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fnord

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Dec 28, 2011
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Topeka, KS
I know this is really going to seem ridiculous to you old timers, but WTH.
I've been fiddlefarting around with pipes for over forty years and finally got serious with our hobby around 24 months ago.
This week I received a couple of pipe nails and am astonished with how well they work.
What amazing tools!
There is no pretense or promises offered that can't be recovered. They stir up loose ash and tamp down tobacco. Ba-da-Bing! That's it. Nothing more. Nothing less.
I've got some terrific tampers from well known makers and others I hold dear from good friends. But nothing beats the elegant simplicity of a .95 cent nail.
Fnord

 

sfsteves

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Aug 3, 2013
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SF Bay Area
fnord said:

"I've been fiddlefarting around

with pipes for over forty years ..."
Me too ... though I had one of those "nails" back in the 70s, it seems to have disappeared along with some really bad fashions from that era ... too bad about the disappearance of the 'nail' ... the 'fashions', not so much.

 

barleynbaccy

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May 31, 2013
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I got a bag of 10 when I started out. I also purchased 3 czech tools, and have since bought one of the brigham tools. The nails have remained my go to. One guy at my homebrew club has a 16 penny nail that he has been using forever and thats his only pipe tool.

 

pipestud

Preferred Member
Dec 6, 2012
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Robinson, TX.
Whew, when I saw the thread title I was sure fnord was posting about me.
Yes sir, pipe nails are a simple work of art. I have them strung out all over the place in my house, in my shop, in my office at work, in my car, even in all of my pants (I think). Can't beat 'em!
Best,
Pipestud

 

nachman

Member
Jun 27, 2013
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And a pipe nail also doubles as a great snuff spoon. The all in one tobacco tool. If you want to use a 10D nail, you can hammer the sharp end into a little scoop like the aluminium ones you buy.

 

petes03

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Jun 23, 2013
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It's hard to beat simplicity! I just wish I could get the mechanical engineers at work to realize that! I can get the nails for $.75 at my local B&M, and Czech tools for $1.50, I see no need to spend more for a pipe tool.

 

jkenp

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Sep 5, 2013
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NW Indiana
I'd used the Czech tool too. But got a Chinese on for 6-bucks with shipping on ebay that I like much better. Made of stainless and the pick is nicer and the tamper a just right oval. It has a decent pipe knife too. A bit heavy would be my only knock.


 

plateauguy

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Mar 19, 2013
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My wife has bought me some beautiful tampers - even the Peterson Sherlock. They display well, but I use my nails. I have 2 in my travel kit, 2 in the trailer, 1 in the truck, and 5 scattered around the house. Can't beat them!

 

vigil

Junior Member
Nov 12, 2013
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Day to day, I use one of my nails... The cheap aluminium ones abound around here. But, my "daily driver" is one I whipped up in the garage one day from a large stainless steel screw. Trash to Treasure (as they say).

 

mso489

Preferred Member
Feb 21, 2013
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I have several Czech tools and a nice handmade tamper, but I nearly always use one of my several pipe nails. It's just

quick and easy, on automatic pilot. In a pinch, a golf tee works, the pointy end for a pick and scoop, and the ball end

for a tamper. I'm not a golfer, but tees always seem to be around.

 

misterlowercase

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May 31, 2012
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It's the only thing I ever use. I wish it was just one inch longer -- but then again, that's the story of my life.
LOL

Remember, it's not how big the nail is, it's howya swing the hammer that counts!
For a long time I used a golf tee.

 

snagstangl

Preferred Member
Jul 1, 2013
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boxes of galvanized roofing nails about 5 bucks, rinse them off and all he tampers you will ever need. Come from 3/4 of inch to 3 and a 1/2 inches.

 

zekest

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Apr 1, 2013
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Surprised that no one mentioned Golf Tee's used as pipe nails/tools.
Having one from a prestigious golf course like Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey, or any of the fabulous links of Scotland would be quite nice.

 

pstlpkr

Preferred Member
Dec 14, 2009
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Birmingham, AL
I have a number of pipe nails, I upgrade when dressing up.

But, my favorite "nail" is the square headed Brebbia with the little spoon on the end...

And, no Cortez.... I only use it for tobacco.

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