How to Use the Pipe Locator

Pipe Locator at

If you have spent much time browsing our website you may have noticed that we have some pipes. A lot of pipes. So many pipes that when you are looking for that one pipe, the one that fulfills all of your needs, the one that is just what your rotation is missing, it can be an arduous task, requiring several cups of coffee, a handful of hours and the singular, obsessive resolve of Captain Ahab himself.

If only Old Thunder had had a tool at his disposal, other than his rage and his iron, to point him in just the right direction, nay, to point him to just the area, nay to just the exact location of his wicked white whale, the very object of his desire. A tool that would systematically weed out the red herrings and pretenders, myths and legends to reveal the one true Moby Dick!!

The Pipe Locator

Here at Smokingpipes, we realized some time ago that while a tool like this would have ruined the intrigue and drama, not to mention the massiveness of Melville's Moby Dick, such a tool would greatly improve our customer's experience of searching for their pipe of choice. So how does this tool work?

How Does it Work?

Much like the new Tobacco Locator, the Pipe Locator takes into account 11 different sets of criteria simultaneously when conducting a search. These are Fresh / Sale (Fresh refers to pipes that have been on the site less than 7 days, Sale refers to any pipe that has a marked down, sale price), Country (Country of origin), Finish (Smooth, Sandblast, Rusticated, etc...), Brand / Estate Country, Material (Briar, Meerschaum, Olivewood, Morta, etc...), Shape (Billiard, Apple, Bent Egg, etc...), Stem Material (Vulcanite, Acrylic, Other), Filter (6mm, 9mm, Other, None), Price, Weight and Length.

An Example Search:

Let's give it a try. I like classic shapes, so I want to know how many Billiard shape pipes there are on the site. So I select Billiard as the shape and hit the "Find It!" button located at the bottom of the search list. That yields 616 results. That's easier to look through than 5,000 pipes, but it is still a pretty big selection to peruse, so I think I want to narrow it down more. I prefer pipes that are lightweight, so I will set the weight to Less than 1 oz., and I prefer vulcanite stems, so I select Vulcanite for the Stem Material. And with a click of the "Find It!" button, I am able to see that there are 8 pipes that fit these exact parameters, including just a darling Dunhill Group 1 Dress pipe and its counterpart in the lovely Bruyere finish. As small as they are, for me, this would make a whale of a set!

It's as easy as that! Just put in your search parameters and find your pipe. If you'd like more information on the Tobacco Locator, check out our recent post for a quick explanation.

Happy Hunting!

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    • Beany Boy on December 30, 2015
    • I never bothered with the Pipe Locator, but upon your suggestion, I tried it. Now I'm wondering where it's been all my life!

      The only thing is you have to know generally what you want and the names. If you do Pipe Locator can save you a lot of time and trouble.

    • Thomas M. Kane on September 1, 2016
    • Economical, blue, rusticated or semi-rusticated

    • Lee Pattison on March 30, 2017
    • Looking for Calich, Canadian maker pipes.

    • Adam O'Neill on March 30, 2017
    • @Lee Pattison Hey Lee, so in that case you'd choose "misc estates" and choose "Canada" as the country.

    • Gregory Stockstill on April 23, 2017
    • I am looking for a really full bent, 7/8, pipe with a ball shaped bowl. Tim West, Parker and Radice used to make this shape. Can you help me find one?

    • Patrick DeHeer on April 25, 2017
    • Looking forward to it.

    • tom georgeff on May 12, 2017

    • Allen W Thornton on August 6, 2017
    • I love smoking full bent pipes.

    • Adam O'Neill on September 20, 2017
    • @Darren Crawford Hi Darren. We don't encourage anyone to give their details in a public forum such as this, so we thought it would be better to remove your comment. As for samples, our hands are currently tied by FDA regulations, which prohibit the distribution of free samples. Thanks for your understanding.


    • SmokingHawk on February 22, 2018
    • Pipe locator is a good tool ... but it lacks one Search and that is I was trying locate all pipes which are accompanied with their matching tamper and there is no option to find in Pipe locator or maybe I'm missing something.

    • Adam O'Neill on February 22, 2018
    • @SmokingHawk Yeah, it won't. We'd need a separate drop down or option for "includes tamper" when we entered the pipe, which isn't a field we have. That being said, if you just type "with tamper" into the search field in our top navigation bar and then refine the results by "new pipes" it'll have a complete listing.

      Hope that helps.

    • Angel M Morales Jr. on March 14, 2018
    • Looking to purchase Don Carlos Melos smooth finsh.

    • Adam O'Neill on March 14, 2018
    • @Angel M Morales Jr. You can find any Don Carlos we have in our Italian estates section.

    • Dere k W Jones is on June 10, 2018
    • I like vintage pipes and tonbacco

    • Dave Sommer on August 15, 2018
    • Hi
      I just want to let you "guys" know that EVERYTHING I have ordered from
      you has been always been top notch. I have been smoking a pipe since '74, and I have found it to be the most relaxing part of my day. So thank you for being here for us. And Rachel I am including you in with the "guys". THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Racin

    • Dennis Katz on August 21, 2018
    • Interested in expanding my knowledge of pipes and tobaccos.

    • michael stoll on March 11, 2019
    • looking for a featherweight pipe such as the E.A. Carey featherweight deluxe with filter. do you know of any other maker since E.A. Carey has discontinued.

