I think that there is a burn/return analysis which ought to be contemplated. The crack in your pipe is most unfortunate. Maybe a good restorer can fix it. However, at what cost? Moreover, any pipe of mine which has been repaired always reminds me that it has, in fact, been damaged and repaired. I cannot unsee it. The good news is that, unlike many briar pipes, Meerschaum is relatively inexpensive both new and estate. I realize that everyone's financial situation is different and this question can be answered by you alone. However, for around $155.00 you can buy a brand new smooth block Meer from Meerschaum Market with free shipping. It may be worth considering. Take care.