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Meerschaum Quality

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  1. hodirty

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    I purchased a pipe from royal meerschaum pies, and it smokes excellent. I paid less than $20 for it, but am curious whether they sell good quality or poor. Anyone know anything about them?

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    Never heard of Royal Meerschaum, but that doesn't mean much. If it smokes well, though, I'm assuming it's good quality. . . ?

    But at $20 I don't see how it can be block meerschaum, which is considered the best kind of meerschaum. If it's not block, then it's likely a composite of meerschaum. It may still smoke fine, but it won't likely color over time the same way a block meerschaum would.

    Anyone else?

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    No experience with them, sorry. But I will say that I have a pressed meerschaum billiard that I bought while in college that I love. It's made in a way that I haven't seen again, where the meerschaum is actually pressed around a wood core, then carved into the bulldog shape. The stem is yellow plastic, the tenon/mortise joints are metal. I didn't pay much for it -- $14 new, this was back in the late 60s.

    This pipe has a signature creaminess that I wish all meerschaums could emulate.

    Anyway, back to the topic -- if it smokes great, that's all that matters, really.

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    Thanks guys. I guess it really doesnt matter what quality it is if it smokes good, well in this case.

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    I am not a meerschaum expert, but I personally consider new meerschaum pipes under $150 to be rather suspect.

    (With that said, there is nothing stopping a shyster from charging $300 for a flawed meer; dealing exclusively with "reputable" carvers/vendors is the only real "protection" against that, but its far from perfect)

    If you find an inexpensive meerschaum, though, it is really a crapshoot.

    It could be a great little smoker or a worthless piece of junk.

    If its resale value and collectibility that you are after, though, you are better served by playing it safe and buying a recognized brand.

    Still, dishonest sellers try to sucker people with fakes all the time. The meerschaum pipe market is really shady at times, IMO.

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