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Dr. François

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I currently have two briar pipes, one bent and one poker. My bent pipe is just a single step above a drugstore pipe. It was made in Italy, and it works fine. I'm pretty sure I bought it because I liked the color of the finish.
My poker was an estate pipe purchased on ebay, seen here, and it is an excellent pipe. I also have a corn cob pipe I love to use when out on the kayak or wandering somewhere less than hospitable to polished briar.

I'm hoping to buy a nice, new pipe. Does anyone have a recommendation for a 40-70 dollar, high quality, go-to pipe? I'm not picky on shape or finish. Something available through Iwan Ries would be great. IRC sent me two complimentary tobaccos to try...I didn't even have to pay shipping! Thus, if possible, I'd like to spend some money on the IRC website.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
 

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Anything Peterson, Savinelli,Stanwell.

I prefer the Stanwells but have owned several of the other two...good pipes for little dough.
 

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I just bought my eighth Stanwell.
A Golden Danish 64.
 

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To add to the above suggestions I would also add Jirsa (which I see Iwan Ries carries), Bjarne (they also carry) and Vauen. They all have a pipe line in that price range and their pipes are very well constructed IMHO.
 

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I have never owned a Jirsa or a Vaugn but I've had a few Bjarnes.... They are good pipes.
 

Dr. François

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Thank you all for your suggestions. I think I've narrowed the field a bit.

1.) I like the Stanwell Majestic 86. It looks like it has a solid, thick bowl that won't heat up too much.
http://www.iwanries.com/Stanwell_Majestic_86_P7546C281.cfm

2.) I also really like the Savinelli Professor Sandblast. It isn't often someone anticipates your profession and designs a pipe.
http://www.iwanries.com/Savinelli_Professor_Sandblast_P2289C269.cfm

3.) I have heard good things about the Peterson 150 line. The Shannon finish is quite inexpensive.
http://www.iwanries.com/Peterson_Shannon_150_P1895C251.cfm

All style points moot, anyone care to weigh in on which you would choose?
 

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You may also want to check out J.M. Boswell. He does some nice work and is pretty economically priced. I believe his site is www.boswellpipes.com.
 

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My first pipe was a Majestic 64 and is prob my best smoker still. The thick walls are a plus in my book but its a little heavy to clench. I have one of those rubber bit deals on it so I can clench for a bit if nessary. IMHO its a good way to go.
 

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Seconding (or thirding, fifthing, etc.) what others have said: Stanwell, Savinelli, and Wessex.

My Stanwell is amazing! I have two Savs that are fabulous as well. The Wessex is taking a bit longer to break in, but now it's smoking better all the time and it is gorgeous, a sandblasted straight bulldog with a cumberland stem, looks like it should have cost two or three times more than it did.
 

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Dr. F....I would suggest going to Frenchy's Pipes or Greyfox (Google'em) and looking at what they offer. Pretty good bargains in the $40-70 range. FTRPLT
 

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All great pipes for the buck mentioned above but don't forget Kaywoodie and they are American made. Gray Fox Online has a great sale going on right now with very nice Kaywoodies like some I own going for as low as $38 bucks with free shipping.

I don't see Kaywoodies listed on Iwan Ries website and if you really want to purchase from them I would go with any of the ones suggested above. I am fond of bent billiards for practical smoking purposes.
 

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Dr. François":52jdo3ot said:
Thank you all for your suggestions. I think I've narrowed the field a bit.

1.) I like the Stanwell Majestic 86. It looks like it has a solid, thick bowl that won't heat up too much.
http://www.iwanries.com/Stanwell_Majestic_86_P7546C281.cfm

2.) I also really like the Savinelli Professor Sandblast. It isn't often someone anticipates your profession and designs a pipe.
http://www.iwanries.com/Savinelli_Professor_Sandblast_P2289C269.cfm

3.) I have heard good things about the Peterson 150 line. The Shannon finish is quite inexpensive.
http://www.iwanries.com/Peterson_Shannon_150_P1895C251.cfm

All style points moot, anyone care to weigh in on which you would choose?
I believe all would be great choices!
 

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Justpipes":40cpwmyt said:
All great pipes for the buck mentioned above but don't forget Kaywoodie and they are American made. Gray Fox Online has a great sale going on right now with very nice Kaywoodies like some I own going for as low as $38 bucks with free shipping.

I don't see Kaywoodies listed on Iwan Ries website and if you really want to purchase from them I would go with any of the ones suggested above. I am fond of bent billiards for practical smoking purposes.
Here's my $38 KW Shellcraft. Good pipe, great deal!
On sale through the end of the month at GrayFox (always free shipping)
 

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Hermit":fwxqb6kb said:
Justpipes":fwxqb6kb said:
All great pipes for the buck mentioned above but don't forget Kaywoodie and they are American made. Gray Fox Online has a great sale going on right now with very nice Kaywoodies like some I own going for as low as $38 bucks with free shipping.

I don't see Kaywoodies listed on Iwan Ries website and if you really want to purchase from them I would go with any of the ones suggested above. I am fond of bent billiards for practical smoking purposes.
Here's my $38 KW Shellcraft. Good pipe, great deal!
On sale through the end of the month at GrayFox (always free shipping)
Very nice Hermit! You can't beet them for the price and they are fabulous smokers!
 

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Do all the Kaywoodies still have a filter system, Which I don't really care for?

Bd

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Bulldog Bruce":2hcz64yk said:
Do all the Kaywoodies still have a filter system, Which I don't really care for?

Bd

Never Forget!
I have two. The Shellcraft pictured above and a Sterling.
Neither have filters.
 

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Bulldog Bruce":zafkbqpm said:
Do all the Kaywoodies still have a filter system, Which I don't really care for?

Bd

Never Forget!
Most of the new Kaywoodies and particularly the ones sold by Gray Fox have regular push stems. They still make some with the "Drinkless System" but Mike at Gray Fox to my knowledge doesn't sell them. Another good resourse for the push stem Kaywoodie lines is http://www.cupojoes.com/

I believe they are the best pipe value on the market because you can get a lot of them for under $50 and even most of the higher grade ones sell for $50-$75.
 
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