Pipes have been found throughout most cultures for centuries. There are many different kinds of tobacco pipes, but the shapes of pipes are all variations of a few basic shapes. Here is a short summary on pipes and a couple of diagram to help you get acquainted.
One of the first materials to be sought out for making pipes was Meerschaum, a soft white clay material which hardens when exposed to the sun or dried by a furnace. The highest quality deposits of this mineral are found in
where they are mined, sorted and sent to workshops to be carved. The carved
pieces then go into a high temperature kiln to remove all the moisture. The
shank is fitted with a stem, it is then polished and waxed with bees wax
multiple times. Finally the pipe is inspected and if a flaw is found the pipe
is destroyed. Pipe smokers enjoy Meerschaum pipes because they provide a smoke
full of flavor which is cool and dry.
Briar Tobacco Pipes
|Hand Carved Briar Wood pipe|
The extremely fine briar blocks are often sold to craftsmen that hand carve the briar into two main types of pipes, free form and standard shapes. The grain of the wood is followed and accentuated in the free form pipe whereas; the standard shaped pipe follows a specific pattern. These hand carved briar pipes are very expensive and the experienced collector takes great pride in adding a briar pipe to his collection. Many briar pipes are machine made. These pipes do not process the attention to detail or style of the handmade pipes but they are still appealing and they are well priced.
Kaywoodie Tobacco Pipes
The name Kaywoodie comes from the Kaufman brothers name and the briar wood used to make the pipe, K + wood became Kaywoodie. The Kaufman brothers came to
York from Germany
in 1851 and started a small shop where they made their pipes. The company soon
expanded to most of the major cities. By
1881 Kaywoodie pipes carried a cloverleaf emblem inlaid on the pipe stem. This symbol has changed through the years and can be used to help determine the age of the pipe. The black cloverleaf in white circle or white cloverleaf in black circle was first used in 1937. Up until the late 40's this logo was used on
all of the upper grades pipes. The plain white
cloverleaf and the disk inlaid logo continued from untill the early 80's. Kaywoodie pipes are still in high demand and
recognized worldwide for their high quality.
Dr. Grabow Tobacco Pipes
|Dr. Grabow with spade|
Dr. Grabow pipes had several different trademarks. The earliest pipes were stamped with the names of both Linkman and Grabow and include a propeller emblem in white on top of the mouthpiece. The white propeller emblem was replaced in 1944 with a white spade and later models carried the words ‘Imported Briar’.
In the 1930’s the S.M. Frank & Co introduced the Medico pipe filter, and with it a new brand of pipes. These new pipes enabled customers to capture the tars and nicotine as well as mellow the flavor of the hot tobacco smoke with an added filter. This line of pipes is still in production today. By 1955 S.M. Frank &
Co. ended up buying up some of their competitor’s
like the Kaywoodie. By the 1960’s they started developing synthetic materials
by combining the briar wood with resins, they were known as Brylon. Medico
brand is still being made today, five briar woods with thirteen different
finishes, and many Brylon, all come with an inside filter that can be easily
Now you know the basics about pipes. Start collecting today!
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