Star Block Meerschaum Pipes: Star Meerschaum pipes are carved out of premium grade block meerschaum which have been sourced from Sarisu in Eskisehir which is considered to be the finest meerschaum mine in the Turkey. The miners only select the very best meerschaum blocks among the hundreds mined from under 100m below the surface. These then undergo further scrutiny by the master carvers to ensure that only the very best of the best blocks go into making the final product. This ensures that each pipe has the smoking characteristics that can only come from such a high quality block meerschaum pipe.
Block Meerschaum Pipes: Meerschaum, also known as Sea Foam is a naturally formed clay which is considered the most porous naturally occurring material on the planet. This highly porous nature clay is ideal for pipe smoking as it acts like a filter removing tar and impurities from the smoke as well as allowing the pipe to breath which helps it smoke cooler and sweeter.
In comparison to pressed Meerschaum. Well there is no comparison. Pressed Meerschaum is formed using dust and glue under pressure to form the appearance of block Meerschaum but this totally defeats the object of Meerschaum as glue is not porous and does not breath. If you want something to look good but aren’t bothered about the smoking characteristics then buy a pressed Meerschaum. If you want to experience the true Meerschaum then save for a block meerschaum you will not regret it.
Breaking in Meerschaum Pipes: Meerschaum does not burn so your Meerschaum does not need breaking in or reaming. If you look after your Meerschaum you will be able to witness the pipe curing over years as the natural oils from the tobacco are absorbed into the clay revealing deep reds and golden browns. A well carved meerschaum will really show its true quality as deeper carvings will be enhanced by deeper shades where thicker parts of the pipe will stay more Golden.
One off pipes: You cannot buy Block Meerschaum pipes in a set sizes or shapes as they are all hand carved. You will therefore receive the exact pipe pictured.
Fitted Leather Bound Hard Case: These pipes come in a fitted leather bound hard case which protects your pipe in storage or if you wish to take your favourite companion on your travels.