Boswell or Tinsky??

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jason64

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Dec 12, 2012
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Hi all,
I know its a very difficult (and maybe unreasonable) question, but if you want to spend $200 on a pipe, would you go with a Boswell or Tinsky? and why?
Thanks a lot

 

jpberg

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Aug 30, 2011
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Jesus that’s easy. Tinsky. He’s just a much more skilled pipemaker. I know lots of people love Boswells, it’s a great shop, and they’re great people, but put twenty of theirs and twenty of Marks side by side........

 

hawky454

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Feb 11, 2016
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I don’t own either but to me the choice would be very simple if I were to choose between the two... Tinsky.

 

stevecourtright

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Oct 4, 2018
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Evanston, IL
While I don't have a Boswell, I enjoy my Tinsky a lot. If it matters, Tinsky is doing some very innovative designs. BTW, my avatar is the Tinsky Caldron I own.

 

cerfer

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May 8, 2017
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I assumed a Tinsky would be out of my price range. That's pretty reasonable for such a nice looking pipe.

 

loneredtree

Preferred Member
May 27, 2011
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I have 2 Tinsky. I bought a Boswell and immediately sold it as I did not like the workmanship/design. I am sure that they are good pipes just not my style. The Tinsky pipes are my favorite.

 

civilwar

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Mar 6, 2018
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It depends....I own several of both. Boswell makes some shapes/sizes (e.g., Wizard shape, some Jumbo sizes, etc.) Tinsky doesn't. If you like one of those shapes/sizes then Boswell. The construction and smoking characteristics of both are excellent. Tinsky pipes tend to have better grain appearance and are more polished (i.e. less rustic). So it all depends on what pipe is speaking to you.

 

mityahicks

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Nov 18, 2018
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I really love my Boswell, but will also get a Tinsky eventually. Buy the pipe you like the most, they will both be good smokers.

 

pipestud

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Dec 6, 2012
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Robinson, TX.
Two entirely different styles, that's for sure. Both men have large followings and I guess it just depends on what style of pipe you are looking for. I've smoked both brands and think they are very nice pipes... just vastly different.

 

lifesizehobbit

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Oct 23, 2015
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I have 3 Boswell pipes, and love them. However in the last 2 years or so, their designs to me have become more chunky and less refined. I used to visit their page weekly in anticipation of seeing the latest releases. Now when I look at their pipes, nothing seems intriguing or interesting enough that I would obsess, or want to buy that shape. It's almost as if they've stopped seeing the art in the briar.
Of course our tastes all differ; it's why there's chocolate and vanilla ice cream. :)

 

cosmicfolklore

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Aug 9, 2013
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Are we voting? It's very nice of you to give us such control over your purchasing power. I have Tinskys, love them. I don't have any Boswells, and I think I have seen only one in person. My vote is on Tinsky. :puffy: Enjoy!!