Well, quite honestly, you won't know. With the exception of the little mini-pipes, I don't believe there is a great deal of pressed meerschaum on the market, especially from the reputable makers. The good news is, apparently, the smoking qualities are identical.Goose55 wrote: ↑Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:46 am
As Rusty said, might be a good idea for you to look at the hard African meerschaum that used to come out of the Manx factory. I swear by the Barlings. Well drilled, good pipes that have been hardened to survive field use.