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Smoking a Pipe Right Now
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Nov 16, 2008
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Let's talk about pipe tools. How many do you have? How many have you lost?
I actually have way more than I use on a regular basis. I am also happy to say that I rarely lose them.
Russ, on the other hand, loses them more than socks.
Read about it in his latest article -

Being a Tool

 

cmdrmcbragg

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I still have the same two pipe tools I started with. One for home and one for on the go. Basic czech tools that work just fine. I can't bring myself to shell out money for some of these cool and nice tools/tampers. Though I have been on the lookout for a wooden or bone fid to use as a tamper.
And yes, @Kevin, I did post a comment on the article itself.

 

grouchydog

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Oct 16, 2013
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Being both over-pragmatic and a cheapskate, I have a Czech tool and a bag of 3 1/2 inch golf tees...

 

blueeyedogre

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Oct 17, 2013
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I have several czech tools that I never use and a ton of pipes nails I tend to find everywhere. lol

 

barleynbaccy

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May 31, 2013
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I bought a 10 pack of pipe nails to lose, and have the tools and knives in all my cases. Funny thing is, like cheap sunglasses I have all my nails and lost all my tools. Figures, great article.

 

jfox520

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My theory is that like matter, tampers can not be destroyed only transformed. So I believe that the missing tampers are used to create the keys that show up on key chains that no one knows what they unlock.

 

cmdrmcbragg

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@jfox, interesting theory. So there is no loss of matter when a pipe tamper disappears?

 

jfox520

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@cmdrmcbragg I have applied for a Government grant to prove my theory. I have not had any response as of yet.

 

gmwolford

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I really enjoyed that piece. As I said in the comments, I have several handmade gifts that I never take out of the house; they have meaning to me and I won't risk them being lost.

 

necron99

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I like czech tools. I either use a czech tool or my pocket knife.
I live by a simple code. "keep it simple, stupid." that's it.

 

claypipesarchaeologist

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Mar 31, 2014
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I have one Czech tool which I used to replace a lost pipe nail. I've only been smoking for a handful of months, but I think that's till good.
Great article! Who knew Russ was a great writer, too?!

 

derfatdutchman

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Jun 4, 2014
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I must have a half dozen Czech tools. At any given time I will be in possession of most of them, or none of them. I swear they are made from metal from the Roswell crash. They seem to disappear from plain sight, only to be found later in some out of the way spot.

 

thesmokindragon

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I'm like Russ, lose them all the time so I don't go high end knowing that it will be gone soon :crying:
One evening I was sitting by the work bench having a good ol smoke ~ went to reach for a tamper...none around

so I reached for whatever I had sitting in front of me at the time on the bench and this how Nuts-N-Bolts

Tampers where born :rofl:
Simple nuts and bolts with use of electrical tape styles & colors to make the handles...doesn't have to be fancy,

just functional.




Now I would not mind taking one of these bad boys to some of my favorite smoking lounges 8)
-- Ming-Kahuna Designs --




 

petes03

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Jun 23, 2013
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I have about half a dozen (mostly Czech tools) at the moment, and I'd say I've lost at least that many over the years as well.

 

roryrumfelt

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Jul 21, 2014
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Id like a Czech tools, because it just seems like you need at least one in your smoking carer but A knife and a carved tamper serve my tamping, scooping, scraping and cutting needs!



Ps those nuts and bolts tampers look awsome!

 

gtclark

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Oct 3, 2013
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@ Rsuninv: I really like that pipe tool sleeve over your Bic lighter. Where did you find it?

 

winton

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I have lots of tampers that I have made. I often use the ones that others have gifted me. At the pipe show, I bring a nice one and a check tamper.
What do I usually use in my garage? An oak one that I cut off the lathe before I remembered to put finish on it.

 

bwithers55

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1. The tool I find most useful is my reamer with the hand bit. The hand bit has a small hole in the tip through which a pipe cleaner can be threaded.
2. Another essential tool is a pocket knife with an extra narrow "blade" for scraping out the gunk from the shank of estates I'm cleaning up. The floor of the mortise can get very full and this little blade does the trick/
3. And then I use a pair of pliers and the flame of the gas stove for removing obstinate stingers.