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Fun Things About Meerschaums I've Learned

Post by hugodrax » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:26 pm

They're fun and frustrating. I'm convinced they're magic: some color like lightning, some don't ever really do anything but turn a tinge, and you can't predict what any given one will do. Most color from the shank, then bottom up. Some color all over. I have one that colors in little crackly spots that gradually fill in.

If you like a tobacco in a briar, you may be disabused of the notion with a meerschaum. I don't, for instance, like McClelland Virginia's in a briar but they mellow in a meerschaum. Perique is amplified. Think you don't like rich aromatics? Try them in a meer. BLWB is boss hog.

I thought I hated Latakia. Love it in a meer, but only full rich oriental stuff. Light latakia mixtures become resinous tasting, like pine needles. Maltose Falcon is a guilty pleasure in a briar--its Jacquins Ginger Brandy in a meer, minus the sweetness. It's like chewing a stick of raw ginger.

I've come to the conclusion that I love the damned things and I cant explain why. Then again, I always liked my old Alfa Romeo, too. I think I like to tame the beast and don't mind a constant learning curve.
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Re: Fun Things About Meerschaums I've Learned

Post by DepartedLight » Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:42 pm

How do I help the draw? All 3 of my meers have sucky draws, The Rhodie is the least infected. The poker is like the Typhoid Mary of crappy draws. But, I love it.

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Post by hugodrax » Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:29 pm

Well, if you cant learn to smoke, you take a drill bit/file to it. Same as a briar.
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Post by UncleBob » Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:43 am

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How do I help the draw? All 3 of my meers have sucky draws, The Rhodie is the least infected. The poker is like the Typhoid Mary of crappy draws. But, I love it.

Help me, Hugo.

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Post by coco » Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:53 pm

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Well, if you cant learn to smoke, you take a drill bit/file to it. Same as a briar.
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Post by hugodrax » Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:13 pm

coco wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:53 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:29 pm
Well, if you cant learn to smoke, you take a drill bit/file to it. Same as a briar.
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Post by Bloodhound » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:24 pm

Are there some brands of Meers that we should look for...I see a lot of what I suspect are junky-pressed-garbage. What should a person expect to pay for a quality Meer? I have interest, but it has a price limit :)
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Post by gaining_age » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:50 pm

Might be time to pick up my CPS meer-- out of the fiddle case. This thread intrigues me.
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Post by hugodrax » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:51 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:24 pm
Are there some brands of Meers that we should look for...I see a lot of what I suspect are junky-pressed-garbage. What should a person expect to pay for a quality Meer? I have interest, but it has a price limit :)
Your best bet is the estate market. New meers are out of control and good carving is not a guarantee of smoking ability.

You see, the turks are great carvers. But they aren't really smokers. Even Yanik's arent noted for their smoking characteristics.

I'd look for old CAO's and used IMP's. Strambach is a bad idea. 60-80 bucks on ebay. Don't go for hot makers.
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Post by Bloodhound » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:00 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:51 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:24 pm
Are there some brands of Meers that we should look for...I see a lot of what I suspect are junky-pressed-garbage. What should a person expect to pay for a quality Meer? I have interest, but it has a price limit :)
Your best bet is the estate market. New meers are out of control and good carving is not a guarantee of smoking ability.

You see, the turks are great carvers. But they aren't really smokers. Even Yanik's arent noted for their smoking characteristics.

I'd look for old CAO's and used IMP's. Strambach is a bad idea. 60-80 bucks on ebay. Don't go for hot makers.
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Post by Stanley76 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:10 pm

I bought a Koncak Meerschaum from ebay. I consulted with Hugo before buying. Love that thing but it's not darkening up. I couldn't care less what color it is. I usually smoke latakia blends in it but I might try some Iwan Ries Three Star Blue in it. Sweetandsour said that it smokes better in a pipe with a large bowl and the bowl on my meerschaum is huge.
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Post by JimVH » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:39 pm

AND Meerschaum - meerschaum.com

I certainly wouldn’t call them high-end, but I have two pipes from them that were affordable, look good, and have proven to be good smokers.
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Post by DepartedLight » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:22 pm

Stanley76 wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:10 pm
I bought a Koncak Meerschaum from ebay. I consulted with Hugo before buying. Love that thing but it's not darkening up. I couldn't care less what color it is. I usually smoke latakia blends in it but I might try some Iwan Ries Three Star Blue in it. Sweetandsour said that it smokes better in a pipe with a large bowl and the bowl on my meerschaum is huge.
beeswax is your coloring friend

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Post by Stanley76 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:43 pm

DepartedLight wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:22 pm
Stanley76 wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:10 pm
I bought a Koncak Meerschaum from ebay. I consulted with Hugo before buying. Love that thing but it's not darkening up. I couldn't care less what color it is. I usually smoke latakia blends in it but I might try some Iwan Ries Three Star Blue in it. Sweetandsour said that it smokes better in a pipe with a large bowl and the bowl on my meerschaum is huge.
beeswax is your coloring friend

need equipment? PM if interested.
I rub it with beeswax while it's hot from smoking and then rub it down when it cools. It's coloring up on the rim and it's a sort of off white on the rest of the bowl, darker on one side and on the stem. I'm smoking Ries Three Star Blue in it right now.

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Post by DepartedLight » Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:59 pm

Stanley76 wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:43 pm
DepartedLight wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:22 pm
Stanley76 wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:10 pm
I bought a Koncak Meerschaum from ebay. I consulted with Hugo before buying. Love that thing but it's not darkening up. I couldn't care less what color it is. I usually smoke latakia blends in it but I might try some Iwan Ries Three Star Blue in it. Sweetandsour said that it smokes better in a pipe with a large bowl and the bowl on my meerschaum is huge.
beeswax is your coloring friend

need equipment? PM if interested.
I rub it with beeswax while it's hot from smoking and then rub it down when it cools. It's coloring up on the rim and it's a sort of off white on the rest of the bowl, darker on one side and on the stem. I'm smoking Ries Three Star Blue in it right now.

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The bakky you smoke it in has no impact on coloring other than to melt wax into crevasses.
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Post by BeefyG » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:25 am

Is there any way to ID a meer that isn’t marked? I bought a sultan pipe with case off eBay. The seller said a serviceman brought it home from overseas. It’s a plastic screw tenon and it doesn’t fit perfect but I only paid $10. It passes the licky finger sticky test so I think it’s block meer not pressed. Only marking is 195 written in pen where the tenon and stummel meet.

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Post by Roadmaster » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:50 pm

Does a meerschaum require any maintenance if you don't care if it colors in or not?
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