The Spindle is the lastest addition to the Great Dane series and replaced the Egg in 2014. The slightly more abstract shape which resembles a spindle and given a straight shank & mouthpiece. The Danish range from Missouri Meerscahum brings the Danes flare of shapes, to the trusty corn cobs. This natural finish is given a sealing with plaster and a hardwood plug on the base. Unlike the cheaper models (Legend, Pride, Pony & Mizzouri) which use pipe makers concrete, the hard plug will last a lot longer.
Uses the 6mm Medico filter and can be smoked without (more common than with)
Corn cobs have a slightly bad reputation, they are seen as the disposable pipe. A cheap alternative to briar and therefore inferior too, but thats not fair at all. The Missouri Meerschaum pipes are made by hand, using specifically bread corn. The porous husk allows for a dryer smoke, absorbing the moisture and like Clay & Meerschaum smokes very cool. Unlike Briar and other wooden pipes, a carbon cake is not required. The first few smokes have a sweet, nutty taste but after that the pipe holds no background flavours and always gives a pure taste to the tobacco. Many blenders (our self's included) use Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob pipes to sample blends, for the neutral taste.
Pipe Material : Corn Cob
Shape : Spindle
Finish : Smooth
Colour : Natural
Mouthpiece : Tapered with Fishtail (Plastic)
Filter : None
Pipe Length : 148mm
Pipe Height : 53mm
Pipe Width : 39mm
Chamber Width : 19mm
Chamber Depth : 37mm
Weight : 41grams
*All Missouri Meerschaum Pipes are made by hand and differ in size slightly and weight.
Posted by Andrew on 25th Feb 2015
I thought I'd give one of these corn cobs a try, partly out of curiosity and because I'm going through a phase of sampling a number of new tobaccos lately.
When the pipe arrived I noticed it had been nicely finished and actually looked quite appealing.
The smoke from the first fill was tainted with the taste of the wood dowel and I think I could detect a sort of corn taste as well. The smoke was a bit hot, but with no tongue bite and the flavour of the tobacco somewhat lost. At this point I wondered if I had made a mistake buying this pipe as I have 5 superb block meerschaums as well as 3 vintage Stanwell briars.
The second bowl-full smoked without any foreign tastes and was a very pleasant smoke after which I twisted a tight plug of kitchen towel around in the bowl chamber and then ran a cleaner through the dowel shank and through the mouthpiece. I was worried I'd have to buy very slim pipe cleaners for what looks a very slender shank and mouthpiece, but was amazed how easily a standard cotton cleaner passed through.
The draw of this pipe is impressively easy - better than a lot of expensive pipes, some of which I've needed to drill out in the past, allowing gentle sipping and a nice slow burn. The tobacco burnt down to dry grey ash right to the bottom and after the third bowl-full smoked on a par with my block meerschaums.
For £8.50 this is an absolute gem of a pipe and I may well add a couple more of the MM range to future tobacco orders. These pipes have a definite place in any devoted pipe smoker's collection and are a wonderful opportunity for new pipe smokers to get the very best from their tobacco right from the start without the daunting outlay of buying expensive pipes until they are able to choose discerningly.