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Ingo Garbe # 1218615
Typically brilliant work by the man I consider to be the ultimate
purist in pipe-making.  All the usual superlatives apply (open
draw, stem comfort) with the additional factor of a unique
quality and level of carving.  He is the one and only.  This pipe
is a Grp. 5 in size and in excellent condition.    There are some
very shallow scratch marks on the bowl.  Used.
5.45" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 30 grams. $850.
Joura 9 #102106
This goes back to the days when CAO imported Joura's pipes
and the 9 designation was one of his highest, as you should be
able to see by the abundant 360 degrees of straight grain.  If
you've been paying attention, you will have noticed that on the
vast majority of straight grain pipes, the quality of the grain falls
off dramatically at the front of the bowl.  Not here.  Full & tight
all around.  Joura's impeccable construction.  Unsmoked.
5.5" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 62 grams. $1095.
Joura A #1021172BK
Close to a signature shape of Karlo's, or maybe it is his signa-
ture shape.  Regardless, it is beautifull shaped and balanced.
This is a special pipe, and with the grain quality, it would be
graded much, much higher were it made and released today
rather than when he was carving exlusively for CAO in the 90's.
It's a Grp. 5 in size and my thumb does fit into the chamber.
4.9" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. New.  $1450.
Cornelius Maenz Collector for  Rattray's #89-3139JJ
This Maenz design also can take a 9mm filter.  It is a new pipe
and part of a series that a German company produces to
support individual German artisan pipe makers.  We have no
company in this country doing anything so clever.  the band is
European sterling.
5.35" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 72 grams. $145.
Rainer Barbi BA #37013RS
I hate providing the grade for Barbi pipes because they are
no indicator of the grade of the pipe.  Barbi was not exactly
whimsical when grading, he was being practical...if he needed
money, he graded the pipe higher.  It is up to the pipe buyer to
be able to look at a multi-hundred dollar pipe and determine if
the thing is good or not.  If one can't do that, one shouldn't be
buying such an expensive pipe.  I subscribe to that theory, but
when it comes to getting money, I'm happy to advertise a high
grade.  So much for hypocrisy, huh?  This Grp. 5 Apple with a
rounded triangle shank is in exc. cond., with a wide-open draw
and a Barbi hand-cut stem.  It's a rounded button, so you will
not hang this pipe from your jaw, but rather hold that great bowl
in your hand.  Note also the good cross grain and Bird's Eye.
5.6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $525.
Joura King #1149504
Long periods go by when the wood simply does not exist to
produce a King grade.  The bonus on this piece is the shape and
style, making it a great pipe to hold and smoke.  I would guess
most King's get put away as collectors' pieces.
Since this pipe was produced, Karl Heinz Joura has started
compromising the quality of his more recent pipes, stamping pipes
as "Kings," when they clearly don't deserve the designation.  To
see how this pipe stacks up in comparison with the ersatz Kings
he is now peddling, please go to to his web site and look at the
laughable grains now called King:
http://www.joura-pipeshop.de/index.php/shop/polierte-pfeifen
5.35" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $10,500
C. Manz  for Rattray's #42519JJ
One of the designer pipes made for a series honoring the great
German pipe makers.  The pipe is new and can take a 9mm
filter is the smoker so desires, although i can't imagine why
anyone would want to do that to the draw of a good pipe.
the bowl here is large, but the shape and thick walls keep the
tobacco chamber from being overly large.  
5.4" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 57 grams.  $125.
Rainer Barbi #1213117PN
For those who want to believe that pipe makers use grade
stampings for something other than revenue enhancing, this
has a "CA" on it.  The bowl size is Grp. 4, but it is short and
thus compact.  The condition is excellent, the draw wide-open
and the stem flat and exceedingly comfortable.  The front of the
bowl picture on bottom right is a bit light in color (the stain is
well represented by the mahogany colored shots) but it does
help reveal the good cross grain of the pipe.  Used.
5" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 1/4, 35 grams. Price: $475.
Ingo Garbe #8922FT (SOLD 10/7/17)
Cross grain & Bird's Eye in the nearly perfect positions...with the
cross grain also running, as it ideally should, across the full
bottom & top of the shank. It's a Grp. 5 with a large capacity
chamber into which I can easily stick my thumb.  The draw has
to be wide-open because the pipe was constructed by Ingo.
Which is why the stem's comfort level is also at the top of the
ladder.  In short, a terrific example of the man I consider the
finest pure pipe maker in the world.  Vulcanite stem.  Unsmoked
5.45" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $1250.
