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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Central Indiana
Re: Pressed Meerschaum Pipes
The pressed gurgler I own has a small (3mm) airway with a major bend; I think it was born to gurgle from bad geometry and not from bad materials. Unless coloration is a big issue I can't say there's anything wrong with pressed meer from my limited experience.
As to the original post, I have photos of each but they won't show you what is a very subtle difference.
Probably nothing real wrong with it at all. You know how purists are! I'm one to a degree. Then again, it's true that a pressed meer does not have the absorbency of block. It's physically impossible, as their is no grain (and yes, block meer has a very definite grain pattern) and the epoxy/dust merger tends to close the pores that are abundant in block meer.
That said, you're 100% correct about the physics of your pipe. Not much you can do but open the airway, which is something I wouldn't trust myself to do.
My pipe doesn't stink - YOU stink!