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Attractive basket churchwardens

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Whalehead King, Oct 2, 2011.

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  1. Whalehead King

    Whalehead King Balaenius Rex!!

    Jan 23, 2010
    Interesting churchwardens here: http://www.milantobacco.com/churchwarden_pipes_james_norman_extension.htm

    I'm not really in the market for a churchwarden at the moment, but I like these see-through stems. The website is kind enough to state that these pipes fall into "basket territory" as far as quality is concerned. I've never heard of James Norman, Ltd., but I haven't heard of a lot of things.

    Has tired one of these pipes? Has anyone done any business with Milan Tobacconists. They seem to be on the up-and-up.

    Thanks, WK
  2. Jay

    Jay Active Member

    Apr 29, 2010
    Have done business with Milan. They are straight up.
  3. RealityCheck

    RealityCheck Member

    Jun 30, 2011
    Wow very nice, grr I wish I had money :$$:
  4. ruffinogoldswife

    ruffinogoldswife The Mayor's Wife

    Sep 1, 2011

    Me,too. I like that Dublin-like shape. Are the extensions removable, I wonder?
  5. Beale

    Beale Active Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    Wow, a $55.00 "Basket Pipe"?? I can get a $15.00 Basket church warden at JR's. In my eye $55.00 pipe is not a basket pipe.

    Now that being said? I like them, Beale.
  6. Thorsrevenge

    Thorsrevenge New Member

    Oct 12, 2011
    I recently read a post on brothers of briar regarding James Norman the link is bellow but as things go they don't have anything nice to say about his company. How much if any of this is true I can honestly say I don't know, However I would love one of those as they are the least expensive churchwardens with a extension that I ave found so far.

  7. Jayson H Bucy

    Jayson H Bucy Member

    Aug 5, 2011
    That's a pretty scary post.
  8. RTOdhner

    RTOdhner Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2011
    Interesting post, and it raises a few issues: On-line pipe purchases can be an iffy proposition, the mark-up on a pipe may be obsenely huge, there may be no telling what we're actually getting when we buy a pipe - whether we see it before hand or not, and those often derided Italian basket pipes may actually be very good pipes made by families of true craftsmen who pride (and support) themselves on offering good pipes at fair pirces. The latter point may be more true than many want to admit because I've only ever had one basket pipe that was a bad smoker, and I've bought a bunch over the years; however, I've bought one Dunhill and it was a real lemon.

    As far as the point of the post, I'm going to give any pipe supplied via James Norman a wide birth since it appears that they sell counterfeit pipes. And if they have to go around selling counterfeit Italian basket pipes, then perhaps they truly are unscrupulous. Really, just how much profit can you make by cheating such a company? Of course, none of the claims may be true and it could simply be the result of some sort of grudge. Still, that posting gives me cause for concern.
  9. Monkeyshine

    Monkeyshine Active Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    No experience with those pipes but Milan has some very nice tobacco. I've done business with Milan twice for both tobacco and a pipe and they are defintely on the up n' up. I'm very fond of their english blend Rovada.
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