Old German Clay: Flowing Fountain (Black) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-557-0019

Old German Clay pipes are hand-crafted by Markus Fohr in Montabaur, Germany, using the region's prized white clay. Maintaining his family's rich pipe-making tradition, Fohr utilizes antique hand-presses to mold pipes in the style of centuries past, with some of the presses dating back to the late 18th century. Until briar was popularized in the mid 19th century, clay pipes dominated the pipe-smoking milieu, and for many, they were the only smoking instruments available: Meerschaum pipes existed, but clay was more ubiquitous and economically accessible. Most public houses and taverns provided a communal supply of clay pipes, often in long, willowy Churchwarden form. Today, while briar pipes have become the norm for most pipe smokers, clay pipes are still available and offer a distinct aesthetic and what many consider a neutral flavor. In fact, pipe-tobacco blenders often utilize clay pipes when testing and experimenting with prospective mixtures. Clay is more delicate than other pipe-making materials, so special care is advised when storing and traveling with a clay pipe; however, they're incredibly heat-resistant and immune to burnout, making them perfect workhorse smokers. Even though the bowl will get hot, there's no risk of damaging the pipe — they're fired in a kiln during production, after all.

Offered here is a sleek Flowing Fountain design by Markus Fohr in a black finish and with a detailed, striated motif along the shank and lower bowl.

Note: While all of our other pipes are photographed individually, these are not, and you may expect some reasonable cosmetic variation between the example we've photographed and the pipe you've received.

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.25 in./158.75 mm.
  • Weight: 0.64 oz./18.14 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.30 in./33.02 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 0.95 in./24.13 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Carved
  • Material: Clay
  • Country: Germany
Customer Reviews (7 Total)
Overall Rating:
3.71 out of 5 stars
With his black clay pipe...
March 07, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Flowing Fountain (Black)
Personally I love this pipe. This particular shape and mold. Yes some of them are not perfect. Bendy stem, crooked airway. But with a bit of practice this has become my top pipe. Even over some of my tried and true briars. Its greatest pro: no burnou... Read More
My New Favorite
December 22, 2020
Product: Old German Clay Flowing Fountain (Black)
This has become my new favorite pipe. I love its modest ornamentation - classy without being gaudy or ostentatious. I love its bowl - sufficient without being a weighty commitment. Its length is comfortable and I've found myself holding it as I would... Read More
Great Pipe
May 08, 2020
Product: Old German Clay Flowing Fountain (Black)
With a fair amount of ornamentation this is a very balanced clay pipe. A medium sized bowl, just great for a 30 minute smoke.
Pipes Sherlock would smoke
March 03, 2022
Product: Old German Clay Flowing Fountain (Black)
When I received this pipe, I was disappointed. Surface cracked in the black finish, curved stem, not impressive to look at. I filled it with my favorite tobacco and wow, it smoked better than my brair pipes. I then bought more and the enjoyment is b... Read More
Re-Review
August 15, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Flowing Fountain (Black)
I had to give this pipe another shot. I do still think it’s cheap and low quality, but there are a few pros to offset the many, many cons. The first thing to take note of is that it does give a very dry smoke. This may be due to the small size of the... Read More
Get What You Pay For
January 28, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Flowing Fountain (Black)
Yes, this pipe is very inexpensive and we should expect to get what we pay for, but I guess I expected more. The bowl is not round and it is of an inconsistent thickness; the stem is not straight but bent, and almost kinked in several places; it is n... Read More
Not too shabby!
July 02, 2020
Product: Old German Clay Flowing Fountain (Black)
Enjoyed the pipe, clean cool smoke, but like all clay pipes, very delicate, and the bowl gets hot, so there’s no comfortable place to hold it.
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