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My Very Favorite Pipe (That I Own)

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Mount Mandolin, Feb 10, 2012.

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  1. Mount Mandolin

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    Well, this is my very favorite pipe. It was the first nice briar pipe I bought (nice being anything that is not a "basket pipe"), and holy crap did it turn my world upside down! I went from enjoying pipe smoking as an occasional hobby to being completely, utterly obsessed with it. What's funny is... I only bought this pipe the day after Christmas - Jan. 26, 2011 - but it feels like it was many many years ago. For about a year and a half I smoked basket pipes filled mostly with crappy aromatics, because that is what the guy at the B&M recommended. I don't know why, but they tend to recommend this one particular aromatic mixture to a lot of people, and it is good as far as aromatics go, but they have much better stuff in there, so I don't know why they don't recommend that stuff. Anyhow, I started buying up all sorts of tobacco, from MacBaren to McClelland to Dunhill and beyond, and it's been quite the love affair. I still can't believe it's only been a couple of months. Actually a little less than that! Anyway, on with the show, my very favorite pipe!

    It is a Neerup, by Peder Jeppesen, and the nomenclature says "Neerup [over] Denmark [over] Selection [over] 3". The grain is drop dead gorgeous, and along with the wonderful, hand filling heft of the shape, is the reason I bought the pipe. It was only $87 plus tax, an absolute, screaming bargain considering the very high quality of the pipe. I don't know enough about briar to know much about its quality, but I do know that if appearances mean anything, this stuff is primo! Here are some pictures:

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    (Flash glare strikes again, but you can see the birdseye).

    So yeah. This thing has a draw like a well made woodstove, has a nice, diamond-ish shank with alternating straight grain and birdseye, jutting transition that is very Danish, and overall is a fantastic composition. I absolutely love it, and it fits in my hand PERFECTLY. That is one thing about buying pipes over the internet: you don't get to hold the thing before you buy it, which is certainly problematic. I bought this one at The Briary in Homewood, Alabama (part of the Birmingham metro area), which is a phenomenal B&M in my beloved hometown, run by two really great guys. The crowd that hangs out in the smoking room is great, too, and I am going to Birmingham tomorrow and look forward very much to going to the Briary for some smoking and camaraderie.

    I know that there are better pipes out there, and ones that are made entirely by hand to boot (which I don't think Neerup's are, at least not in this price range), but I just love this thing. It has a very nice cake in it now, and it smokes like a dream every time. Without fail, I smoke my morning bowl of either AM Pipe (McClelland) or Dunhill EMP in it, because it starts my day off right every time. There's something to be said for a pipe that makes you feel comfortable and at home, and this pipe does that for me, even when I'm not actually at home. So there she is: my very favorite pipe! :puffy:
     
  2. DGErwin11

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    It is a great looking pipe. You may spend thousands of dollars more on pipes and never find one to replace this one. Smoke it with pleasure and know that you have a great pipe. I have not bought anything but meers, cobs and make your own briars blocks and stems for quite a while, so I am not up to speed on the relative merits of one brand of briar pipe over another. What is important is that it suits you. You my friend, are a lucky man.
     
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  3. JescoWhite

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    That's a great pipe, very nice!
     
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    Very nice grain, excellent eye appeal, and smokes great. Can't ask for more than that!
     
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    Great looking pipe!
     
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  7. Xecutech

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    The Neerups are outstanding. I bought two over the past two weeks and you won't find a better pipe for the money.
    You can see both of them in this thread.
     
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    She is a beauty, satisfies you = priceless.... enjoy!
     
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  9. HCraven

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    Neerup has a very good reputation for well constructed, beautiful pipes in this price range. It may be a while before I buy another new briar, but they are definitely on my radar. By the way, that's a really good price from a B&M. If my local shop carried those, I'm sure they'd have them marked up to at least $110.00.
     
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    That's a great buy! A very nice pipe!
    May it give you lots and lots of hours of pleasure!:bing:
     
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    I LOVE Neerup pipes, and have a few myself.
     
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  13. Mount Mandolin

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    Yes, The Briary is a fantastic B&M. Great people, great prices, everything. I don't usually drop names, but anyone who's going through Birmingham should most definitely make it a point to go by there. And I was amazed at the quality. I didn't know much about briars at the time, and the owner of the shop is big on Danish pipes it seems, but especially the Neerup's. In fact, I went back again, intending to purchase another pipe, and they even suggested I consider another Neerup, because they're that nice, and because that particular shop stocks very nice Neerup's. But yeah, great, great price.
     
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    I believe you left the link out. I'd love to see them.
     
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    That's a gorgeous piece of wood. Glad you've found such a fantastic pipe to enjoy! :byg:
     
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    THAT is nice! Very rich looking! Whew!
     
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  18. Mount Mandolin

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    Thanks everyone! I love the thing. Some people are far too fixated on brand name, but that certainly does NOT seem to be the case with this group, which is fantastic. Me, I don't care who made it (to a point) as long as it's beautiful. Then again, I am lusting after a Dunhill, and it's mostly because of the name, so I guess I can see both sides of the spectrum. Brand name does mean something, but it's not everything. That seems obvious, but it's tough to strike a nice balance between the two. I do think Dunhill has high quality control standards though, which I guess is part of the mystique of the name.
     
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    Very nice looking pipe, I hope you continue to enjoy it for many years to come.
     
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    I thought you were a cob guy?
     
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