A nice Bulldog (straight) is on my hotlist - I have been wanting one for a while now. Under $150 would be nice... anyone have a favorite they'd brag about? Is there anything I should know about buying a bulldog?
The English varieties are frequently flatulent.
Seriously, though, check for wall thickness toward the heel of the bowl. This shape is particularly prone to heat damage and burnout in the lower half of the bowl.
I'd start with a bulldog with bead lines, the little grooves around the bowl. There are some beautiful dogs without bead lines, but it takes more artistry to give them a real 'dog presence. Savenelli, Johs, Stanwell, and Big Ben do some good versions, but I'd shop widely until you find one that's exactly to your taste. Stick with well-known reputable brands. Consider estate pipes, though for $100 to $150, I believe you could get a fine new pipe if you shop widely and selectively. I'd take your time. It's easy to fall in love on your first outing, but I think you'll be better satisfied if you take some time and revisit your favorites over several weeks. For a first 'dog, I'd go smooth, as well as with the bead lines. I really like my Stanwell 32, but it is a small pipe, and first a first 'dog, I'd like my Johs better. But by all means look around. For estates, I'd stick with our mainline sponsors, to get something that is what it says it is, that you will thoroughly enjoy. People love their bulldogs, so try to start right.
I have 62 bulldogs, and not a bad dog in the bunch, from Danish to Italian to American, big bowls to small bowls, squats to talls, bents to straight, saddles to tapers, cheap to expencive. I don't think you'll go wrong no matter what dog you get.
Welcome to the bulldog club. I am crazy about my herd.
I have a Ferndown, Bark Bulldog, btm right would get extremely hot even slow puffing. I loaded some fireplace mortar repair and did a coating on both sides sweeping thinner going upwards. That did the trick.not enough meat in the V downward part on some of em.
The Stanwell shape 191 is a good one, but I believe it only comes quarter bent. Some good Petes are also quarter bent. But if you like straight bulldogs, go for that -- there are plenty available. 'Looks like BC makes a bistro bulldog, shown at iwanries.com for only $57, but that may be a little too down market for you. You could get that and some other 'dog, and still come in at your $150. Lots of options here.