Corn Cob Pipes
Choosing your first pipe can be a difficult decision. Pipe smoking doesn’t need to be an expensive hobby, especially not at first. One options I suggest in the video is going with corn cob pipes at first. These are an excellent choice for those new to pipe smoking as well as seasoned veterans.
I also discuss “basket pipes” and “estate pipes.” Basket pipes can be a good deal once in a great while. Some times these are pipes made by a quality manufacturer but there are too many aesthetic flaws to sell under the brand name. More likely, they are cheaply made and won’t yield a good smoke.
Estate pipes are often a good choice. Buy your estate pipe from someone reputable who has already cleaned it. While estate pipes can be a bargain, they are often an unwanted pipe from someone’s pipe collection – pipe smokers don’t often sell their best smokers. That is something to keep in mind when buying estate pipes.
Buying Pipes on eBay
If you know what you are doing, you can find great pipes on eBay and competitive prices. I wrote a guide with tips to help you sort out the better auctions from the potentially problematic auctions. Check out my guide, the Pipe Buying Guide for Online Auctions. If you are new to buying estate pipes or new pipes on eBay this guide is bound to be helpful and compared to the cost of shipping a pipe back to the seller or being stuck with a dud it is a worthwhile investment.
Rather than wade through all the “stuff” that ends up on eBay categorized under “pipes” give Nothing But Pipes a try. I set this site up to filter out much of the junk auctions and organize the pipes in various ways, such as by brand, price range, and when the auction is closing.
I discuss these thoughts and more in the video.