Bent Or Straight? Your Opinions

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New member
May 11, 2013
What do you prefer a bent pipe or straight? Witch do you think smokes better, and why. I'm new to all this and just curious of the opinion of others.



Preferred Member
Mar 5, 2013
St. Louis, MO
I prefer straight; they just seem easier to clean when it comes to running pipe cleaners through them. I enjoy smoking both though but the majority of the pipes I own are straights.



Preferred Member
Dec 30, 2012
Straights for me as well, I like to be able to get a pipe cleaner in them if necessary during the smoke and a straight is just easier to do that. I have bought a few 1/4 bent in the last month or so, but I think the straights are where it's at for me.



Preferred Member
Dec 11, 2012
Personally, I'm fond of the look of bents. But I'm thinking my next briar may well be a straight, just to mix it up a little. Most of my cobs turned out to be straights, so I've kind of gotten used to them. :puffpipe:



New member
Jan 22, 2013
Both bent and straight pipes have their merits.
I personally tend to like the look of straight pipes and quarter-bents the best (i.e. Dublins and Rhodesians).

Straight pipes tend to smoke a little cooler and drier, if only because you're forced to keep it in your palm most of the time, and they're easier to clean. Bent pipes are better for smoking while your hands are busy, since the leverage works more in your favor while it's hanging in your mouth.
I have straights. I have bents. It really has more to do with the overall style of the pipe and the occassion.



Senior Member
Jan 27, 2011
Actually, I in the middle. Most of my 35 pipes are half bents. I find this configuration to be the most comfortable shape since I have to smoke on the patio and I read 98% of the time. Half bents have all the benefits of full bent pipes and are easier to clean.



Preferred Member
Jul 27, 2012
Count me a straight smoker. I haven't heard of any compelling evidence to suggest that one shape offers a better smoke than the other, but you never know.
I just like the look of a classic billiard.



Preferred Member
Jul 2, 2010
When I first began smoking pipes in college, I could only afford "basket" pipes, which were mostly billiards. As my income and small collection began to grow, I added pots, Dublins, Canadians, Rhodesians. I later added some Pete bent billiards.
I find that now that I am a geezer pipe smoker, I do like the bents, full and quarter, since they hang easily from the jaw, no pressure on aging teeth. But, I would not trade some of my old billiards and other straights for anything. They are old friends.
As others have said, though, straights are much easier to run a pipecleaner through.



Preferred Member
Mar 19, 2013
Love my bents! That said, with a lot of good advice from my friends, I'm going to be purchasing a Kirsten straight next time around.



Mar 3, 2013
I like neither straight or full bent but will accept everything else ;) full bent always seemed to gurgle for me and straight hurt my teeth, all this probably had more to do with pipe quality or just psychological. I don't care I stick with 1/8 and 1/4 bend and I'm happy.



Preferred Member
Feb 21, 2013
I enjoy the variety, so I have most permutations. Straight pipes give a nice alert look and put me in

a peppy frame of mind, whereas bent pipes suggest a more closed, private mood, allowing me to

wrap around the smoking and my thoughts. Pipe cleaners run through straight pipes and less bent

ones, but that doesn't seem to impede cleaning bent pipes. My oldest pipe is a bent sitter pot, and

it cleans up just fine and is one of the smoothest drawing pipes I have. I'd miss the variety.



Apr 30, 2013
Portland, OR
I think it is much a personal preference. I like the bent look of pipes, thus I own more of them. Although I do concur that running a pipe cleaner through a bent is more challenging at times.



Senior Member
Dec 31, 2012
I like and use both, but my preference is bent. I find them more comfortable to have in my mouth and I like to leave the pipe in my mouth for a while and its a lot easier on the teeth. I like the 'looks' of most straights more, and I use them anyway, but if I had to classify myself, I'd say I'm a bent pipe user primarily at this point.



Preferred Member
Dec 4, 2012
I have plenty of both (I think 6 straight and 8 bent), and my "top five" are a combination as well. I like my straight billiards for carrying and walking around. I actually prefer the way a good billiard clenches. Used to lean towards bent for a cooler smoke, but I've found that has more to do with proper drying and packing of tobacco and an easy smoking pace than anything else. The most recent additions are all straights, billiards only.



Preferred Member
May 17, 2011
Northern New Jersey
Of my 65 pipes, I only own three full bents. An Ashton, a Comoy Blue Riband and an old Shoenfeild. I much prefer straights. Just easier to smoke and easier to clean. Also, with my full bents, I get smoke in my eyes indoors, so I use them outdoors mostly.



Preferred Member
Jun 2, 2010
I have been partial to straight pipes since I started smoking. I don't know that one smokes better than the other, but I can only assume that good engineering is easier to accomplish with a straight pipe. I also just never liked the aesthetic of the full bent pipe. I like 1/4 or 1/2 bent pipes, but full bents just don't appeal to me.



New member
Jan 25, 2010
I prefer the look and feel of bents. I have about 5 straights and over 100 bents. I've always liked the look of a bent pipe.



Preferred Member
Jan 25, 2012
As my name suggests I am a fan of bent pipes. The Peterson System is my favorite bent. Passing a cleaner is never a problem with a system as the stem can be removed at any point and the shank and stem swabbed clean. Not to mention the dry smoke that the system gives.
But no one style is no better than the other. I love my lovats and Canadians just as well. A straight stem pipe smoked slow and steady will yield just as good and dry a smoke as my best System. I love them all and grab a style based on the mood i'm in at the time.