The best "pipe quality" meerschaum is found only in one small area of Turkey. Meerschaum is excellent for pipes because it is a lightweight mineral and does not burn. It absorbs heat and moisture and provides a cool, dry smoke. When carved and polished, meerschaum pipes are often collectible works of art. As they are used, the pipes turn from white to a beautiful reddish-brown color. Meerschaums do not easily overhead and can be smoked much more often than briar pipes. But they can be fragile and break if dropped on a hard surface.
Servi Meerschaum pipes are made by hand in Eskisehir Turkey. Their master carver, Mesut, has been creating meerschaum pipes since he was 12 years old. The Signature Series are the finest made and are carved only by Mesut and are signed by him.
On the numbered series pipes, the higher the numbers mean the pipes are larger and created by carvers with more experience than the next smaller number series.