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Your Most Expensive Pipe, and Why You Paid So Much

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  1. chasingembers

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    No prices please, but with recent discussions of over the top prices paid for pipes, show the ones that you paid the most for, and give reasons why you decided to do so. They don't have to be over the top, I remember in my twenties thinking that a pipe over $30 was ridiculous. Here's mine. Third commission in with Bruce, and had been admiring blowfish for sometime.

    Bruce Weaver Fugu Blowfish

    It takes a special block to make a proper fugu blowfish. It should be straight grain, with as little flaws as possible. The carving is done crossgrain and the shape asymmetrical. A portion of Bruce Weaver's work is donated to Bright Stone, and he's a great guy and friend.

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    That's easy. Mine is this unsmoked Barling companion set made in 1907. With my interest in pipe history, the history of the British pipe industry and Barling in particular I couldn't resist the exceptionally rare opportunity to own this set.

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    Gorgeous set Jesse. Been meaning to get my hands on a Barling.

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    I think this G grade Oom Paul is my most expensive pipe, I think it was just a hair over 400 bucks.

    Nice blast, nice shape, it was my second Castello, and full bents are a favorite of mine.

    It's a great pipe, super light piece of briar and just a lovely smoker.

    and that's about top dollar for me, I think I'm pushing up against the "how nice can a pipe smoke" envelope here.

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    Gorgeous Jesse! Absolutely gorgeous. I see a set like that and ... no, no, I'm not going on the net looking for pipes. I haven't the guts. Or, the knowledge.

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    . A portion of Bruce Weaver's work is donated to Bright Stone
    I did not know that. Way to go Bruce!

    Here's mine. Basically, I had been wanting both a claw meer and a dragon meer for some time, never quite finding one that really spoke to me. And those that did speak to me were often out of the range I could afford at the time. And then this one popped up, both claw and dragon meer all in one. And it was for a price I couldn't turn down as I just happened to actually have that much on hand... which is extremely rare. I decided another one like it wasn't likely to come around when I could afford it, so I jumped on it. ">

    And I made a video of it too with the music, Mercy In Darkness and Mountains From Water by Two Steps From Hell (it's like movie score music). Enjoy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu_FsogWo6Q&index=1&list=PL9YviwW2ShM8KY1YbVbFmRmNgon-9yjBo

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    The Castello is gorgeous and the Barling set a heart-stopper! Only some women are as beautiful!

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    Anthony, that claw us why a Yanik skull has been gnawing at me.

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    Unsmoked, Sablebrush? Daaaaaaaaaaaaaang!

    Squatch that Castello is just dripping class.

    The Castello is gorgeous and the Barling set a heart-stopper! Only some women are as beautiful!
    Well, now that's just weird...

    You already know what I think of your Weavers, Duane. And that one in particular is well.... only some women are as beautiful...

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    Very Large Parks, 8.5 inches long, 3 inches tall, bought from a forum member here for 1100$, too big for him, he bought it new.

    The Old Cajun
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    Nice looking pipes! Brad, I thought you said that you never paid more than $50 for a pipe...

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    My goodness, Bradley that is lovely!

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    Jess the only one I ever paid over 50$

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    I can't see Brad's pipe.

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    Jess the only one I ever paid over 50$
    I need to take lessons from you.

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    Some lovely pipes in this thread. The craftsmanship is amazing.

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

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    Brad, that pipe of yours has a mirror-like finish; wow. My most expensive pipe is a sandblasted cutty/dublin shape that I have commissioned from Michael Parks --- it will look something like this:>

    I won't get it until Christmas 2018... but somethings are worth saving/waiting for.

    After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

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    This is my first and most expensive pipe. A Nording Great Dane freehand. I paid so much because the lady at the tobacconist shop is a great salesman!

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    The most I ever paid for a pipe was $550. It was a Dunhill group 3 red bark. After it arrived, I was underwhelmed.It seemed small and cheap. I tried selling it but no takers for even $295. Eventually, someone on this site traded me an unsmoked Castello Rhodesian for it.

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    Okay, Brad's bent billiard is now showing up. Man, that is a pretty thing!

