Well, I'm that much closer to my new hobby.
These belonged to my grandpa and great-grandpa. They are a bit dusty and are caked with, er, cake (carbon build-up). But once I get them cleaned up, I promise to have a post titled "THESE PIPES ARE CLEAN." Until then, I'll probably buy a cheapy pipe and some cheapy tobaccy to see if I want to pursue this endeavor further.
Anyone want to buy this pipe for me? It's banded with ivory from the tusk of a 61,000 year old mammoth. And it's a steal at only $1,650!