For pipe smokers § 5
Tobacco pipes in clay and ceramic
A particular specialism of Amsterdam Pipe Shop is the section pipes of clay or ceramic. For centuries, the smokers used clay until the briar pipe became common in the middle of the nineteenth century. Clay pipes have many advantages. First, the material absorbs the moisture optimally, making the pipe smoke pleasantly dry. Due to the dry smoke the flavor is the best.
Another advantage is that the material clay is strictly neutral and therefore does not give off-taste. For this reason, the clay pipe is often used for the tests and try out of pipe tobaccos. Briar wood is not tasteless and changes the flavor of the tobacco always something due to the carbonization of the wood.
In clay pipes many different qualities can be distinguished, often unrecognizable for the eye. The greater the absorbency the better the taste. A maximum of porous shard thus results in the best quality smoke, in other words a soft, mild flavorful smoke.
The range of clay and ceramics consists of two main types. Most traditional are the press molded clay tobacco pipes, made on a time-honored way by clay pressed into a metal mold. Such pipes are used for centuries in thousands of varieties. Unfortunately, they are no longer produced. Especially pipes of old established factories give a great taste experience. They are one of the particular specializations of Amsterdam Pipe Shop.
The second main type is the slip casted smoking pipe, which is modern in design and is produced in a plaster mold. Nowadays many of these products have a built-in cooling system. They are double walled and ensure that the smoke comes with some delay in the mouth, resulting in a cool and pleasant taste. Also the slip casted pipe gives the best flavor because the material itself has no taste at all.
The prices of clay pipes run from ten Euros to just over a hundred for the oldest specimens of special brands. Ceramic pipes are priced between 30 and 120 Euros.
Amsterdam Pipe Shop is authorized supplier of the following brands :
of many other brands we also have one or a few pieces in stock
Combined with a rich choice of pipe tobaccos the stock of Amsterdam Pipe Shop is complete. And, last but not least, please remember that every purchase supports the Pijpenkabinet Foundation that runs the national pipe museum in Holland.
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