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    Beautiful grain in that there Blow Fish!

    @Lasttango New to the pipe smoking hobby I have spent many hours looking through EBay and Smokingpipes.com trying to build a good rotation. I have played many times at the idea of owning a Dunhill, after all they are a pipe carving Legend. I have refrained thus far from pulling the trigger on such a purchase due to the fact that I would like to smoke many other carvers and shapes to really make sure I appreciate such a pipe. It seems to me that expectations are the biggest let down in life and why would it be any different in a hobby such as this. In retrospect I believe its the chase of a new pipe that makes it exciting. The reception and first use is like the thrill of gambling. The odds are better in some cases that you may have a winner and some not. The only thing better than the search for a wonderful pipe is a wonderful weed at the end of a long day and good meal.

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    My most expensive pipe is a Parks. The reason I paid so much is because it's what he said I had to pay if I wanted him to make the pipe I asked him to make.

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    My Growley that I won.

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    My most expensive pipe is a Ryan Alden smooth Rhodesian. I purchased it because Ryan really doesn't make too many smooth pipes, it's his highest grade and it's an just gorgeous. I may seek counseling for my man-crush.

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    My Gamboni pipe is my most expensive pipe at $500 even. I enjoy it but not as much as my middle range pipes, I’m just too worried about breaking it, so I only smoke it in safe conditions.

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    Pretty sure my most expensive "new" pipe is the 4♧ Becker Dublin.
    Some pipes I've bought as estates MAY have been more expensive when they were new.

    That said, some of my favorite smokers cost a hell of a lot less.

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    If someone could identify the last two tasty-looking tobacco blends, I would be most grateful.

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    A Rinaldo Lithos Silver Line (SL-8) (KKK) rusticated squat bulldog. A previous Rinaldo acquisition impressed me so much that I was easy prey when this one came along in my favorite shape, with all the right dimensions for me. $347, which is about as high as I'd go for a factory pipe (I think.)

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    A Castello Old Antiquari Freehand Bent Dublin. I saw this pipe at the NASPC Show in Columbus this year and thought "It's the perfect pipe!" I loved the size, shape, blast, and bit on this one. I handled it several times, but didn't buy it. After months of not being able to get it out of my mind, I called the shop and they still had it. After a bit of haggling, I pulled the trigger, and I'm glad I did!

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    Really interesting original post and thread. I want to go back and study it more. I've never shot the moon on a pipe. My fascination has been applying fierce shopping to finding the best smoking pipes at the lowest possible prices. This often involves long-term roving online and spotting special discounts and sales. My likely highest priced pipe, a Ferndown, was sent to me by a Forums member. My highest priced purchase was a Ser Jacopo blast Dublin with a serpentine shank and stem that I bought on sale from SPC for (as I recall) PRICE DELETED per original post ... couldn't touch it today. My wild abandon was because I'd made the sale of a literary work and wanted to celebrate. SPC lived up to the moment in offering this. A recent purchase was a Tsuge "tasting pipe," a full size blast straight billiard, at PC for $39.99, which exhibits all of the fit and finish of their considerably more expensive lines.

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    Some real beauties showing up here. Loving the stories behind them.

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    @deathmetal I'm 99% sure the tobacco in my pic is Gawith Best Brown.

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    The most expensive pipe I have ever owned was this Former Dublin. It had a retail of 960.00 back in 1999 or 2000. I of course never paid that price( paid 240.00 worth of Cuban cigars for it).

    My most expensive pipe is this Rad Davis Calabash(450.00).

    Harris
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    I have many expensive pipes. Why do I buy them ? Because I like them and can afford to buy them.

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    Two excellent reasons headhunter

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    How much? $500

    Why did I pay so much?

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    Those are all fantastic pipes, but you should all be ashamed of yourselves (for being able to post pics when us technically challenged folks are unable to).

    My most expensive is the Baki in my avatar, but you'll just have to use a magnifying glass if you want a closer look.

