The list os tobaccos I smoke the most often. I love full- and medium-bodied virginias.
Bondarev Pipes / Prices
Smoking pipe price
The price of my pipe depends only on aesthetic qualities and size. The most affordable of my pipes will be smoked the same as the most expensive in case of equal parameters. The engineering of my pipes is always impeccable.
Like most pipe masters, I use the grading system for pricing. I use latin letters a, b and c for that. The most expencive pipes gets a-grade. You can see grades on pipes pages.
Sometimes I stamp the grade letter twice or thrice. For example, "bbb" is the best pipe from a b-grade, almost a-grade. For smooth pipe it means that grains are very good, but there are a couple of sandpits, for example. Or, on the contrary, the surface is perfectly clean, but grains are not perfect on one side of the bowl.
A-grade pipes are extremely rare. And double-triple "a" essentially left in reserve.
You can see cyrillic letters A-Б-В on my old pipes. I used them in past. But then I got more and more abroad buyers, and decided to use latin letters, because letter B is the third in Russian alphabet and the second in English.
My prices depend on the pipe size too. I use my 5-point classification, but this number is not displayed on the website. First size pipes are very small, almost nosewarmers. The second size is medium. The third, forth and fifths sizes are large. There is a trend now on pipes market to reduce sizes, but I don't like this trend and don't participate in it.
The dependence of pipe price on size is quite objective. Large pipe requires more material, more work on shaping and sanding.
Grades "a" and "b" are for straightgrain pipes. Grade "c" - for others.
|c - ccc||b - bbb||a - aaa|
|348 - $482 USD||427 - $573 USD||506 - $677 USD|
On sandblasted pipes briar texture is just as important. But there are grooves instead of grains. Grooves are annual rings of briar perpendicular to grains. The most expensive pipes have circle grooves around the bowl. Also, the grade and price of a pipe can reduce because of some holes on the surface.
Grades "a" and "b" are for straightgrain pipes (circle grooves). Grade "C" - for others. In fact, I don't use a-grade for sandblasted pipes - I leave it in reserve for when I improve my sandblasting skills. Now the most expensive sandblasted pipes I make are bbb-grade.
|c - ccc||b - bbb||a - aaa|
|293 - $415 USD||372 - $506 USD||451 - $616 USD|
I make rusticated pipes not very often now. They also have a grading system, but grades are not published on the website. I use to make just one type of rustication - the bark finish. It looks very nice on pokers.
Rusticated pipe price: 360 - $433 USD.
I offer a discount for regular buyers (and the most of my buyers are regular) - 10-20% depending on how many of my pipes you have.
Also, sometimes I list my pipes on low-start auctions on Ebay. Start bid is just $0.99. Bids on my auctions reach the normal price rarely - pipes use to sell cheaper while I have not high seller rating on Ebay. Follow my page on Ebay to take a part in my next auction.
Sometimes, about once a year, I start a charity auction on my Facebook page. Like my page and comment few posts to get news in your feed. The winner of the auction will pay not to me, but to charity fund. And I will send the pipe for free, and also I will pay for shipping. Not the fact that the pipe will sell cheaper than the regular price, but in any case, you will take part in a good cause.
In this article I will tell you about main pipe shapes. About straight and bent pipes, classical pipes and freehands, about advantages, disadvantages and features of different shapes.