I bought a new Morta (bogwood) pipe last week, simply because I'd never tried one. It is a stunning piece of work from master-carver Chris Askwith. It looks beautiful, is amazingly light - an easy clench, has a lovely hand-feel and needs no running-in.
As advised by Chris, I tried it with Latakia-containing blends, in this case my SG and GH Balkans. He was right - the perfect partnership!
If you haven't seen the photo of Roth's Morta pipe, search it out. It is more than a pipe, it is a work of art. As for me, the Ashton below is my latest acquisition and I doubt I'll be able to get better.
I jumped on a Stanwell Sixtus billiard a month ago. This is going to be my last purchase for a long while, as I really want to focus on stocking tobacco, not to mention the fact that I'm back at school and have more expenses to think about.
My new Stanwell (to celebrate being gainfully employed again) was my most recent purchase (well, not counting the Walker Briar Works Forever Stem that I got right around the same time). I'm planning another purchase in the next few months, as I could use a good briar for English/Lat blends...
O my, I'm getting chill bumps with all these great pipes, and the pipe pictures are a real plus. If you do have pictures then please post them with your latest pipe purchases. Also might I add that any new purchases that you guys make in the future come here and post again, this will help keep this thread alive. Thanks so much
P.S. I will also be using this thread to help guid me in my next pipe purchase. Thanks again.
my latest purchase. Nording Valhalla 200 bulldog. I really like bulldogs without the bead lines. I broke it in with Escudo. The pipe made my first experiences with Escudo very pleasant. I decided to make it a VA pipe. My other VA pipes are a Nording Moss F freehand (below) and a Savinelli Morino Prince. The nording freehand has a deep, conical bowl that makes it great for VAs, and I've also been playing around with layering 2 different tobaccos. I've found that I like a VAPer on top, and a mild VA on bottom (like PS LTF)