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One thing that surprises most folks who see several corn cob pipes side by side is how much the cobs naturally vary in color and texture.

The photo at right is of several shapes and finishes, but best of all it illustrates this variety.

Pipe #1 is a Smooth Egg Shaped Great Dane. This pipe features a surface which is filled with plaster of Paris and then lacquered. This is our most popular finish and is the finish that was granted a US Patent in 1878 to the founder of Missouri Meerschaum.


Pipe # 2 is a Country Gentleman. The bowl is first filled, as outlined in #1, but then it was exposed to open flame and then burnished to a smooth and polished finish. Lastly it received a coat of lacquer.


Pipe #3 is a Free Hand, which is unique in that it is the only production corn cob pipe in the USA which is still completely hand turned. This pipe has undergone the same steps as the Country Gentleman, only these steps are all done by a skilled hand.


Pipe #4 is a Smooth General, which has the same finish as pipe #1. I guess I put it in the photo mostly because I like it!


Pipe # 5 and 6 are actually the same style and finish. I told you the cobs vary! These are both Natural MacArthur pipes, which have absolutely no finish at all. # 5 is about as white a cob as I have ever seen, and #6 is quite red.


Folks who smoke a Natural Bowl often claim that they smoke cooler, which makes sense seeing that the cobs surface is a bit like the fins on a radiator.

2 comments:

Bill Vaughn said...

Hello, just a quick question- I've just started "seriously" smoking a pipe over the last year (I've messed around with an old Dr. G. here and there over the years but never seriously). I love using the Missouri Meerchaum corn cobs (and ozarks) for tobaccos like "Five Brothers" and classic Burleys like "Prince Albert"- the Missouri Meerchaum pipes I have now are all filtered, but I prefer non-filtered pipes. I have been smoking them without the filter but am now wondering if this might be a problem (cause too strong of drag or pull for example). If it is a problem, is there anything I can use other than a filter to reduce the force of drag without using a filter? Finally, which of the corn cob pipes are filterless? Thanks so much- I must say, I enjoy my corn cobs and ozarks every bit as much as the Petersons, Stanwells, and Bjarne that I currently have. Thanks for all of the info here as well, what a great resource!

Mr Tool Hunter said...

Bill, I don't know how I missed your comment, but yes, all the Missouri Meerschaum pipes can be enjoyed without a filter. Thanks for the comment and the feedback! Scott