Introducing the New COBBIT Collection!

It’s been 30 years since Missouri Meerschaum Company offered a churchwarden style corn cob pipe.  After seeing some of our old churchwardens at pipe shows across the country in the last couple years, we figured that 30 years was far too long to go without a pipe style that many pipe smokers enjoy.  Consequently, several months ago we started making prototypes, hoping to once again offer the churchwarden style in our authentic and original Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipes.

In our excitement over the project, we came up with not just one new churchwarden, but four!  Each of the four is unique in appearance.  Each one has an Italian vulcanite bit to accommodate the gentle bend that makes the churchwarden style so appealing.

The Wizard (left) is a full size churchwarden at 11 inches long with a deep bowl for those times when you can sit down and enjoy a long smoke with a bowl of your favorite leaf.

Our two new mid-sized churchwardens have very different bowl designs, but each hold about the same amount of tobacco.

The Elf (left) bowl shape is a taller version of our Rob Roy bowls, somewhat conical with a rounded flare at the top. The bowl has a dark stain added to the coating and a genuine, hardwood insert in the bottom.

The Shire (right) has an acorn-shaped bowl with a dark stain added to the coating and a genuine, hardwood insert in the bottom.

The Dwarf (below), being the smallest of the series, is just what the name implies:  a mini-churchwarden with a smaller bowl for those times when you have minutes, not hours, or when you need to use both hands.

These four pipes – the Wizard, Shire, Elf, and Dwarf – comprise our new Cobbit Collection of churchwarden style corn cob pipes!

Check out our Cobbit Collection on our website today and be one of the first to start your collection!

Oh No! Not a Price Increase!

Yes, unfortunately, the time has come that we must increase the prices on all Missouri Meerschaum products, effective October 1st.  Our last increase was on January 1, 2011, so it has been almost 4 years since we last had to increase our prices.

Regardless of what the Federal government has been saying about inflation, we are seeing increased costs in most materials, supplies and services that we purchase to make our pipes.

Even though it looks like our harvest this year will be much better than average, the cost to grow our corn was high.  In addition to the cost of growing the corn, the cost of maintaining the 1970s vintage machinery we use for picking is expensive.

We have seen hefty increases in the cost of the wooden components of our pipes, which affects both our corn cob pipes and our hardwood pipes.  We have also seen large increases in the cost of shipping supplies and in the cost of shipping itself.

From the very beginning, the mission of Missouri Meerschaum Company has been to produce great smoking pipes that everyone can afford.  That will always remain our mission, and we pledge to raise our prices only when the cost of producing our pipes forces us to do so.

Thanks for understanding, and thanks for being a customer of Missouri Meerschaum Company!

 

Introducing the New Hannibal Collection of Corn Cob Pipes!

Not too far north of our hometown of Washington, Missouri is the town of Hannibal on the west bank of the mighty Mississippi River.  Most people know Hannibal, Missouri, as the birthplace of one of America’s greatest authors, Samuel Clemens, whose pen name was Mark Twain.

Since Mark Twain smoked Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipes and since he considered Corn Cob Pipes the best pipe to use to enjoy fine tobacco, it was an easy decision to name a new Corn Cob Pipe design in his honor, calling it the Mark Twain (shown at left).

This new pipe has a large, Dublin style bowl that we have not featured on our pipes since the 1930s.  Like all of our larger pipes, the Mark Twain smokes cool and has a large tobacco chamber that is great for a long, relaxing smoke.

At the same time that we developed the Mark Twain design, we also decided that we should have another “nosewarmer” style pipe.  This new pipe has a smaller bowl and is shorter than the Mark Twain.

It is very light and is great for a short smoke or for smoking while working with your hands. We called this new pipe the Tom Sawyer (shown at right) after one of the main characters in Mark Twain’s famous novels.

So that Tom Sawyer’s good friend and companion in mischief, Huck Finn, would not be jealous, we lengthened the bit (mouthpiece) on the Tom Sawyer and called it the Huck Finn (shown below).

These three pipes – the Mark Twain, the Tom Sawyer and the Huck Finn – comprise Missouri Meerschaum’s new Hannibal Collection.

Check out our Hannibal Collection on our website!

 

Star Spangled Specials, July 4, 2014

Missouri Meerschaum is celebrating July 4th – Independence Day – with Star Spangled Specials on our Patriot and General pipes!

That’s because we’re proud and thankful to be an American owned and operated company with our roots going all the way back to 1869.  Our cobs are grown in America – Missouri River bottom land – and handcrafted into superior, cool smoking pipes right here in Washington, Missouri.

We also are proud to ship approximately 3,500 of our American grown and crafted pipes daily throughout our great country and around the world, and to back up our products with the best customer service anywhere.

We thank our customers for your loyalty and your business on this 238th birthday of our nation – the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Below is a link to our Star Spangled Specials:

http://corncobpipe.com/index.php/specials.html

 

Planting Day, 2014

Each year, we look forward to that Spring day when we can plant our hybrid pipecorn seed that will result in the large corn cobs that we need to make our authentic and original Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipes.  This year, the planting started on April 22nd and was finished the next day, April 23rd.  This was 3 weeks earlier than last year and should give our corn a head start on developing the type of cobs that we need for our corn cob pipes.  Hopefully, the early planting will allow us to harvest earlier in the fall.  Here is a link to a video from our fields made on April 23rd.  The audio is poor due to the wind that day.  We will update you on the progress of this year’s corn crop as the growing season unfolds.

 

Why Smoke a Cob?

YouTube videos, websites, Facebook pages, and other social media platforms are spreading the word in the pipe smoking community about the unique experience of smoking cobs.

Why do pipe smokers include cobs in their favorite line up of pipes?

Better yet, why do some pipe smokers smoke only cobs?

Cob smokers cite a variety of reasons for being true “fans” of our Genuine Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipes. Tens of thousands – perhaps even millions, based on our daily shipping numbers – have smoked them for decades. And yet there are lifelong pipe smokers who have not experienced the pleasure of smoking a cob pipe.

Is affordable price important to you? A sweet smoking experience? Why do you smoke cobs? Why do you smoke our cobs – or haven’t yet?  Let us know!