Stanwell...Good or Not so Much ?

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aro222

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Mar 17, 2018
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Hey guys, most of my pipes are Italian ( Savinelli and Castello) however I’ve recently come across this Stanwell which is scratching me where I itch. Just was wondering if I could get some info on these. Are they good smokers ? Would you recommend them ? This particular one is made in Denmark and has a 9 mm filter. Cost is comparable to a lower end sav.

Any info would be great. Thanks



 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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I own one of those, Italian made, brushed finish, original design by Sixten Iversson. I find it a good serviceable pipe. You can get the brushed finish version from PC for about $50, sometimes less on sale. A snazzier finish will cost more, but not a great deal more. If you like the look, I think you'd be satisfied. I buy them as non-filter pipes, but choose what you like best.

 

cosmicfolklore

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Aug 9, 2013
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I have never heard anyone say that they have had a problem with a Stanwell, new or old designs. Get it, and let us know what you think. I hope it turns out to be a great burner for you. I love all of my Stanwells, but I don't have any of the Italian ones yet.

 

thesmokindragon

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I have several Stanwell new and old designs - they have all smoked without issues and my Golden Danish (45) has earned a "top spot" in my rotation

 

techie

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I also have several Stanwells and enjoy them. I tried them with and without the filter and prefer no filter.

 

hawky454

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They are every bit as good as Savinelli’s if not better in my opinion. I like to smoke them without filters and no adapters, you just need to clean out the filter chamber with a q-tip from time to time. I own a lot of the modern day Stanwell’s and I have yet to find a bad smoker.

 

olkofri

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Do I have to use the filter or can I smoke it without, like my sav’s ?
You don't have to use the filter. Though balsa filters would serve you well. You can use an adapter if you want to smoke filter-less; that's how I smoke my Vauen, which is 9mm too.
You could smoke it without filter or adapter, for a 'reverse calabash' effect. The one time I tried this I suffered horrible tongue bite, right from the charring light. So pace yourself.

 

olkofri

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Here's an adapter: Cheap 9mm adapter
I have this one: Vauen 9mm adapter
I prefer the Vauen: it is very well made, with a rubber ring that firmly but gently secures it to the tenon, and it's sized properly. The cheap one looks, well, cheap.

 

rdavid

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Jun 30, 2018
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All my Stanwells are outstanding smokers and I find myself reaching for them over my Savinellis lately. And I do frequently use the 9mm filters as I smoke up to a dozen bowls a day. Really helps with preventing a sore tongue, especially since I tend to overpuff sometimes.
That's a great looking pipe. Now you have me looking!

 

ophiuchus

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Mar 25, 2016
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The Stanwell 95 is a great shape in the hand; both Danish and Italian versions are good pipes. (The 95s in my collection make terrific drinking pipes!)
If you like an open draw, just throw away the filter and smoke as is.

 

workman

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Jan 5, 2018
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Drinking pipes! That's new. So, what do you drink from it? Is it dedicated to just one beverage or do you mix it up a little?

To the OP: I have several Stanwells and they are good smokers, all of them.

 

olkofri

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aro222, the Vauen adaptor is the same length as a Dr Perl Jr filter. If the Stanwell takes those filters without a problem, then the adapter will work. Since those filters are standard in Europe, I'd say you'd have no problems.

 

tschiraldi

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Dec 14, 2015
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Every Stanwell I've owned has been a good, solid smoker, and I like many of their shapes. Haven't noticed a difference at all between the Danish and Italian ones. Never had one with a filter, though.

 

alsatmem

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Jan 7, 2019
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I have over a dozen Stanwells, including that exact pipe, and all are excellent smokers! Unbeatable, especially with their price points. Highly recommended.