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    By Scott Klein. Not my most expensive pipe, but it's based on a really expensive pipe (Lars Ivarsson)

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    I don't have the funds for buying expensive pipes, and I haven't ever spent $100 or more. My most expensive is a Ser Jacopo Picta Magritte, which I paid $90 for as an estate pipe. Why? I really like the Picta pipe series as I love the art that they represent. Way out of my price range for new and even the used pipes of these series. It had a few dings, scrapes, and the top of the bowl was messed up, but I still love it and it smokes great!

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    Technically, the most expensive pipe in my collection is a Castello Collection Great Line Bent Dublin (5) (KKKK); but I didn't pay the retail value.

    The Deities of the Leaf smile down upon the Faithful, perhaps, once in a jitter-monkey's lifetime.

    A local pipe collector (and retired doctor) likes to trade certain pipes in his collection for store credit; you know, when he's not enjoying the smoke, is bored, tired of looking at it, etc... or if he's just never smoked it, and has lost interest... (regardless of my misleading description, he's quite a nice gentleman).

    This particular shop has a 50% resale value of the suggested retail of a pipe that they sell as an 'estate.' Most of the pipes are in a condition that half the retail cost is reasonable, other times it's over-priced, but sometimes you get a deal.

    Some young gentleman bought the unsmoked Castello at the estate price; however, when he got it home, his wife was not pleased with his good fortune, so he attempted to return it back to the shop. Well, estates usually have an 'as is' sell's policy, but the shop worked something out with the second owner.

    Now, here's where it gets interesting: since the pipe was already sold as an estate at half retail, the shop resold it at half the previous estate price. So, basically, a Costello Great Line--complete with original sock, box, and paperwork--was selling for 25% the retail cost.

    I was in the right place at the right time; I smoked a sacrificial bowl of Early Morning Pipe in praise to the pipe gods for their blessings.

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    I have many expensive pipes. Why do I buy them ? Because I like them and can afford to buy them.

    Not quite what the thread is about. Talking about the ones that went above what you would normally consider paying, and why you decided to do that. No prices please though.

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    My most expensive pipe is in transit. I bought one of Foggy’s Dunhills for my 40th bday. Seemed fitting to buy something out of my price range. It’s an Amber Root Prince 4407.

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    My most expensive pipe is in transit. I bought one of Foggy’s Dunhills for my 40th bday. Seemed fitting to buy something out of my price range. It’s an Amber Root Prince 4407.

    4407 is a great author shape. Foggy had a great collection, and a great piece for your birthday!

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    A Blatter rhodesian commission as I was unable to get a GBD 9438 or 9242.

    I also had one sandblasted straight rhodesian pipe made for a bit less, like warships they look better when paired.

    Those two are my most expensive but they look very nice to me and more importantly, smoke like a dream.

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    Blatter turns out so many lovely pieces. Didn't realize they did commissions, going to have to remember that!

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    chasingembers

    They have that old school feel, their store is a piece of pipe making history. Those three gentlemen are always there for their customers, Montreal wouldn't be the same without them. The prices are quite affordable, especially for our US neighbors and also for Euro paying Europeans.

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    Thanks for the tip. May look them up for a yacht shape commission.

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    Here it is bigger. Not much bigger, admittedly.

    Did you try another browser?

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    jayski :

    I have played many times at the idea of owning a Dunhill, after all they are a pipe carving Legend.

    All of your comment was quotable, but this part stood out for me.
    I felt the very same way in the first year I found this forum which coincided with my first year of piping.
    Consequently, I did find 'the hunt' for good pipe values on the auction site to be a focus of my attention for many happy hours.
    A Dunhill was won for $67.00, and it was not in bad shape, except that the stem didn't have a dot. It was a replacement.
    That wouldn't do. I read up on replacement stems for Dunhill and found that there was one 'certified' Dunhill replacement guy and I sent the pipe to him for the 'real deal'. The 'real deal' cost me more than the pipe!

    I didn't even smoke this thing for over a year or more, but once maybe. I was hanging on to it as an 'investment', thinking I could 'make money' selling it for more than I'd paid.

    But, I realized that as long as it sat in my rack, that itch for acquiring what seemed the most iconic brand and yes even model (a 1954 1/2 bent Shellbriar) was gone, absent, satisfied.

