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fnord

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Dec 28, 2011
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Topeka, KS
I picked up a Comoy Blue Riband off the Bay some time back that was beaten up to hell and gone. I'd always wanted a BR and knew that I'd never be able to afford one that was mint, NOS or being brokered by one of the more reputable estate resellers. I had to find one that was a dead man walking and then bring it back to life.
This is what an 85 buck bid can get you.


Like I said, this burner was rough and had seen many better days. But, I still saw something in it that made me reach for my wallet.
Obviously, I smoke estates. I smoke pipes that were previously enjoyed by the dearly departed and that has given me some beautiful hunks of briar that I would never, ever think twice about buying new but were purchased for pennies on the dollar. Most I'll scrub and wale away on myself, but I realized early on that this reclamation was beyond me.
That decision brought me to our inhouse Dr. Grabow expert and talented bench man, ejames. Ed had already repaired one of my favorite DGs and I've admired his woodworking skills for quite some time. He looked over the pix I sent him, recommended a scope of work and I let him know that I couldn't wait for him to start.
Here's what I received in the mail today.



Folks, I couldn't be happier.
This Comoy Blue Riband has issues. There are dents & dings, a new bit and Ed topped the rim uncovering a small crack in the bowl rim. It might last a week or it might last a hundred years. I'll take it one day at a time and enjoy each and every bowl I'm gifted.
Thank you, Ed.
Fnord

 

cortezattic

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Nov 19, 2009
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Chicago, IL
From what I can tell, the wood looks good. IMO, for $85 and the cost of a professional restoration, you can have a pretty swanky pipe!

What are your plans?

 

captainsousie

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Aug 1, 2012
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Wow, I see the beauty in that pipe. I think that'll clean up nicely. Do you plan to have a resto that brings the bowl back to level or are you going for a resto that leaves as much of the original pipe intact as possible?

 

fnord

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Dec 28, 2011
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Topeka, KS
Damn it.
I was trying to use the Home Album for the pictures and couldn't get them to take. So, I went to Photobucket and did it the old fashioned way.
I just pushed a bowl of DH Nightcap though this burner and it was swell.
Fnord

 

ssjones

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May 11, 2011
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Maryland
I saw that one as well, nicely done! That band/repair looked well done, so I bet she lasts another lifetime. A very nice way to get into a Blue Riband pipe.

 

tennsmoker

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Jul 2, 2010
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Fnord: That is a beautiful restoration! It's like Ed brought back its history and beauty. I know you will enjoy that BR.
Thanks for sharing.

 

ejames

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Oct 6, 2009
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Jim,you are quite welcome! I hope you get many good smokes from that old Comoy!

 

docwatson

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Jul 2, 2009
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New England
Congrats to you for saving a classic from the trash heap. I'm sure you will treat that Blue Riband with more care than the last owner.

 

lostandfound

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Sep 30, 2011
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That pipe looks like it died and went to Heaven. Then came back to Earth as an angel. (It has a halo in pic 2 and 3) :lol:

 

cigrmaster

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May 26, 2012
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United States
Incredible job restoring that pipe. It looks like a top of the line BR now, worth a bunch of money. I hope it smokes great for you for years to come. Congrats.

 

peckinpahhombre

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Dec 24, 2012
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I am always awestruck when I see a Blue Riband. They are really gorgeous pipes. And since yours has a new bit, oxidation should be less of an issue for you then for others who have BR pipes.