Caring for a Briar Stem?!

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7charb

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Sep 13, 2019
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Gents,

How would recommend general maintenance/care for a briar stem? Just restored this Wally Frank and to my surprise, under all the stem "oxidation" was NOT oxidation, but a briar stem.

Thanks,
Steve

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cosmicfolklore

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Aug 9, 2013
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That's a beaut!! I wonder what you were cleaning off? Was it stained black or something? It doesn't seem to match the rest of the pipe now... but still a beauty.
 

7charb

Senior Member
Sep 13, 2019
322
300
Guerneville, CA
That's a beaut!! I wonder what you were cleaning off? Was it stained black or something? It doesn't seem to match the rest of the pipe now... but still a beauty.
It just looked old and dingy... thought for sure it was a cheap stem that had overly oxidized. I may re-stain it now that I know it's briar, but would opt for a two-tone look just the same (slightly darker). I like the contrast.


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sandollars

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Jul 28, 2019
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I like the contrast too. Beauty! Maybe stain the bowl ring and stem the same contrasting color? That would look crazy sweet!
 
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brooklynpiper

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May 8, 2018
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It looks great! Don't change a thing. That would be demented. Why take character away?

I would be careful about spirits while smoking, just in case there is some stain on the stem. Just a precaution.
 
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logs

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Apr 28, 2019
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Wow! Never seen a briar stem before. What's it feel like in your mouth?
 

7charb

Senior Member
Sep 13, 2019
322
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Guerneville, CA
Wow! Never seen a briar stem before. What's it feel like in your mouth?
Before I knew it was briar (last night), tried it and was very impressed. Great pull, great experience, but has a stinger too (see below). Was it the stinger? The briar stem? I am too new at this to tell. I just know it is now one of my favs. I do have a few decent pipes (in the vein of Comoy, Stanwell, Peterson, Savinelli, etc.). On another thread, one of the members said it was likely a 1960s pipe. Yet, the stinger looks a lot like my 1930s Kaywoodie. This one smokes sooooo much better than that one though.

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