I read about cured and aged briar, and every Marxman (plus all my 7 and 5 pointed star Lees and 4 hole stinger Kaywoodies) have spent over 70 summers and 70 winters aging.
Four smokes, turned my Marxman carved panel Prince from tan to brown, and only the very first bowl had a slight, and not unpleasant, briar taste at the bottom.
Were fresh Marxman pipes as good when they were new, as they are today after three quarters of a century aging?
I kind of doubt it, although I have no way to know.
Algerian briar is softer, than other regional briars. It’s lighter and far less dense. A Marxman changes from light tan to dark brown so quickly because the smoke is permeating all the way through the briar and the outside finish is trapping the tars, exactly as a meerschaum colors.
The sap and tannins have evaporated over the years.
Pipes and women are both overvalued on their beauty. It was difficult to put lipstick and make up on Algerian briar. That is why Kaywoodie and Lee likely never used it, except for the Kaywoodie “Suntan”, and I’ve never seen one.
My early morning smoke is PS Luxury Navy Flake in this massive D sized smooth Jumbo. Pipes cannot smoke better than a Marxman.
And a few of the best of them look good, as well.
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