Choosing An Estate Pipe

Choosing an estate pipe may be a daunting task for the new pipe smoker. They will likely first be drawn to ebay, as their results dominate the search engines…. but is this the best place to start looking?

Picking out a pipe is an important matter for all pipe smokers.  After all, a pipe may be with you for the rest of your lifetime.  Pipes have a cost but may provide many years of return on the investment if you choose carefully.

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Peterson Estate Pipes

It is likely that many estate pipes have already lasted a lifetime. I have restored briar pipes from as early as 1890 which are still being enjoyed today 125 years later! If well looked after, expect a briar pipe to last your lifetime and beyond.

I generally would avoid eBay. While there are some great deals, you have to know what you are doing and what to look for.
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Buying a used estate pipe from eBay if it has not been previously professionally restored, is like going all-in on a mediocre poker hand. What lies beneath the cake, dirt and grime is unknown. I have received pipes with wall cracks, cracks in the shank, ill fitting incorrect stems and burnouts. If you do not know how to restore pipes yourself and how to bring them to a smokeable condition, you could just be throwing your money away.

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Although you don’t want to be forking out a small fortune for your first pipe, you can expect to pay more for a good quality pipe. The price usually reflects the quality of the product and as a first time pipe smoker, the quality of a pipe is important otherwise it may leave you with a bad experience that can deter you from smoking. If you are sure about becoming a pipe smoker, investing in the right pipe is important and the price bracket is likely to be between £45-£100.

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Some people may worry about the health issues around smoking a pipe that has been smoked by someone before them. Have you ever eaten in a restaurant before and used their cutlery? A properly restored estate pipe will have any previous debris removed and will be sterilised using medical grade alcohol.

 If you have no issues with  using restaurant silver and glassware, you should have no problem smoking an estate pipe once it has been properly cleaned and sterilized

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Would anyone be able to point me towards a reputable vendor or source who sells restored estate pipes?

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Reborn Briar sells fully restored estate pipes specialising in top quality London Made brands from the first half of the 20th century. Brands like Dunhill, Comoy, Charatan, GBD and Loewe are timeless pieces made from the best quality briar. I have always found these pipes to smoke much better than their more modern counterparts.



Definition Of An Estate Pipe – What Are They?

A common used phrase you will hear and see among pipe smokers is “estate pipes” – but exactly what is an estate pipe? The word estate normally refers to the belongings owned by a person who has died, but this is not always applicable when referring to pipes.

An estate pipe is simply a pipe that has been previously owned. Most commonly these pipes are pre-smoked, but occasionally they may also be unsmoked, having been owned by a collector and kept in pristine condition, or possibly just been put in a drawer by its previous owner and forgotten about. Another category of estate pipes are the “new old stock” (NOS) pipes. These are pipes that may have been discovered in an old closed down tobacconist shop or at the back of a warehouse. They were originally bought to sell new, but for one reason or another never found a buyer at the time.

These categories of pipes are most usually referred to as estate pipes when they come up for sale.

Buying an estate pipe can offer tremendous value over purchasing a new pipe and can often offer many advantages over a new pipe as well. BUT great care must be taken when choosing an estate pipe which is beyond the scope of this post and will be covered in a later article.

restored estate pipesThe estate pipe category on eBay is now one of the most active categories offering up thousands of estate pipes per week – but many of these listings are selling badly abused and poor quality pipes. You should first educate yourself and set out certain buying conditions before falling into the trap buying used pipe from here that will not be suitable for your needs and may well be no more than bin fodder.

It would be better to look for good quality previously restored estate pipes that have been checked for quality, cleaned, sanitised, and brought back to a smokeable condition by a professional pipe restorer.