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Morta vs. Meer suggestions?

Morta vs. Meer suggestions?

Postby ratatosk » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:55 pm

I've bought enough high end briars to have become interested in buying either a nice morta or meer next. I've got one meer, a little $85 Paykoc that I like but it is not quite what I have in mind. Never smoked a morta but I hear that they are good and Davorin is the only carver that I know of that is available in the US, but perhaps there are some other choices?

Anyway, my usual "budget" :roll: is $300-400 for a pipe, max $500 if there was a good reason. I am not looking for elaborate carving, just a high grade around Dunhill Group 5 size that smokes well.

Thoughts?
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Re: Morta vs. Meer suggestions?

Postby BladeBoy » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:15 pm

Let me start off by saying I have never owned a morta pipe...

Morta pro's:
Cool factor of being made from material that is thousands of years old
Looks nice when sandblasted

Morta con's:
It's made of wood and will fail at some point.
It will add it's own flavors to what is smoked through it

Meerschaum pro's:
Cool factor of being made from material that is thousands of years old
display beautiful character as it colors
It is fire proof
It is very absorbent
It imparts no flavor to what is smoked through it
It has a long and fascinating history, the pipe of kings.

meerschaum con's:
It is fragile

Final verdict:
Fikri Baki meerschaum (the best IMO, his attention to detail both internally and externally and materials used are second to none in modern meerschaum production), please note that I am biased toward meerschaums :D

P.S. Walt Cannoy has recently made some exquisite meerschaums as well but for the money the Baki is the most bang for the buck IMO.
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Re: Morta vs. Meer suggestions?

Postby Bob » Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:50 am

Check out Walt Cannoy.

Here is the morta: http://waltcannoy.com/?page_id=1241

... and Meers: http://waltcannoy.com/?page_id=1154

He makes some of he nicest billiards I've seen. In fact, kind of a reference that people learn from. He will do a commission and it's in your price range. His morta's are super nice.
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Re: Morta vs. Meer suggestions?

Postby vaburp » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:24 am

I own both meer and morta pipes. Neither add any flavor to the smoke. Morta is partially fossilized wood (petrified) giving it the advantage over briar for longevity.

Todd Harris carved my last morta for a reasonable price (no affiliation)
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Re: Morta vs. Meer suggestions?

Postby ratatosk » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:12 am

Crap, I knew I should not have started this thread, you guys are too damn helpful! :lol:

You have caused me to apply the Bunny Ranch Rule, "if one is good, two must be better" (look up legal prostitution in Nevada if you do not understand the reference, EuroMen). ;) I have to sort out the details, but I will get one of each and it appears at least one will be on commission so I can figure out a way to pay for it in a bit.

Thanks for your replies.
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Re: Morta vs. Meer suggestions?

Postby noodle » Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:32 am

Years back before I got a paying job (straight out of uni) I did a bit of conservation work on some moorland
We got quite a lot of big oak and sold it to a sculptor. If I'd known how much the end product is worth id have held out for a lot more money :shock:
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Re: Morta vs. Meer suggestions?

Postby PuFFaH » Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:39 pm

Baking is one of the best. Alison has a good range but the quality is poor. Buying a meer is fought with danger.
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Re: Morta vs. Meer suggestions?

Postby 4nogginsmike » Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:51 pm

Morta:

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Re: Morta vs. Meer suggestions?

Postby Condoranian » Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:16 pm

If you do not want to commit yourself to an expensive morta pipe or just curious on the smoking qualities, you might like to try an inexpensive Mr Brog Morta pipe. I have one and what I will say is they are no big deal compared to briar. your mileage may vary of course!

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