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mawnansmiff

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Last week I took a trip out to 'Johnnie's Of Newquay', the only B&M in Cornwall with a decent display of pipes for sale in the hope of picking up a new bent bulldog as a treat to myself.
Alas, not a bulldog was to be seen, bent or otherwise amongst his pretty decent selection but having driven all that way was determined to come away with something. After much poking about in his cabinet I had narrowed it down to a Lorenzo 'Spitfire' slightly bent Dublin or a Parker slightly bent Zulu. Both were nice pipes but what swung it was the fact that the Lorenzo was a filter pipe and the Parker was not...so the Parker won.
It's a cracking pipe with bird's eye grain of the sort I have never seen afore. I am more used to tightly compact bird's eye, this is more like leopard spots. Oval shanked with a well fitting Vulcanite stem, an absolute bargain at £35 ($43.49) and it smokes beautifully...here it is loaded up with Solani Silver Flake...




...it just goes to show one doesn't have to lash out huge amounts of cash for a pretty decent pipe :puffy:
Regards,
Jay.

 

fitzy

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Really nice pipe. Let us know how she smokes. I've never owned a Parker.

 

mawnansmiff

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Thanks chaps. I intend to get my heat gun out and give the stem an ever so slight increase to the bend at the bit end.
I do actually have another of these that is simply stamped 'West Cornwall Cigar Co, Penzance' with no indication as to who had made it for the shop (now sadly closed) and it was a member of this forum who suggested it was a Parker made pipe when I made enquiries on here last year. Now I have this new one to compare it to I can say they are identical.
Regards,
Jay.

 

mso489

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Impressive grain indeed, and at that price remarkable. I have a Parker bent cherrywood shape poker. It's a good smoker. I really like zulu, and have a few, but nothing with that kind of grain.

 

simong

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Lovely looking Parker, is that a Zulu or a horn? I only ask cause I got a Parker jockey club 'zulu' that seems a bit different shape wise. Quite fortunate for us here in England that Parker pipes are so modestly priced compared to other brands. I've got several or more, great smokers all of them. BTW, is johnnys the only decent baccy shop left in Cornwall now? I'd of thought Truro would have one or two left, at least.

 

mawnansmiff

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Simon, I did ponder myself over whether it was a Zulu or not but by using various shape charts that pretty much convinced me it was indeed closer to a Zulu than a Horn.
Truro apparently used to have a couple of 'proper' tobacconists, I recall one of them close by the cathedral, alas now both gone.
The nearest thing I have to a local B&M is Harvey's of Redruth, about 12 miles away but holding a tiny inventory of pipes and tobacco sadly.
Anyway, I'm pleased as punch with my new Parker :puffy:
Regards,
Jay.

 

simong

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Happy for you that it smokes well, very comfy feel to a Zulu I've always found.

 

aldecaker

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I think it's very firmly in the Zulu camp, myself. Although with the bowl being so upright, its daddy may have been a Dublin. And I'm with Simon- Zulus seem to have excellent balance.

 

aldecaker

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If it weren't for the oval shank and the way the shank flares toward the bowl, I would completely agree, Tom.

 

andrew

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Beautiful pipe, even more beautiful price. Just reinforces my belief you don't need to shell out a ton of cash for something to smoke tobacco with.