"The Pipe", despite what it's name might suggest, is not the definitive pipe. What it is in fact is a curiosity; a historical oddity - a smoking instrument made not from briar nor meerschaum, nor any other familiar medium. In fact, it wasn't even shaped, in the sense that we think of other pipes as being shaped. It was formed, from phenolic resin, around a chamber of pyrolytic graphite.
- Eric N. Squires