What are your thoughts on these cheap, inexpensive, knock off, etc., whatever you call them, that I see all over ebay these days? Good for the hobby, bad, doesn't matter, etc. They seem like pretty nice pipes from the looks of them and some of the shapes are fantastic. Something in the back of my brain tells me this is not a good thing for the hobby carvers, pipe makers, refurbishers, and the like.
I guess I should look at them the same as the cheaper Brighams. Rossi. etc. on SPipes?? They have there own niche and don't effect others price points?
I seem to recall a few members here have bought one as well.
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I have a Roadkill pipe that tastes like chemicals after several years. I would much rather spend my money on a basket level St. Claude or Italian pipe and leave the Chinese out of the equation completely. The French and Italians know how to make pipes that you don't have to worry about poisoning you. I have several that smoke just fine. If it's something fancy that you just have to have, you can probably get one of our craftsmen to make you one for a few dollars more. In my opinion we are at war with China and people just haven't realized it yet.
Post by Cramptholomew on Oct 8, 2020 23:34:01 GMT -5
I can't find any supporting posts right now, but I remember hearing that, initially, the parent company was producing knockoffs of artisan pipes for dirt cheap. I, myself, find that unethical, but they seemed to have stopped that practice. This is obviously hearsay, so take it fwiw. I was tempted to buy a couple of them a good while ago, but never won an auction. At this point, I'm just fine with that.
Morgan Bones are halfway decent pipes for the money, but I'd rather have a decent estate for <$50.