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What's Your Best/Favorite Pipe Under $175 New

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    What is your favorite pipe that cost $175.00 or less, new?

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    Right now it's each my Big Ben Barbados or my Brigham Chinook 426 but I have a custom Devil Ance being made by Eric Paulson.

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    Although I've never spent as much as $175 on a pipe, quite a few of those I've had for a long time WOULD have cost more than that in today's $$$ ... a good example being a Ben Wade freehand that I bought for $100 in 1973 would cost me more than $550 in 2014 $$ ...

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    As I've built up my rotation, I've been stepping out into the world of artisan pipes, which usually run a lot higher so I can't buy as many. But, my best smokers in my rotation are my cheapest so far. Any of my Savinellis or Nordings would fit this. Hmmm, my favorite would have to be my Savinelli Piumas, small bowls, great briar aroma, and lightweight clenchers. I think I paid under $50 for each of them.

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    GBD New Era bulldog. $40 back in the late 1990s.

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    My MM Corncob

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    One of my favorites is a Johs freehand tomahawk with plateau on the brim and shank. I get that one lit,
    and I know I'm smoking a pipe. Nice wide, smooth groove in the front of the bowl, and plenty of bowl.
    It was a Christmas gift from my wife.

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    My Todd Harris Custom Bing Crosby inspired billiard, she smokes as dry as a bone and looks absolutely beautiful.
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    For me it's easy: Stanwell No.11. For some reason this shape just speaks to me, aesthetically. And performance-wise I've yet to have a bad smoke. I love the large, wide bowl and thick walls. And the quarter bend is perfect for either clenching or holding.

    I like the American version, which is basically a miniature (No. 242). But I don't understand why the original No. 11 isn't available over here. Sure, it's a filter pipe. But that's easily resolved by simply discarding the filter and experiencing a wide open draw.

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    $175 is quite high. I just have it $100.

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    Most of the pipes I have that might have cost more than $175 new were bought as estates at much lower prices. Out of 45+ pipes, I think I only have two that I actually paid more than $200 for.

    That said, my absolute favorite pipe is the Radice Underwood pictured in my avatar. I love the Underwood/New Dear (Ascorti) finish, and this pipe is a pure joy to smoke. It's dedicated to Penzance.

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    My two Ryan Alden pipes.

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    If I had to pick just one that smokes the best, it would be one of my meerschaums, an eagle claw grasping a smooth egg carved by Ahmet Govem.

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    Thanks for posting.

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    So far it is my Brighams Voyageur.

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    My Peterson System Darwin - I've never spent more than 150ish on a pipe.

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    My peterson dublin filter 106, only cost me 60euro and it is the best smoker i have along with my savinelli baronet bruyere 804ex

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    Probably my churchwarden corn cob at a whopping 11" long with a forever stem on a MM Legend.

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    My Savinelli 606 EX.

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    My Brigham Chinook 426

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    At this point, all of them...

    My sentimental favorite is still my first pipe, a Bjarne Viking Classic bent egg sitter.

    Second up would be the MM Country Gentleman given to me by another forum member, which I've converted to a Cobwarden with a Forever stem.

    Third would be my Stanwell Zebrano.



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    My Savinelli Oscar Tiger billiard.

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    At this point it's a tie between a Boswell rusticated author/tomato pipe that is killer for smoking Englishes (bought at I think right around $170 the day it was finished), and a Butz Choquin Four Star Collection I got as part of a bunch of estates I paid less than $20 for. It's awesome for La Brumeuse Semois, and it's dedicated to it!

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    Without even thinking twice it would be my Tsuge Tankard which now is approaching the 1000 smoke mark and is as fantastic as the day it was new.

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    I received a Rattray's Craggy Root 1/4 bent pot for Christmas, which, so far, has been amazing. Yes, it has the 9 mm filter, and the draw is as open as my best Castello. The pipe seems well engineered, has at least 1/3" thick chamber walls, and the Lucite bit is not too thick, making it comfortable to clench. I could find no flaws in it, even in the raw tobacco chamber. The pipe smoked wonderfully from the very first bowl, which was Solani blend 131. Not bad for less than $150.00.

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    I'd have to go with my Savinelli Duca Carlo Dublin. It's one of the only pipes I've bought new though. The best smoker in my collection is a Castello Sea Rock #17 that I paid much less than $175 for. They retail for more than $175 new, but since it was new to me when I got it that'd be my answer if estates count.

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    My Savinelli alligator 804 KS. I just love a Canadian shaped pipe.

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    Sorry Kevin, will read all of #9, less than $175 includes $1.00 pipes, didn't mean to against your rules. Will find out what I did wrong & won't do it again. Hopefully! Thank you!

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    Well, this is the one I've kept coming back to for the past 30 years. I don't think I paid much more than $60.00 for it back then.

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    Although I've never spent as much as $175 on a pipe, quite a few of those I've had for a long time WOULD have cost more than that in today's $$$ .

    That's where I'm at. I've got this really nice Stan straight grain 3/4 drop egg I won in a pipe smoking contest 30+ years ago - what would that cost, now? Or my Ser Jacopo Gepetto?
    That Stan is my best smoker, but I have an old Comoy 3/4 drop billiard - again, 30+ years old, won in a pipe smoking contest- that's my number 2.

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    Damn, that's a tough question! As the majority of my pipes fall within that range it makes it very hard to pick just one! I guess at the moment I'd have to say my NOS Nording "925" Silver Series sandblasted straight billiard w/ silver band. I think I paid $65 for it.

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    Because its in the process of being handmade, I have not smoke it yet. However, I am very much so anticipating that it will be the 14" Strider briar with maple stem at $115:

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    Some of my favorites are Sav's, $60 - $90.00 range. Then I bought a couple Radices, like them a lot, but a bit more money. And all of them from sponsors of this site.
    Reason why I posted this is because I thinned the herd by a couple and now have the "itch".
    Have a DH I love so know I can say " Been there done that & bought a t-shirt."

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    Most of Trevor Talbert's Ligne Bretagne pipes can be had for under $175 and are superior smokers made from fine, aged briar.

    Best bang for your buck available right now, in my opinion.

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    I'd have to say my best and favorite pipe under $175 would be my Peterson Rusticated Pipe of the Year 2011. It's a nice paneled semi-bent brandy that smokes wonderfully. Has a nice silver band that accents it nicely. I've never had a bad smoke with it.

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    No contest for me: I have a custom made Devil Anse by Eric Paulson that I bought in the fall for $125. Amazing smoker that is now my go to pipe.

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    A sandblasted L'Anatra Dublin with a natural finish. The cost new was $130 to $160--don't remember. Great smoker for any price.

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    What do you think of this? L'Anatra
    product_id=125205L'Antra

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    tuold: What is the shape number on that lovely Comoys?

    For myself, I don't buy many new pipes, so that narrows it down. I picked up two NOS pipes in January, it would be a toss-up between these two. A 2008 Tinsky Christmas pipe and an Ashton Old Church Rhodesian.


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    Its a tie......Peterson Dracula with system & 9mm filter(far right) & Peterson 317 Standard with system(far left)

    They are both the best smoking pipes I have ever used; and I am also a bit particle since I bought them both at the Petersons store on Grafton street in Dublin Ireland.

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