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Guess what I got in Turkey?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Thaisamurai, Sep 30, 2011.

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  1. Thaisamurai

    Thaisamurai Member

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    I just got back from a trip to Turkey. For all of us pipe smokers, we all know what that means, right? ;) Yep, I went meerschaum hunting.
    After a couple of aborted attempts by our package tour guide to get me to buy a pipe from over priced shops, I managed to find this monster in a little booth in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar:
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    Dimensions:
    Length: approx. 7 inches
    Bowl height: approx. 2 1/2 inches
    Bowl depth: approx. 2 inches
    Bowl diameter (inside rim): approx. 7/8 inches
    Bowl diameter (outside rim): approx. 1 3/8 inches

    It seems to be a bit old, so there were a few small dings and chips, and unfortunately didn't come with a case (the shop wasn't a pipe shop, so no accessories), but I loved the design so much I just had to get it.
    After being told an initial price of $50, I managed to haggle it down to half the price, so I'm very happy! Can't wait to try it out!
     
  2. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    Cool ! Ya smoke it yet !?
     
  3. Thaisamurai

    Thaisamurai Member

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    Not yet, still trying to decide what baccy to smoke, because I'm going to need a lot of it...this is by far the largest pipe I now own!
     
  4. IrishRover

    IrishRover Active Member

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    Excellent!! that is just way to cool!
     
  5. jeff394

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    Great looking meer, thai. I've had my eyes on meers for a little while now.
     
  6. MakDragon

    MakDragon Wizard of PSF

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    Nice pick up!!!!
     
  7. beaupipe

    beaupipe Active Member

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    I was gonna guess crabs. But a Meer is nice, too. Even if it's in the shape of a vicious claw gripping a...well...turn your head to the left and cough.
     
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  8. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator Moderator

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    Hey. It's a meer. Smoke anything you want.

    Nice claw.
     
  9. user1975

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    Nice claw, and at a good price too...congrats!
     
  10. shadow

    shadow Active Member

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    A great result!
    Enjoy!:thu:
     
  11. Capt

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    What a steal!
     
  12. Tanman

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    Getting that ole pipe scratch again! Think I need a Meer!
     
  13. Damon

    Damon Member

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    Nice looking meerschaum, and good price too.
     
  14. Mike Pomery

    Mike Pomery Active Member

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    Love a claw Meer.
     
  15. HCraven

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    Nice pipe, Thai! You didn't happen to run into Old Ted in Turkey, did you? I know he was looking for meers over there as well.
     
  16. Old Ted

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    ......he found em too! - gotten 3 already! :byg:
     
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  17. Thaisamurai

    Thaisamurai Member

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    Haha, no, I wish I had known! We could have gone meer hunting together.

    I just had my first smoke with this pipe, smoking Old Dublin for the first time...in a word, AWESOME!!! The thick walls of the pipe made sure my hand was still cool while I smoked, and the uncorrupted flavor of the tobacco was wonderful.
     
  18. Beale

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    Awesome Meer!! Very well done! Beale.
     
  19. t-bear

    t-bear Well-Known Member

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    Yep...nice claw! Looks like it's been sitting around for a while, you might want to give it a "bath" before smoking it again. Fill a small dish with soapy water and *gently* scrub the exterior with a coarse cloth or soft tooth brush. Rinse and let dry for 24 hours or so. If you have access to some bleached bees wax, you can melt it in a cup....rub it into the meerschaum with a cotton swab. Then once the pipe is completely covered, use a heat gun or the brides hair dryer to melt/blow off the excess wax. Buff as you go with a soft cloth. Some of the cotton will stick to your pipe while you are gooping on the wax, but will come off with the heat gun and the soft buffing cloth.
     
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  20. Gary

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    Great find! Nice looking pipe.
     
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