I've owned several Missouri Meerschaum cobs over the years and always felt they were more novelty than useful smoking instrument. Not that the cobs themselves weren't perfectly acceptable for pipeweed combustion, but those awful little stems they put on them were so bad it threw any notion of actually wanting to use the thing right out the window. Then along came the Walker Briar Forever stems and they were a big improvement, but even these weren't the perfect solution as they were just inexpensive acrylic generic reshaped bits that fit better, looked better and smoked better, but still needed tuning internally and were pricey for putting on a cob at roughly three times the cost of the pipe itself. This is not a knock on those stems, they are perfectly fine and Dave did a nice job shaping them and time spent on them equals sales price. I own two and am happy enough with them, but it's just sort of an antithesis to the idea of the inexpensive cob, putting a $30 stem on a $10 pipe.
So along comes the Dagner Poker cob, and it was such a great idea that Missouri Meerschaum put it in their production lineup. For $23 you get a nice looking poker with acrylic saddle stem and the darned thing smokes like a dream. I am extremely happy with mine, and was thrilled to see that MM now also offers a straight egg shape with the same acrylic bit and it's even cheaper. I have one on the way as I write this.
My advice to Missouri Meerschaum is to redesign the other large pipes in their lineup with the fatter shanks and acrylic stems also because truth is, imho, a $10 cob with a crap mouthpiece is worthless but a $20 cob with these new acrylic mouthpieces is the best value in the pipe world today.
Get yourself one, you won't regret it.
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