Here is my new Penn Valley Clay pipe. It is a marbled "Dutch Gouda" style. It smokes entirely different from any briar, cob or meerschaum I've ever smoked. It is quite neat and just plain fun to smoke!
I've been eyeing clay pipes for a while now. I've been thinking about purchasing a tavern pipe (which is what I believe they call the really long ones), something to take me back to a time when smoking a pipe was still new, sort of like I am in the hobby at this time. Yours is quite nice but I think I'm going for a plain one.
Here's mine (Sherlock). I feel like you have an unfair head start on coloring....but I've smoked this guy plenty so it's getting closer to black. I love mine, hope yours doesn't break anytime soon (my first clay lasted ~5 weeks)
That's a great looking pipe you have there. I have three clays, one like yours (except without the coloring), one TD style that I found in an antique shop, and a Pamplin with a reed stem. Great smokers all. The only issue I have with my clays is the size of the draft hole on the one like yours, where it's big enough to draw bits of tobacco and ash up the stem and into my mouth. I haven't yet been able to bring myself to the point where I'd be willing to go into a head shop and pick up a packet of pipe screens.
I love Clay pipes, and that marble is gorgeous. Is it worth picking one up? I understand they are fragile but if they smoke well then I might try grabbing one since I baby my pipes anyway. I love my briars don't get me wrong but my most successful smoker is my Cob, so i'm wondering if the clay will give another great hassle free smoke?
Thanks guys! It is a great smoker, my only problems are the same as most clays. They are fragile and excruciatingly hot and at the end of the bowl you suck alot of ash through. Other than that I have no complaints. It offeres a clean, unaltered taste in the tobbacco. Ive loved nightcap for months, and it felt like I had never truly understood the complexity of the blend untill I smoked it in my clay. For less than $20 including shipping, a great deal. I just have to be extra careful with it. Oh, and pipeshoppe.com sent it in two days as well. Great service. Again thanks all for your kind words. Id reccomend every pipe smoker to give one a shot.