    So, now I rotate that sucker, and it's fun to smoke. It is my 'most expensive' pipe, too!

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    This is mine, a Peterson sandblast army spigot XL 23.
    I buyed it from an Irish seller and I choosed it because naturally I liked it and because they were offering it at a nice price.

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    I commissioned a JT Cooke in Celebration of my first born son

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    Descending from a great lineage of tightwads, I don't expect to ever own a stable full of thoroughbreds.

    That being said, I usually manage to satisfy my "champagne" tastes using my "beer" budget.

    I've not yet broken the C-Note barrier for a pipe acquisition, but have kept myself satisfied, nonetheless.

    Falcon, Big Ben, Missouri Meerschaum, Stanwell, Savinelli, Briar Works, Viking Classic and Hilson Vintage.

    In that ascending order, I have enjoyed them all. Add them all together to equal one stately purchase...

    Gunner, Black Frigate. Say "Hello" to my little friend!
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    If someone could identify the last two tasty-looking tobacco blends, I would be most grateful

    The one I posted was Ye Olde Signe.

    I LOVE that JT Cooke, 7ach!

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    @ Mso489 In my profile picture I am smoking a Tsuge: Tokyo sitter. I absolutely love that pipe! So far I am a huge fan of Tsuge. I plan on purchasing another when I find one that catches my eye and isn't way outside of my price range. One day I may even treat my self to a Ikebana.

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    Tim and George tied for first!

    Elsewhere, couple of very expensive pipes I wouldn't own. Just ugly to my eyes.

    My most expensive pipe is an estate Barling spigot. I paid "so much" for it because I wanted it.

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    Here is one of my "most expensive" pipes. SP kicked off my PAD this morning with their 15% off. Always wanted a Scott Klein pipe, so Happy New Year to me

    So this is my first attempt at posting a picture. Clearly not very successful, LOL
    Please help!!

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    Probably has to be this Prevost

    Runner up is my one and only

    No special reason other than I had the extra funds at the time and I like Artisan pipes. These caught my fancy and the stars aligned.

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    Tim and George tied for first!

    Elsewhere, couple of very expensive pipes I wouldn't own. Just ugly to my eyes.

    Not so much a contest, but after the Chonowitsch thread debate, just wanted a thread to show why someone would go above their "normal" price for a pipe.

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    Mine is a Manz. It's a good accident.

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    chasing, I forgot to say why I bought my most expensive pipe so here is the reason. It was a Rad Davis shape that I did not have and I love a good Calabash. After getting it I told Rad I was thinking about doing a 7 day set of them. Then he had to go and retire on my sorry ass, I was definitely upset when he announced that. I am just glad I at least got the one.

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    Mine would be an estate bent Shell Briar Dunhill. All things considered it was a steal and it has been my absolute favorite since the first smoke. I had bought a couple relatively reasonably priced Dunhill estate pipes and then just fell in love with this bent group 4. Searching for a good deal on an estate pipe has always been a joy in itself and I've never regretted going above my usual budget a little to get this one.

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    It was a Dunhill Group 4 for me. Great looking pipe and smoker.

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    my most expensive pipes have been commisioned Rhodesian pipes from Michael Kyriazanos.I am sorry to say that the blowfish does nothing for me but that cased Barlings WOW
    I really love classic shapes

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    Right now my most expensive pipe is a Peterson Pipe of the Year 2012. I got it because that was the year I graduated the local Pipefitter's Union program.

    I'm actually right now in the process of scaling down the number of pipes in my collection and scaling up the quality.

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    Well you asked so my most expensive pipe was made by the man that owned it before me Bo Nordh. A lovely apple with buffalo horn accent and it smokes just perfectly. That should also satisfy the why did I buy it part too.
    banjo

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    I love how, after all the wild freehands that he made, Bo Nordh's personal pieces were beautifully simple.

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    ^^ that is going to be the most expensive pipe I own. When banjo decides to sell it . Awesome pipe and provenance.

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    Mine is a Manz. It's a good accident.

    Just noticed the geometry on that. Wow!

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