Beware of Falcons without stems...they cannot be replaced. In other words, you can't plug a new Falcon stem in there as they are crimped in at the factory. So the metal stem and plastic bit are essentially a single unit. Plus...Be very careful of used Falcon gear...buy from known or reputable vendors.
Maybe. If the threads are good, if they're not burned out, if if if...
I wouldn't worry too much about outside finish as that can be brought back and even enhanced. But I would be concerned about structure and overall integrity, often very difficult to tell without a close examination under a good light.
Don't mean to be a downer but...when something looks too good to be true, it usually is.
Arky, when I'm feeling a bit better I have either a Viking or Falcon pipe I can send you, ( either new or MINT condition ) need to go thru a few Rubbermaid tubs in my son's garage. I enjoy both Viking and Falcon pipes and if you maintain them they last a lifetime! Still have my complete set I purchased back in 1969 and still smoke them all. Just give me a few days. Don't buy anything yet.
Arky, I knew I had a few never smoked/used Grabow Viking pipes. I just located one with a slight bend to the shank and stem and 2 real nice looking Viking bowls never smoked. Later I will PM you pictures, if you like it all it's yours. I know everything is going to a good home!!
I'd say after a few days to smoke the Viking i was given I'm a convert. Wonderfully made if the bowl is wet just put a different one on, you can smoke the same pipe all day. That is great for me as I work out side don't qanna carry alot of pipes with me just throw the extra bowl in my pocket. I love it I thank every one for the wonderfully amazing gifts I have been given!!!!!
Glad your enjoying the Viking. Smokes dry and easy to maintain. It will last a lifetime if cared for properly. Mine from '69 still is in mint condition after I restored it and the 5 bowls in the set are perfect.