I posted a quick story in the Newbie Welcome thread about the rediscovery of one of my old pipes. I won't bore anyone by posting it a second time. In short, though, it's an old (21 years or so) SMS meerschaum. The sticker in the case says it's hand carved from Turkish block. It has little scratches and gouges here and there from the carving tools. The marks don't appear to be in any sort of pattern or alignment, so I'm inclined to believe it was hand carved. I have to say that looking at newer meerschaums, though the carving is beautiful, they seem consistent enough that I wonder if they aren't using mechanized carvers now. But, I digress; below are some shots. I had to prop the case up on one of my fountain pens to keep it from flopping over: The only problem I have with this pipe, and I forgot about it until I was cleaning it after smoking it, is that the nylon threaded insert between the lucite stem and the shank has a crack in the threads right at the stem. Also, if I tighten down the stem, it's not square on the pipe. So, I have to smoke it with the stem just backed off a hair. It's not flopping-around loose, but it annoys me. Otherwise...great pipe!