Joura Infinity C #218029
Getting us up there in his grading system, we have this
asymmetrical, sculpted gem from Karlo.  I will say that is fits
much better into the right hand than the left and it is a fairly
large pipe, of the Grp. 6 size.  As expected, it is an open draw
and the drilling of the air hole into the chamber is spot-on. New.
6 1/8" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 65 grams. $1960.
Ingo Garbe #51814FT (SOLD 10/11/17)
This may look reconditioned, but I have a brand new Garbe
that I bought from a shop in Munich years ago, and the chamber
coating is just the same.  Fine cross grain, which is much more
Ingo's trademark than straight grain.  The size is Grp. 5, the
draw is wide-open & a cleaner goes right through, but
sometimes it needs a twist of the wrist.  Ingo's stems are the
best because he knows it's the most important part of the pipe.
5.95" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. New. $995.
Joura King #621743JJ
For those who are diffident and don't want to apear
ostentatious in their acquisitions, we have a Joura King that is
less costly that the piece above.  Here, too, the straight grain
quality is worthy of the grade designation and the handwork is
pure Joura, with each detail coming as close to perfection as
possible.  It is also a large pipe, with a chamber easily large
enough for me to insert my thumb into.  It is easy for me to
imagine the two Kings on this page being adopted by one
person and then paired in a custom-built box.  That's the way
things should be done around here. New.  Vulcanite stem.
5.7" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 57 grams. $9600.
Ingo Garbe #425238FT
The condition of the pipe's bowl & chamber are excellent, but
the stem is less than great, with a tooth indent right on the
button & visible, but extremely shallow marks on both the top &
bottom of the stem.  One side of the bowl seems to have been
bleached a little by the sun, but that will darken evenly with the
rest of the pipe when it is smoked.  This is large, a Grp. 6 size.
The Bird's Eye & cross grain are good & the draw wide-open.
5.75" long, bowl 2.2" tall. Weight:  1.5 oz., 45 grams. $550.
Wallenstein "Balance" for Chieftan (by Rattray) #925011
This original design by Roger Wallenstein was buried in one of
my drawers for far too long.  I found it while looking for
something else.  In any case, it's here now and is still
unsmoked.  Because it's from Germany, it can take a 9mm filter,
but it is not necessary to use one and I don't in my 9mm pipe.
It's a Grp. 5 in size.  I suppose it's called Balance because
despite it's asymmetrical looking design, it sits up very well on
its roundish bottom, exhibiting great balance. Lucite stem. New.
5.35" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $160.
Eder Mathias #89277CO
The draw is open and it easily takes a pipe cleaner.  Nor is it too
large, registering as a Grp. 5.  The stem material, and the stem
work, is clearly as good as possible, feeling very comfortable.  
The trim here looks like Olive Wood to me, but I could easily be
mistaken.  Regardless, it is very handsome.  The condition of
the pipe is excellent, it having been smoked once.
5.3" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams.  Used. $750.
Juls #42506FT  (Julian Shäffer) #42506
In his exhaustive, comprehensive work on all the pipe makers
he could find, my friend José Manuel Lopes, of Portugal, said
that Shäffer made pipes from about 1982 into the 1990's and
then found other things to occupy his obviously very creative
mind.  Now, Lopes claims, his pipes are eagerly sought &
collected.  I'll soon find out. This one is a handsome Grp. 4 with
good grain all around...no weak spots.  It looks to be unsmoked.
5.25" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $250.
Rainer Barbi BC #102127BK
It's for, for me at least, to see a master carver, Barbi in this
case, produce an original classic shape.  These are almost the
true tests of their ability.  In this case, it's clear that no machine
can cut a Dublin any better than Barbi can do it freehand.  Of
course the draw is wide-open.  Grp. 5. Vulcanite stem. New.
5.6" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $750.
Barbi BC #102137BK
It can get tiresome, and feel redundant, to have to talk so often
about the beautifully sculpted pieces of pipe makers with the
creative genius (genius might be a stretch, but maybe it isn't a
stretch, at all) of a Barbi.  He has a never ending arsenal of
shapes upon which he can call and I'm not sure how he decides
what to carve, other than intuition and experience, which might
be one definition of creative genius for all I know.  Almost
everyone else would have made the triangle shape of this bowl
more prominent.  Here, Barbi employs a subtle, refined touch to
this difficult shape. This is a Grp. 6 in size, with wide-open draw
and construction that allows for the easy flow of a cleaner
through to the chamber bottom.  The wood trim might be
boxwood.  Vulcanite stem.  Unsmoked.
