So my pre-order from Aristocob came in today of the new MM Maple Pipes. These are the bigger pipes based off the Gentleman and Diplomat. I only ordered a bent and straight Gentleman this time. I haven't smoked them and took pics straight from the box. They are the same size as the original cobs, have a natural finish and a light sheen of plaster in light. Iphone quality pics. I did the best I could. Next to their Cob brethren, same size as pre drought cobs. And now comes the "oopsie" The shank on the Bent Maple is split on both sides all the way through. Tough to see from the pic, but you can see the black of the bit through the split on this side. Camera didn't want to focus but the split is clear through the shank. I'm wondering if it didn't happen from the weather? It was extremely dry and cold when it was mailed (Friday I think) and it was rainy, 60 degrees, and incredibly humid today. Could the extreme change in weather and humidity this weekend have caused it to split? It's been traveling by post and I'm sure wasn't protected from temperature change. Also I don't think it's smokable this way. I was going to smoke one and leave the other unsmoked as a collectable. I guess I know which it will be now.