Category Archives: Thank You for Smoking

Moretti Axe Effect Pipe

The quest for Moretti pipes continues! Here’s what Marco, the famous carver, refers to as an “axe effect” pipe – a real beauty – and is my latest acquisition:

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A Rare Seven-Day Longchamp Set

In 1948, Jean Cassegrain inherited a small shop selling pens and smoking accessories near the French Theater on the Boulevard Poissonnière in Paris. Cassegrain found some poor-quality pipes in the inventory and so he took some of these pipes to … Continue reading

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A Pre-stained Meershaum

At my age, I will long expire before I aspire to inspire someone to smoke a brand-new white meerschaum pipe until it looks like this one smoked by master meerschaum pipe carver from Turkey, Fikri Baki himself: So I cheated. I … Continue reading

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Ivory Pipe by Tsuge

Kyoichiro Tsuge, the founder of Tsuge Pipe Company, was born on February 25th 1911. The genesis of Tsuge Pipe Company began back in 1924, when the young Tsuge became an apprentice under a master ivory carver. Here is an early Tsuge … Continue reading

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Second Singapore Pipe Collectors’ Show on October 7th 2017

Time to follow up with a second show. It’s been a long time since 2011. This time, millions of dollars’ worth of pipes were exhibited and pipe makers who flew in to exhibit their masterpieces included Lee Von Erck, Satoshi … Continue reading

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A Truly Moretti Collectible

I couldn’t resist this gorgeous Moretti, so the best way to deal with temptation is to yield to it; meaning, I bought it:

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A Moretti Tamarind

Marco did it again! This time, my latest acquisition is a Moretti made of tamarind wood:

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A Long Moretti Morta

Marco Biagini is the consummate craftsman behind Moretti pipes: He has just made me an extra long morta pipe. Morta is wood from trees that have been buried and fossilized in peat bogs. No picture will do justice to any Moretti … Continue reading

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The Obsession Continues

With Moretti pipes being so beautiful it is impossible to wean oneself off them. Here is my latest Moretti: a sandblasted lovat made with the arbutus briar. Pipes made from arbutus briar are great for smoking because they taste sweet. … Continue reading

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Wet It First?

A pompous self-declared “cigar king” once said he sometimes puts his cigars under the tap before smoking them to enhance their flavors and the overall smoking experience. One joker heard about it and actually picked up two 2008 Ramon Allones … Continue reading

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