Price and Grading
As of January, 2002 stampings include finish and size as well as date.
(XTRA DIFFICULT SHAPE)
| SMOOTH STRAIGHT
GRAIN ADD FOR
| BLAST OR BLACK & TAN ADD FOR
greek briar aged 35 yrs
DESCRIPTION OF FINISHES :
Pristine: Is a very light understain which is used to highlight the grain
Natural: Pipes which have no stain just a carnuba wax finish
SUNRISE: A light red understain with a gold topping.
Mocha: A dark brown understain combined with a Natural finish.
Cabernet: Is a two tone stain, usually with a dark brown or black underneath with a brown , red or orange overstain.
Bengal : A Black understain with an orange topping
Traditional Black &Tan: A half smooth pipe generally orange or red with a black coral carve.
Natural Black &Tan
Tanblast: A natural sandblast.
Brown Blast: A stained sandblast.
Dark Blast: A stained sandblast.
Dark Coral: A hand carved stained textured pipe.
Naked Coral:A hand carved natural textured pipe.
Dress Coral: A hand carved natural textured pipe. with pearlescent stem insert
Straight Grains / Birdseye:
For pipes with extra good grain will carry stars as a rating. Currently 1-4 stars.
Pipes are stamped with :
The American logo : with the year it was made( starting from 2000) This year reads 00
A Finish stamp
Stars for straight grain rating
Special Orders are stamped SO, Special orders are priced using the above structure with possible some additional charge for a very difficult shape.
Difficulty of Shape:. A size six billiard is the same price as the same size hawkbill, which is a lot harder to make.Pipes that are more difficult to make now carry an "X" next to the Size designation. If a pipe is extremely difficult it may carry an XX, tho those are extremely rare.
Silver Star: All pipes except freehands & pipes with very thin stems carry a handmade sterling silver star logo with a black enamel backing.
Gold Star: A grade of pipes that will carry a solid gold star as the logo. So far only three have been made and if I get one every couple years I d consider it lucky.