Meerschaum Tough?

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  1. Stormy

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    With all the talk about meerschaum it has me considering buying one. I have but one question.
    How rugged is meerschaum? will it hold up to drops, knocks, and dings?
     
  2. dmkerr

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    No, so don't drop it, knock it or ding it! :D

    Meerschaum is fragile in some ways and tough in others. Unless you drop it from a reasonably great height on a hard surface, it should survive and be smokable with a few knocks. But it dings easily. If it falls off a pipe stand onto a hard surface, I can just about guarantee you'll get a mark on it. But the same holds with smooth briars. Just make sure to place it where it would have a soft landing if it fell. With some forethought and a minimum of care, your meerschaum should outlive you and a few generations more.
     
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  3. Lestrade

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    It's tough enough!:ohyh:
     
  4. Old Ted

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    I've dropped one a couple of times - onto the bare wood floorboards of my workshop, and it's been ok. Last year I was leaning low over the cast iron table of my milling m/c - looking closely at the work, the meer slipped out of my mouth onto it - and the shank broke off!......nowadays - I smoke COBS in there, they bounce a lot better!.
    Some meerschaum is harder than others, as an engineer - I have really hard skin on the ends of my thumbs, and actually marked one warm pipe, while fondling it! ( please fellas - no cracks about my personal life!:rolleyes:)
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  5. Mister Moo

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    Briar is the Chuck Norris of pipe world - practically invulnerable. Meerschaums are more like Popeye; not near as tough as it acts.
     
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  6. dmkerr

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    Oh, I don't know - 2 or 3 whacks with a hammer usually does the job. :ohyh:
     
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    Somebody has a one-track mind. One little poll doesn't go his way, and he just keeps spanking us for voting with our pipes.

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  8. Jammer

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    Depends on the meer. I have an African block Peterson from the early 70's that I inherited from my dad (it's the only one of his 4 pipes (all the rest were briars) that survived intact) that has been used, abused, dropped, etc and besides darkening, a scratch and a small stain on the bowl it looks almost new.
     
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  9. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Almost makes African meerschaum a different animal...the way they suffer abuse with aplumb. I tend to just 'toss' my Manxland Meer around...besides being cheap, it just takes the licking no problem. I've already broken a Turkish meer under slightly less careless circumstances.
     
  10. Stormy

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    Gentlemen, I thank you for your input and knowledge. Meerschaum it is.
    Seems to be a cracking good pipe.;)
     
  11. Iain

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    :eek:

    They are pretty tough those African meers, especially if they have a military style mount, means they can stand up to little accidents.
    Turkish meer not so much, particularly the latticed type, which is sort of like a bowl within a bowl, the outer section is quite fragile.
     
  12. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Sorry, Lain...'toss' is a relative term. I just don't 'kid glove' it. (It gets jammed in a pocket, sat on a cinderblock, etc.)

    Stormy...if you like your current pipes...do not, and I meando not, get a meerschaum. Odds are you'll regret...(owning everything else!) :)
     
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    My Peterson African Meer has me spoiled, no question.
     
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  14. dmkerr

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    Agreed. I started with one measly IMP a few years back and now I've got 50 meers. They're like closet hangers, they just keep multiplying.

    I don't regret owning my briars. I have some fond memories of them... emphasis on "memories". :)
     
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  15. Mister Moo

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    I always thought it was Iain, like Eon or Ian. Did you really think it was lain, like (Yorkshire country) Lane? What did you think his name is, Kerr? Is that pronounced cur or car, by the way?
     
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  16. dmkerr

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    Uh... me too, Yang!

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    OK....now we're name calling. Where's a mod when you need one?!?




    Oh wait....Moo *IS* a mudderator.....never mind!
     
  18. dmkerr

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    Uh... Iain, of course! :beck:

    My name is pronounced as in the sentence "I couldn't Kerr less". Scottish pronunciation. Like Iain... Scottish.

    (I think, anyway....)
     
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    It is :)

    Lain is a girls name and the only person I see wearing a dress around here is Yinyang :xd:
     
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  20. Mike Pomery

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    Depends on the thickness of the bowl and the shape of the meer. I have a tough as nails IMP horn that shrugs off drunken carelessness like a stoic soldier, but I wouldn't think of treating my Atlinok or Baki the same way, as they are both quite intricately carved (and expensive)...
     
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