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OMG...the most expensive pipe I have ever seen!

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  1. crazyhog

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    It sure is beautiful, but c'mon!

    https://www.alpascia.com/en/prodotto/39028/dunhill-namiki-two-carps-limit

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    Expensive and ugly

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    You spelled fugly wrong.

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    “Free gift wrapping is included”

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    I think you can see who the target market is...

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    Gorgeous art work. The video is excellent. Not made for the Western market, that's for sure. It'll find a great home in Japan would be my guess.

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    There are far more expensive than that, believe it or not.

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    And who it is not: us ham & eggers!

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    Hmmm...that kind of eastern enamel aesthetic (called cloisonné) is used to great effect in many media, but it looks jarringly out of place here. Perhaps it would feature better on a less traditional shape? Perhaps on the underside of a substantial volcano; an elegant marriage of audacious carving and delicate finish. Less contrast between the motif and the pipe finish would help too - say, the fish figures in outline?

    Not my cup of Jasmine Green.

    Edit; Warren, you're quite right. I hadn't noticed the video and it is lovely.

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    Well...nothing to carp at...

    But couldn't they wipe the fingerprints off the rim before making the video? The best thing about it is the music track.

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    Well...nothing to carp at...

    But couldn't they wipe the fingerprints off the rim before making the video?

    We're seeing Starbucks cups on medieval trestle tables in Game of Thrones, how picky can we be.

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    Seems pricey for some carp....And that's $18,455 for a pipe! In the immortal word of the great American philosopher Bart Simpson, "Aye carramba!" On the upside, this pipe is a value! I can save a whopping $4060 because I live outside the European Co-Prosperity Sphere. But, still, it's carp on a pipe....

    Cheers,

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    Eh, it doesn’t do a lot for me.

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    “Free gift wrapping is included”
    Al Pascia does that will all their pipes. It's a nice touch.

    The video is excellent.
    Al Pascia does that with some of their pipes. My pipes from there have videos as well. It's also a nice touch.


    We're seeing Starbucks cups on medieval trestle tables in Game of Thrones, how picky can we be.
    I believe the cup in question contained a green tea. I thought that was also a nice touch

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    WOW! That's a lot of money for a fugly cheap looking pipe.


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    Maki-e is one of the few purely aesthetic enhancements I would ever be willing to pay for if I had the money.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hn8jVZ0yCko

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    OMG...the most expensive pipe I have ever seen!

    3.5 million for this one.

    Dunhill Eiffel Tower Pipe

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    Definitely for an Eastern market, and I'm sure they will get it too.

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    I love the Japanese lacquer techniques. They will use pure tree gums and crystals to adhere gold foil to the surface and then many layers of transparent stains made from these all natural gums and crystals layered up to create a textured surface. So, it is real gold and these tree gums. It is quite amazing to see such details, and probably not appreciated as much in this world of digital printers and commercial instant poof things.

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    Yeah, there are some that are tons more, but good grief, seriously?? If some foo-uhl wants it, it's his/her/its money; mine? 'Nnnnnnup.

    $18,455 for a pipe

    $18.4K my hind leg! That's going on $22.5K if it's a dime, unless my currency converter is 180-off!

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    Bill,

    The pipe is 18,400 Yankee dollars if you live outside the European Co-Prosperity Sphere. If you live inside the bubble, you get to pay 18% VAT bringing your total to 22,500 Yankee dollars. Either way, it's laughable. Pipes are for smoking. If you want sculpture, buy a Remington.

    Cheers,

    Chili

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    I think that lacquer Dunhill is cool looking. The 3.5 million dollar pipe is a tad ostentatious.

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    I’d never buy a pipe that looks like that, or costs as much as that... but I think the lacquer work itself is beautiful. It does look very odd on that billiard though, doesn’t it? A koi motif such as that deserves to be on a more flowing, sinuous, elegant sort of shape. Oh well, I’m sure it will be someone’s crown jewel soon enough. Better them than me!

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    Someone could attach a briar and stem to the corner of the frame on a Monet painting and get ten million dollar pipe, but is that for the pipe? Same with an eight carat diamond or a classic Lambro roadster. At any price point, to some high-flyers, this is discretionary spending. At least Bill and Melinda try to be wise and beneficial with their billions, to whatever degree they succeed or don't.

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    The "deep clear" finish is called Urushi. A laborious lacquer process that involves many layers and lots of polishing.

    More info for those interested:

    http://www.pipemakersforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=12000

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    That pipe would make a great bonsai planter for Duane.

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    Trouty!

    It's really a prepossessing pipe. I've seen uber-fugly, absolute wastes of briar being praised to no end, yet this one gets all the rotten tomatoes? Hmm, guess it's more like sour grapes for not being able to afford it?

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    Does that include a skid if Stone Haven, Penzance, & McClelland 40th Aniv?

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    If it were branded a peterson and was $50 i still wouldn't buy it.

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    It's a "Le Pipe" all gussied up!!

    In any event, no more carping 'bout prices, huh?

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    The lacquer technique that the Japanese artisans use is beautiful. But, if they use urushi, and you are sensitive to urushoil (poison Ivy, oak, etc), don't bother. I had a fountain pen made using urushi and celluloid ... Had to sell it as my hands would swell when I used it.

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    I guess I’m more of a tobacco guy. I’m also a guy without the disposable income to even consider such a pipe, so it’s kinda moot

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    Well, yeh! I cannot imagine if I could afford this pipe that I could justifyspending that much... No way.

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    If I saw a pipe that looked like that in a shop for $ 50 US I wouldn’t buy it.

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    But how does it smoke?

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    Once you get past the lacquered chamber, it's fine.....

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    Think I'm going draw two fish with a Sharpie on this brand new Country Gentleman cob that I bought.

    I'll translate Country Gentleman into Japanese and put it on ebay for $9,500 and see what happens.

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  38. warren

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    If I saw a pipe that looked like that in a shop for $ 50 US I wouldn’t buy it.

    At fifty bucks I'd snap it up in a second. The return on my investment would be a grand thing indeed! Even if I priced it for a quick sale a two grand.

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    Aesthetically, I don't really see much difference between the artwork on this pipe and the old European porcelain bowl pipes.

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    Ludicrous is the word that comes to mind!

    Actual value might be realized when it’s somebody’s estate pipe.

    Now, how much do you spend on tobacco for that baby?

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    Man, if this was only a bent pipe I'd jump on it!

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    I'll go ahead and dissent by saying I think it's actually a fairly beautiful pipe.

    Tsuge has a series somewhat similar that I have almost bought. It is more a matter of finding one, probably an estate, for the right price.

    The Tsuge pales in comparison to the Dunhill and if I had that level of money I certainly wouldn't feel bad about buying it.

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    I’ve seen one from this line at the Dunhill trunk show at Iwan Ries. It was on a motorized turntable. Not for me, but who am I to judge? Anyway, the one I saw was a cheapie at $7500.

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    The pipe definitely looks beautiful. But I do not want to smoke it. Put on the shelf for decoration, yes.

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    I don't like decorated pipes.

    If there is embellishments I prefer when they are integral part of the pipe rather than put on.
    Bamboo, horn and other materials works well with briar but paint and jewels?
    No way Jose..

    Posted 3 days ago #

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