5.85" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $785.
Porsche Pipe #89157CO
The Porsche is made in Holland, but I figured that since they
share much of a common border, it would be OK to put the pipe
here, rather than on the Misc. page.  The car, after all, is made
in Germany.  As with all Porsche pipes, this one can take a
9mm filter, and there is one filter included.  One most definitely
does not have to use the filter...it's a matter of choice.  Also,
the pipe is unsmoked, so condition is not an issue. The stem is
acrylic and it's about a large Grp. 5 in size.
5.8" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 71 grams. $385
Joura 9 #1021052BK
This pipe was imported during the time that CAO brought in
Joura pipes.  It is probably a large Grp. 5, and despite the very
wide rim, I can squeeze my thumb into the tobacco chamber.  
The stem is brindle.  The balance is so good that the pipe sits
up and can spin around on the bowl bottom.  Unsmoked.
5.2" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $650
Peter Klein AA #89160CO
The side of the bowl that may appear flat is not that flat...it is
gently curved and rounded.  Peter incorporated some of the
plateau into the design, on the bottom of the bowl & the stem is
a wonderfully flat and comfortable vulcanite.  The draw is wide-
open & with a twist of a cleaner, it goes through to the
chamber.  Grp. 5 in size.  New.
5.2" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 71 grams. New. $435
Joura 9 #218140BK
I don't know if Joura has what is called a signature shape, but if
he doesn't, this should be it. The pipe has a brilliant simplicity in
its design and an indescribable elegance & appeal in the
execution.  This smacks of being a great smoke, which isn't a
risky statement when talking about a Joura pipe.  This Grade 9
was made exclusively for CAO, when they were the U.S.
importers of Joura's pipes.  It's a Grp. 6 in size & the draw is
wide-open.  In keeping with the tradition of most high end pipes,
the stem is made of vulcanite.  Unsmoked.
5.75" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $850.
Peter Klein A #89174CO
I could almost talk myself into believing this pipe was unsmoked,
but I do think someone gave it a quick walk around the block.
In short, the cond. is exc.  The draw is open and the stem is a
comfortable vulcanite.  It's really only a Grp. 4 in size, although it
gives a larger appearance, perhaps because of a a thick shank
& a bowl with plenty of briar at the bottom.  Dig that Bird's Eye
on the bottom of the bowl.  Used.
5.3" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 70 grams. $235.
Ingo Garbe #42542FT (RESERVED)
This attractively cross-grained pipe is a Grp. 6 in size with a
wide-open draw.  The rim is clean & smooth, as is the tobacco
chamber & the stem is bite-mark free.  Vulcanite stem.  Used.
5.6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 49 grams. $475.
Ingo Garbe #42559FT
In looking at some of these older Ingo Garbe pipes we can see
the evolution of someone I consider to be a near-genius pipe
maker...someone who's pipes embody everything a pipe should
be and do for the pipe smoker, and not a feature to aggrandize
the pipe maker's ego (which is not to say that Ingo doesn't have
a rather sizable ego...but he's 1/2 crazy, so it doesn't count the
same).  This is a classic Lovat, a shape that continues to
capture the imagination of pipe makers and smokers, despite
what might look like an easily executable form.  There is wear
on the rim, and weak spots in terms of grain, but nothing about
the integrity of the pipe is compromised.  The draw is wide-open
& Ingo appears to have already addressed his obsession with
creating the perfect, most comfortable stem.  Vulcanite. Used.
5.3" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $450.
Peter Klein A Grade #61514CO
I met Peter when he was just starting as a pipe maker and for an
income he was still working for a school district near Cologne,
Germany.  He is now one of the better established German
pipe makers, although I understand he's living in Denmark.  This
pipe is a Grp. 5 in size and can not take a 9mm filter (as many
of his pipes do) but does have an open draw.  Good cross grain
pattern & the pipe can sit up.  Acrylis stem.  Unsmoked.
5.85" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $395.
Frank Axmacher #425143PN
I know it's irrelevant, but whenever I need to describe a Frank
Axmacher pipe, I can't help thinking how much I like the
gentleman.  He is a pleasure to be around and talk to,
especially when the conversation goes deep into the night and
concerns many issues, including pipes and other pipe makers,
but also personal history.  And since we're on the subject, you
can include Jurgen Moritz in there, too.  Back to pipes.  This is
what I would call a typical Axmacher, with the bone shank
extension & a military touch to the stem/shank treatment.  The
size is Grp. 5, the cond. is exc., the draw is wide-open and the
stem is vulcanite (I need to clean it up, but that's easy). Used.
