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travellersczech

New member
Aug 8, 2018
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Hi all, It's been...well a while since I've introduced myself in this forum. Not much after that only due to the fact that 24 hours in a day aren't enough for me to do the things I enjoy, such as participate in this great forum.
I come to you however in need. (Funny how that works I suppose)
I am trying to find any information at all on a recently acquired tamper. It has a great feel and works like a charm. The more I use it, the more it intrigues me. I've finally got the time and courage to ask the only place I could think of with an abundance of resources and information that may help me solve my inquiry.
Any info or suggestions are greatly appreciated. I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the photos.








 

milehighpiper

Senior Member
Sep 10, 2018
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I have no idea what it is and looks dangerous! You should send it to me for further inspection... indefinitely! Just kidding. I also have to say it does look like a briar. A friend of mine has one similar to it with a 44 magnum casing on the business end.

 

crashthegrey

Preferred Member
Dec 18, 2015
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Phenomenal tamper. Definitely a gorgeous piece of plateau briar. I have no idea who used/uses that stamp, unfortunately. It looks like two R's? Or is that just the photo?

 

travellersczech

New member
Aug 8, 2018
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Thanks for the responses. Yes it is briar and brass...3D Birdseye even! I'll keep searching and hope someone may have a hint in the future as to it's creator.
milehighpiper: It's in the mail on it's way to you, I can't be trusted with dangerous things.
crashthegrey: It definitely has a great feel...a neat piece to stare into/at while in deep contemplation during a bowl. It appears to have a double 'R' and I'm convinced it isn't an erroneous strike simply due to it's quality. -I have been to known to be incorrect...more times than I'd like to admit.

 

glassjapan

Member
Feb 11, 2017
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Does the metal dot insert look like silver? If so probably made by Pipe Tampers by Rainer. Not much info on him other than an old google listing. But there are a bunch of pictures on Pinterest from'18 that may give some leads. Good luck!

 

travellersczech

New member
Aug 8, 2018
32
31
For a minute I thought this mini-adventure was over (thankfully). The dot after careful inspection and minor needle precision cleaning turned out to be the same brass as the tamper base. -Definitely a one piece, piece of brass defying logic. I must say I am intrigued with this Rainer name...could be either an early masterpiece, a late last ditch effort, or a complete knock-off. It appears as a majority of his tampers have a dissimilar band of either material or color to them. Mine is a solid piece. The journey does not end however, all and any suggestions (besides the ones telling me where to keep the tamper) are welcome.

 

travellersczech

New member
Aug 8, 2018
32
31
jpmcwjr: This is the only 'fancy' tamper I have ever owned. All of my tampers are labeled 'Made In Czechoslovakia' and are capable of being my ultimate survival tool. I'm not too fussy about my tampers as long as they do the job...my latest acquisition however had me intrigued. It's best you not get started on fancy tampers -unless they do not say 'Made In Czechoslovakia'.

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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"Love beautiful tampers but have a thing for pipe nails (and Czech tools, and folding stainless steel pipe tools) for their simplicity and functionality. Pipe nails don't get lost. They follow you home. They live in your pockets.