This is not your grandfathers cob! It's the ultimate cob, created by Riccardo Santia of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Riccardo uses Missouri Meerschaum cobs, specially grown for use in his pipes. Each pipe represents approximately 5 hours of work to craft. His pipes have become very popular in the last year and was mentioned in the Pipes &Tobacco magazine Fall issue 2012 and Spring issue 2013.
Any serious pipe smoker knows that cobs can provide a great smoke for little money. However, there are drawbacks, such as, plastic bits and a propensity to burn or rot -out at the base. Riccardo's Ultimate cobs address these problems with vulcanite or acrylic stems, bamboo shanks and even better a tapered briar insert in the bottom of the bowl which prevents bottom burnouts and rot-outs.
The Ultimate Cobs are great works of folk art. Take this to your next pipe club meeting and be amazed at the attention it will get - to say nothing about the fact that they smoke ultimately great and are almost weightless.