5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. $285.  
Steffen Müller #89283CO (Newly Posted)
As you can see the dramatic Bird's Eye and cross grain patterns
for yourself, I will spend the space giving a few dimensions that
I normally wouldn't.  On the tall size, the bowl is 2.7" tall & the
shorter side is 2.15" tall.  The width of the bowl, at its narrowest
point, with the cross grain, is 1.1" across.  The construction is
also fine, as the draw is open.  Vulcanite stem and unsmoked.
5.4" long, bowl 2.55" tall.  Weight: 3 5/8 oz., 95 grams. $745.
Ingo Garbe #51809FT
Grp. 6 cross grain (Ingo's signature grain pattern) in very good
cond with an open draw.  A little tooth mark (hardly an indent)
on the top of the stem, & just a little wear at one point of the rim.
Very interesting patina on the stain...does this mean, asks The
Pipe Whisperer (me) that this is one of those magic-smoking
pipes?  Could be.  Vulcanite stem, used.
5.75" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. $565.
Safferling #51834FT
Bertram Safferling was educated in Art & Design, which explains
his originality and avant guard shapes.  He also works with
perhaps fewer electric equipt. than any pipe maker other than
Baldo Baldi.  I haven't been in Baldo's workshop, but I have
been in Bertram's.  I don't know what size to call this, but it is
large, and because of all that briar, also heavy.  We'll weight it
soon.  The draw is open & easily takes a pipe cleaner.  The
condition is excellent.  Dig the Bird's Eye that covers the bottom
of the pipe.  Used.
5.8" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 3.5 oz., 98 grams. $235.
Safferling #51840FT
This is almost a traditionally shaped pipe from Bertram, which, I
hope, didn't torture his soul.  (OK...I'm exaggerating...he makes
plenty of standard pipes.)  This certainly qualifies as a large
pipe & is in exc. cond.  The draw is open and a cleaner goes
right to the chamber.  If I hadn't been using the same cleaner
for 2 straight years, it would probably flow through easier.  The
grain you can see for yourself, including that great Bird's Eye
carpet on the bottom of the whole pipe.  Vulcanite stem. Used.
5.85" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 3 7/8 oz., 109 grams. $325.
Joura #8927FT (SOLD 9/28/17)
Not only is this pipe a dandy little Brandy (it's a Grp. 5 in size)
but it also has the gold dot on the stem as indication of being
the finest grade Karlo produced at the time.  You can see that
in the quality of the straight grain all around the bowl.  The
dings you see on the rim at the bottom right have been all but
buffed out.  Somebody smoked something a little perfumy in
this pipe, but I'm confident I can remove that aroma & taste...it
is not strong.   Use and slight wear is evident, as in buffing of
the stem, but the overall condition is very good. Vulcanite stem.
5.5" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. $785.
Ingo Garbe #8932FT
Large, a Grp. 6 in size.  In very good cond., with a mere tough
of use visible on the inner rim.  The draw is wide-open & the
business end of the stem is comfortably flat.  Some buffing has
reduced the size of the stem's circumference, so it is not as
smooth & flush against the shank as when new.  Vulcanite stem.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams.  Used. $650.
Ingo Garbe #8937FT  (RESERVED)
Along with the fine shape as carved by Ingo, the grain is solid
all around the bowl.  The cond. is exc., too & the vulcanite stem
comports with what you expect from Garbe, which may well be
the best in the business.  It's a Grp. 5 in size & the draw is
wide-open. It's still not broken in, as the chamber shows.
An exceptional pipe from an exceptional pipe maker.  Used.
5.9" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 53 grams. $850.
Ingo Garbe #8942FT (SOLD 10/4/17)
I missed taking a photo of the front of the bowl, but it is just an
extension of the two photos of the sides of the pipe...a lot of
exceptional Bird's Eye & cross grain.  The pipe is unsmoked 7
the draw is wide open.  It also takes a cleaner to the end of
the shank, which terminates just behind the chamber.  It is as
though there's a little pocket at the bottom of the chamber.  I
can't imagine how that would impair the quality of smoke in any
way.  It's quite large...a Grp. 7 in size.  Unsmoked.  
5.75" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 72 grams. $1150.