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Different Bowl Materials - Pipe 101 - Cigars International

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At first glance, pipes can feel like an overwhelming wave of information and uncharted territory. Here, we break it down nice and simple to help make it as seamless as possible. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. We've got your back friend, and have the 411 you need to get up and running in no time.

Common Types of Pipes
Corn Cob -- Cheap, yet highly effective, corn cob pipes are the perfect place to start your pipe journey. Requiring no break in period, corn cob pipes are primed and ready to go as soon as you pick one up. Great for sampling tobaccos, as you don't have to worry about using a possibly unpleasant tobacco in your everyday pipe. Many people keep one on hand as backup, or as a travel pipe. Most are made right here in the U-S of A.
Brylon -- Developed in the 1960's as a cheaper alternative to briar. A nylon and wood composite that is tough as nails and provides a lifetime of service.
Briar -- Is the most popular type of pipe made today. Pipe makers primarily use briar for two reasons. It is extremely resistant to fire, definitely a good thing, and its porous nature makes for a dry, cool smoke. In many cases it also happens to be pretty easy on the eyes, and tends to feature gorgeous grain patterns. Briar is harvested from the roots of the shrub tree heath, grown in the soils of the Mediterranean. This small shrub is formally referred to as Erica arborea.
Meerschaum -- Regarded as the best tasting pipe you can buy. A soft white mineral primarily harvested in Turkey, Meerschaum is a lot like soap in its natural state. This pliability allows for intricate designs and a high level of craftsmanship. It is then cured for hardening, and polished. Besides being eye-catching, meerschaum is highly functional. Its porous nature acts as a natural filter, absorbing tars and moisture. The more you smoke it, the more the meerschaum transforms from stark white to light brown, with flavors garnered from the smoke improving with time.