Old German Clay Pipes are produced by Markus Fohr, a pipe maker based in Montabaur, Germany, whose family has made clay pipes for generations. Calling on centuries-old techniques, Fohr uses original molds that produce clay pipes with slight variations, ensuring your pipe is the only one quite like it in the world! In fact, some of the molds used by Fohr date back well over 200 years. This means it is very possible that you are smoking from the same style of pipe that your ancestors would have used.
Clay is a unique material for pipes. Unlike briar, clay requires no time to condition. Additionally, clay pipes do not retain any “ghost flavor” from previous tobacco, which makes them a useful tool for sampling as they allow for all of the nuances of different blends.
Clay is also very malleable, so it is far easier to make more intricate designs and additions to the smoking pipe. You can see that in some of their decorative pipes, such as this one with a man next to a barrel. Or maybe you would prefer the one with a wolf caught in a trap.
Remember to handle your clay smoking pipes with care. They are far more fragile than briar and can easily crack if you are not careful. Thanks to improved technology and skill, these clay pipes made by Old German Clay Pipes are sturdier than the ones made in the past, but they are still less durable than other materials.
Although more fragile, these are still great pipes to both use and collect. The designs and the artistic care put into each pipe shows the history of their use from past to present.
With Markus Fohr’s Old German Clay Pipes, pipers experience a specific, historical dimension of pipecraft that has been used for generations. Collectors, likewise, will appreciate the unique shapes these classical molds bring to their collections.