Being mint has the rarity factor and worth much more to the non-smoking collector, but pipes are meant to be smoked. The double edged sword.

    I plan on having both, and just make the decision at the start and not torture myself.

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    Interesting question - one i never considered. I buy every pipe to smoke.

    Esse Quam Videri - to be rather than to seem
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    I have 3 old unsmoked Mastercrafts in the boxes and a few others that will not see fire.

    I will give up my pipe when they pry my cold dead fingers off of it!
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    I know that some have very strong opinions against people who collect unsmoked pipes and don't smoke them. I just wish that I had the disposable income to do that. I have seen some pipes that I wouldn't mind having and keeping as a work of art, but of course I wish that I had the income to actually collect more art in general.

    What someone else does with a pipe that they buy is their business, but I will set idly by seething in my jealousy of those that can afford to do this. However, as Brian pointed out in one of the recent radio shows, you're not going to get a great return for your money on any pipe. You are way better off investing in something with a much better return on your investment.

    Knowing that the pipe will not increase drastically or rapidly enough to out run inflation, is it still worth it to you to not smoke? There are some pipes that I have seen that I think that I would still like to own and collect without smoking, but is this particular pipe going to bring you joy in just owning? I think that is the million dollar question.

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    I personally would feel weird if I had pipes and didn't smoke them. I am most decidedly not a collector as such. But I have no problem with those who buy these things for their rarity, historical and aesthetic value, and beauty. It's just a different sport than buying solely to smoke. Some people buy tools to fix things, to hammer nails and turn screws. Some collect vintage tools from days gone by and wouldn't dream of using them. Both are ok by me.

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    To me personally, it wouldn't matter if it were a $16,000 unsmoked Bo Nordh, I would smoke the hell out of it! I could never leave a pipe unsmoked, but to each his own.

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    is this particular pipe going to bring you joy in just owning? I think that is the million dollar question.

    This set absolutely is one of those. And, that's why I chose to buy it, even though I'm not going to smoke it.

    However, as Brian pointed out in one of the recent radio shows, you're not going to get a great return for your money on any pipe. You are way better off investing in something with a much better return on your investment.

    Not why I bought it. But in the instance of these particularly old and rare pieces, those rules don't apply. You won't see these kinds of items on eBay, except by rare and happy accident. It's personal introductions and private transactions.
    As for other investments, on average and over time, there are very few passive investments that actually make you money.

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    As for other investments, on average and over time, there are very few passive investments that actually make you money.

    Gold and silver, my mediums of choice But, yes, even they are risky.

    I wasn't exactly addressing you, sablebrush, as I would assume that you would know your risks after I've heard you're excellent interview. I was just asking in general.

    I have seen and held pipes that I would probably never want to smoke for practical reasons, but just intrigue me enough to want to possess .

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    Hi Cosmic,

    This purchase is an anomaly for me. I don't buy pipes that I'm not going to smoke. I just did that, so now I can't say that. One other part in this situation that made the purchase fun for me is that this set is in the Barling catalog that I restored and published. So it's cool to actually have an example from that catalog.

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    saddle, those pipes of yours sound very cool and I totally get why you would not smoke those, I wouldn't either. I buy all my pipes to smoke but who knows, one day I could buy one that I thought was rare and just wanted to look at it.

    I think everyone should do what they are comfortable with and if that means keeping pipes to look at, go for it.

    Harris
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    I have several pipes that are unsmoked and will stay that way. To me they are more prized this way.

    John
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    Personally, I have no pipe that I haven't smoked, until today. My pre-1954 unsmoked Kaywoodie showed up. I'm fairly certain I'll be smoking this one, as even given it's age, it just isn't that valuable. But, I will save the first light for a special occasion, I'm thinking my youngest daughters wedding in New Orleans this summer (her future husband is getting an 70's unsmoked GBD from me as a wedding day gift. Hopefully we can enjoy breaking in two old soldiers together.

    Jesse: I think that I remember seeing that set. I hope you will do a thread on them.

    Al

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    Hi Al,

    It's a recent purchase. I'll take some pix when I get time and post them to the Show Me Your Barlings pipe porn thread. As for waxing poetic about the set, I suspect that the members would rather gnaw their wrists open, or more likely mine, than endure that.

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    Hmm, I suspect many members will look forward to that update!

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    I suspect many members will look forward to that update!

    +1 I am one of those eagerly looking forward to it.

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    I'm heading North to enjoy a special festival marking the centenary of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character. It's being presented by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival at the Castro Theater. When I get back I'll take some pix and post images of the set.

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