"IMP" is a registered Trade Mark of MeerschaumMarket under inernational class 034.
IMP meerschaum pipes are hand made by skilled craftsmen in stages. Someone often roughs out the shape, and a master comes in later to do the detailing (such as the figural pipes). Avoiding the wearing out problems of years earlier, each IMP is sleeved in the shank to receive the smooth nylon tenon which will have the same feel as removing the stem from most briar pipes. Each piece is fit with an acrylic bit and a very laborious process is next. They actually hand carve pieces of wood that are later lined and covered to become a unique case. The material of a meerschaum pipe won't burn, so there is no burnout, and the porosity allows for very beautiful coloring over the years.