IMP Meerschaum
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IMP Meerschaum pipes solved the problems of poor fitting and plastic stems. There fittings are similar to a briar and the stems are hand cut from A Grade German Lucite with Delrin tenons. That is why we have added them to our site. All IMP Meerschaums are hand carved in Turkey from the best block meerschaum in an atölye (artisans workshop).
Meerschaum (magnesium silicate/sepiolite) is a porous white, mineral first used for pipe making in the 1720’s. When wetted it becomes similar to potters clay & easily carved. The word "meerschaum" is German for "seafoam", named due to its appearance when pieces were found floating in the Black Sea.

Meerschaum is dug up by hand from rickety tunnels in the earth. It is then split into blocks for differently sized pipes. IMP meerschaum pipes are hand made by skilled craftsmen in stages. An apprentice roughs out the shape, and a master comes in later to do the carving and detailing (such as the figural pipes). Then it is kiln dried. After they are polished with glass-paper, bathed in natural beeswax & then polished with bone ash. Which aids the coloring process over long use. For those who prefer immediate color, IMP stains some bowls.

IMP avoids the wearing out problems of earlier times. Each IMP is sleeved in the shank to accept the smooth nylon tenon, that will be similar to removing the stem from a briar pipe. Every pipe comes in a fitted carved wood case that is lined and leather covered. Meerschaum pipes don't burn out and each will color differently from the bottom up over the years.

 

IMP Meerschaum # 1 $ 295.00 $ 250.75
Bulldog Silver with case
IMP Meerschaum # 2 $ 310.00 $ 263.50
Bent Billiard double Silver with case
IMP Meerschaum # 4 $ 255.00 $ 214.20
Billiard with case
IMP Meerschaum # 5 $ 265.00 $ 237.50
Horn with case
IMP Meerschaum # 6 $ 315.00 $ 281.50
Full Bent Silver band and Rim Cap with case
IMP Meerschaum # 7 $ 285.00 $ 254.50
Volcano with case
IMP Meerschaum # 3 $ 275.00 $ 236.50
Bent Billiard Silver with case RESERVED
Meerschaum Care: A meerschaum pipe is more fragile than briar and when warm it is more so. The pipe must be allowed to cool completely before cleaning or taking it apart.


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