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I'm sure it's somewhere in the FAQ's...but I'm feeling very lazy and stressed out today, so I won't look...but I read the other day you should wear a glove while you smoke your meer? What's that about? I was thinking of picking one up but not if I have to wear a glove or some damn thing.

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I have read in many resources that you should not touch the meer because of the oils in the skin can discolor the meer different than the color you get after smoking a while with it.

:D I really have no idea, but I think one place I read it in was Hacker's Complete Pipe Book.
 

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i've read on a few meer sites that encourage you to touch the pipe with your hands.
i had a really nicely colored SMS meer that i handled more than i touched myself. :pu
it didn't seem to bother the pipe in any way.
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seriously.
The final process in crafting a Meerschaum pipe is drying out excess moisture, fitting it with a custom stem, dipping it in a coating of special protective wax, and then polishing. As long as your hands are not excessively greasy or dirty, TOUCH YOUR PIPE, hold it proudly, it has been carved for you to enjoy its coolness of smoke and pride of ownership.
from http://www.meerschaumpipes.com/
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more from a different site, obviously where the above paragraph was copied from for their site.
http://search.antiqnet.com/antiqueshoppe/archives/mtimm/meerschaum.htm
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bottom paragraph on here.
http://www.danishpipemakers.com/makers/urup/abouturup.html
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this from alt.smokers.pipes FAQ:
3.6 HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY MEERSCHAUM?

First, and most importantly, don't drop it. Meerschaum is
fragile, and it is very unlikely that your pipe will survive a dive
to the kitchen floor. Second, do not allow a cake to build in the
bowl (firmly swabbing out all the ash residue with a bent pipe
cleaner after each smoke should do the trick). If your pipe does
start to build a cake, then ream it out very carefully. Third, if
your pipe has a screw-in shank fitting (as most meerschaums do),
twist the stem clockwise while removing it; twisting
counter-clockwise could unscrew the fitting, and doing so repeatedly
can strip the shank threads. Finally, meerschaum is a very
absorbent, inorganic material, and does not require the same "rest
period" that briars do. Still, I would at least allow the pipe to
cool and dry completely before loading up and smoking it again.

Many meerschaum aficionados claim that to insure proper
"coloring" of the bowl you should never hold the bowl with your bare
hands while smoking. This may be true, but I would much rather have a
meerschaum with an unevenly colored bowl than to have to go through
the hassle of holding my pipe by the stem or (horrors!) wearing kid
gloves to smoke.
 

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I've read that touching the Meer can remove the protective wax on the pipe. Its not Carnuba so I melts at a lower temp. I handle mine without worry but I do make sure I have clean hands.
 

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As long as your hands are clean, don't worry about it. :pp
 
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