    • Sykes Wilford on March 11, 2019
    • @Michael: Try using the weight restriction in the pipe locator, along with a couple of other filters. Based on what you're looking for, here's pipe locator results for pipes less than 1oz, less than $75 that are briar:

    • daniel paradis on April 15, 2019
    • i am looking for a savinelli santa maria. the set of three pipes are the nina, pinta &santa maria. i have the nina & pinta. could you turn me onto someone who would part with at least a slighty used one? thanks.

    • Cassie D on April 15, 2019
    • Daniel Paradis: Good news, I've located a Santa Maria pipe and I'll be reaching out to you via email to sort out the details. I look forward to helping complete your collection!

    • Rod Payne on September 21, 2019
    • I'm looking for a good used pipe.

    • Rod Payne on September 21, 2019
    • I'm looking for a good used pipe. Full bent and large bowl. $100.00 range.

    • Cassie D on September 23, 2019
    • @Rod Payne We can definitely find you something that fits that criteria! We are going to reach out to you via email to help narrow down further.

    • Linda A Sanborn on December 31, 2019
    • I have a Namiki- style pipe (and know NOTHING about pipes so please forgive my ignorance!) Gold powder lacquered all around the bowl. I'm selling it. Contact me if interested. Thank you. :)

    • Jim Hart on October 9, 2020
    • Looking for a Irish second Churchwarden.

    • Jay on October 30, 2020
    • Looking for someone who repairs pipe stems

    • Cassie D on October 30, 2020
    • @Jay We recommend Silas Walls of Walls Pipe Repair. You can reach him by email at [email protected], he does great work and has very fair pricing!

    • Gary Thomas on January 19, 2021
    • Looking for E.J. Carey full bent magic inch pipe. Meerschaum lined.

    • Felicia Fontaine on February 7, 2021
    • I’m looking for a Peterson meerschaum Prince shape.

    • Felicia Fontaine on February 7, 2021
    • I’m looking for a Peterson Meerschaum in a Prince shape, preferably with a p-lip.

    • Michael Miller on February 11, 2021
    • Looking for the “Capt. Pete. It may be discontinued but if you could locate one I would greatly appreciate it!

    • Michael Miller on February 11, 2021
    • I am looking for a Capt. Pete. It may have been discontinued. If you can find one I will be greatly appreciated!

    • Michael Miller on February 11, 2021
    • Capt. Pete is made by Peterson.

    • Les Nagel on February 22, 2021
    • I’m looking for a Peterson Great Explorers pipe. Doesn’t matter which, but I would prefer Shackelton.

    • Cassie D on February 23, 2021
    • @Felicia Fontaine Unfortunately, we don't have any of those in our inventory now. However, I'd be happy to keep an eye out for one and reach out if I see one!

    • Cassie D on February 23, 2021
    • @Michael Miller I'd be happy to keep an eye out for one of those as well, we don't currently have any available but they do come in from time to time in our estates section.

    • Cassie D on February 23, 2021
    • @Les Nagel I will keep an eye out for any of the Great Explorers pipes, but especially the Shackleton. I'll be in touch as soon as I see something come in!

    • James on August 29, 2021
    • Looking for Peterson pipe. Gregson Regular finish. To finish my Sherlock collection. Thanks, James

    • Michael Freeman on September 10, 2021
    • This is all new to if you could just send me all the best samples for newbies.

    • Michael Freeman on September 10, 2021
    • I'm a newbie at this pipe smoking.I turn 55 years old in November. I Figure nows as good a time as any to start at my send me all the free samples pipe tobacco different flavors I don't know what to start with and I definitely don't know what type of pipe to use.

    • Michael Freeman Sr on September 10, 2021
    • I am a newbie at this pipe smoking I turn 55 years old in November. So I figure now's as good as time as any to start smoking a pipe still don't know what type of a backhoe use or what type of pipe so I could use all the best advice there is.

    • Samuel B on September 13, 2021
    • @Michael Freeman: While we sadly do not have samples, we do offer tobacco for sale for as little as an ounce at a time. Feel free to email us at [email protected] and we can pass along some recommendations to get you started.

    • Gary Thomas on July 13, 2022
    • Looking for Vauen 6 pipe(s) and filters for same. Vauen site is informational only, not for sales. Thank you for your assistance.

    • Gary Thomas on July 13, 2022
    • Looking for Vauen 6 pipes. Vauen site is informational only.

    • Gary Thomas on July 13, 2022
    • Also looking where to buy Vauen filters.

    • Bill Charles on August 1, 2022
    • I'm looking for a Robert e. Lee meercheum.

    • David on August 16, 2022
    • I have a gently used Michal Novak, (freehand). For sale. Also an Askwith,(billiard) for sale

    • Richard Donaldson on November 9, 2022
    • I have a Ivory Pipe made I Japan (date unknown)byTsuge.Co.boul is hand carved Mount Fugi.Collecter item,never used ,with Alligator skin covered box.88 yr old MARINE Vet.cant remember when purchased. Any information, pluse value would be appreciated. Thank you.Semper FIDELIS, MARINE RICK DONALDSON.

    • Stanley Murphy on October 21, 2023
    • I will try to find a gift

    • Stanley Murphy on October 21, 2023
    • Hope I find a gift

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