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Need a briar(quality and inexpensive)

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by KeysandPlastic, Aug 27, 2012.

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  1. KeysandPlastic

    KeysandPlastic Member

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    What are some quality briar brands that you would recommend, I would spend upwards of $70 per pipe for briar only.

    I called the local tobacconist and asked about Peterson pipes, they don't carry them because they feel their quality has diminished
     
  2. Artistik

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    Savinelli or Standwell. Also check out some estate briars on smokingpipes.com. I have purchased estate Savs and a Butz Choquin from them and they do an excellent job of cleaning.
     
  3. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    There are a lot of threads related to this topic.

    "Big 3" are Peterson, Savinelli, and Stanwell. All produce pipes in your price range.

    Then there are a thousand other brands/subrands. Pipes are very incestuous.
    Everyone has an opinion....

    I personally think Invicta Briars are every bit as good, or better, than the Big 3 put out at the same price point. Though I do not have one, Blakemar briars get a lot of love around here too.
     
  4. Arkie

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    I would go to a local tobacco shop and simply select what appealed to me. It would be difficult to go wrong with a ppe in the $70 price range. Make sure the airway is located properly in the bottom of the chamber.
     
  5. Klauswermann

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    Brigham! for 70$ you can get a 3-dot (even a chinook(old 4-dot) on some sites), but a stanwell works too I guess. lol
     
  6. Steve IoM

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    I've just bought myself a Butz Choquin straight Cadre Noir, with a removable 9mm filter. Cost me £40 (about $65-70 US) and it's breaking in very nicely indeed. Well worth a look for that sort of budget, but it depends what floats your boat really! Happy hunting!
     
  7. Klauswermann

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    BC pipes are ideed awesome! I love the Balzac semi-churwarden!
     
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    I'm very happy with that particular find! I've not been smoking pipes very long (about 6 months or so) but I decided that I deserved a nice "proper" pipe instead of the few basket pipes I have.
     
  9. Spillproof

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    I want everyone to have their perfect pipe.
    Is there a certain shape you're after? A particular maker?

    If you are not averse to an estate pipe, that's your best price-point.
    There are thousands of pipes on Ebay listed at under $70, and you don't "need" to spend any certain amount to get quality.

    With a little education, and some patient hunting, you can find bargains.
     
  10. Klauswermann

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    I am here to comfirm that Spill indeed DOES want us to have our dream pipes! lol
     
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    He does make some gorgeous pipes but I didn't find any "available". Did I miss a category or?
     
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    I would tend to agree, estate Sav's, Stanwell's, and Peterson's can be great bargains at the $40-$70 level. Italian no-name basket pipes can be good bargains as well in the same price range. Savinelli makes a Roma line that is a great smoking pipe. Tsuge pipes on Smokingpipes.com have a line of $50 pipes that I read are outstanding bargains as well. Happy hunting!
     
  14. Vaquero

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    Go with an estate pipe from Smokingpipes.com or even from http://www.mkelaw-pipes.com/ (he has a section of estates for under $50 that are all great deals, there is a nice BC up for grabs for I think $45 bucks). Most of my pipes are estates, because you don't have to break them in and you are getting a lower than retail price, why go for a "cheap" new pipe when you can pay the same or a little more for a pipe that used to retail for a lot more? If you do want a new pipe, also give Vauen pipes a look, great smokers and awesome quality fit and finish. Good luck!
     
  15. Vaquero

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    http://www.mkelaw-pipes.com/html/pipee1787.html
    This is the Butz Choquin that I was thinking of, still for sale, awesome grain, sure to be a great smoker at $45 bucks. 9.5/10 so it's basically new! Actually, this thing is really tempting me, one of you better buy it quick!
     
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    I've found my old (estate) Stanwell lovat and my new Savinelli Baronet Bruyere 814EX to be excellent pipes for the $$ (around 55USD).
     
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    Awesome pipes, definitely not in the $70 range though.
     
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    My problem is I only can get my purchases on the web.And being new to this,I run into a constant problem, how do you measure a pipe? I got a savoy, and its smaller than it appeared.They never look the same when in my hands.Either too small or too big. how do you measure a pipe? I cant figure.
    bowl size?
     
  19. Spillproof

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    Measurements to consider include bowl height, bowl width/diameter, and shank length.
    Not a lot of makers rank their pipes by size, but Dunhill does. "Group Sizes" for Dunhill are often used in conversations about other pipes, as a generalized size reference.

    Notably, there is a bit of overlap in group sizes, particularly between different shaped pipes.
    Dwaugh will stumble in here soon with a graph, and messed up hair.
     
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  20. SmokeyJoe

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    For 70 bucks, an estate pipe from one of the quality E-tailers is the way to go. It's still gonna be a crap shoot as to how well any pipe, new or estate, will smoke regardless of price, but purchasing it from a reputable seller will help if and when there's an issue. Visit your local B&M and fondle his wares, er, his pipes. At some point you'll find a size and shape that just fits you, which you can use to select something on-line. OR, after spending some time watching you handle his goods, er, his pipes, the proprietor may be inclined to make a discounted deal with you.
     
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