New Rattray's Distillery 109 - Small hole in Briar

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Jun 4, 2022
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Gentlemen - Please give me your input on a new Rattrays I received today. It has a small hole in the briar which seems superficial and not all the way through. Clearly a weak spot. Would you keep this pipe or return it? I appreciate the insight! 
 

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Dec 3, 2021
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The Distillery series are natural, unfinished pipes—I’m guessing they don’t fill them. It depends on if you consider this part of the pipe’s uniqueness and can live with it, or prefer something without such a deep hole. If it truly bothers you, return it—staring at it won’t change its condition (I learned this from book collecting). If you can embrace the “flaw” and see it as a nice attribute, keep it.
 
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BDIC

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Feb 15, 2021
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I'm normally not picky and willing to accept a lot but even I don't think I'd be able to live with this. Example, I got a Nording tall poker recently that does have some flaws which can be felt but not seen due to the rustication and staining. I'm fine with that. On something like this that I"m going to see all the time, probably not.
 
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midwestpipesmoker70

Can't Leave
Nov 28, 2011
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I am not familiar with this series but if it is a raw series and pretty affordable then maybe it is what it is. I have a couple of the Morgan Bones pipes. They have flaws but are fine smokers and very reasonably priced. They range between 40 and 55 bucks. If you paid more and were expecting more, then I would return it.
 

kcghost

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May 6, 2011
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It is not likely to burn out so there's little risk in smoking it. It would have been nice if you told us how much it cost. Like several guys have said if it didn't cost too much you should at least try smoke it. If you spent an amount that makes this uncomfortable then send it back.