The Subtle Joy Of Tampers

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voorhees

Preferred Member
May 30, 2012
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Gonadistan
Cosmic here on the forums fashioned me a beautiful tamper 4 years ago. Here is the link to the unveiling.

 
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pepesdad1

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Feb 28, 2013
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phxrock...if you don't like them that is fine, but no, they are not made by a 10 yr. old and most of the folks that have them say they enjoy something different and that they can hold on to.
Your opinion is noted, and thanks for your thoughts.

 
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burleyboy

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Jul 30, 2019
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Here’s one that I made in about 5 minutes. All you need is a piece of bamboo, a nail and a brass cartridge.

I thinks it feels a bit better in the hand than the nail alone and also has a slightly bigger tamping surface.


 

SpookedPiper

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Sep 9, 2019
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^^^ really cool tamper, didimauw. If any forum members are making anything like that, I'd definitely be interested.
I will second that, there once was a guy selling them on the web but I guess he moved on. I too want a old man tamper.
 

shanez

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Jul 10, 2018
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I like to make tampers out of pieces of branch that I've found on road trips and my own backyard. I usually cut a silver pipe nail in half and glue them into a hole I've drilled into the hardened end of the wood. I harden the wood with liquid super glue which makes the end hard enough to drill without problems...each is unique and brings back memories of where I found it.

The bottom one in this pic would look great with a brass nail. Not sure if it's the color, texture, or both of the wood.

Now I'm curious to try myself!
 

shanez

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Jul 10, 2018
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A stainless steel Dunhill Tamper/tool combo:

3096

3097

A stainless steel W.O. Larsen tamper/tool combo:

3098

3099

A briar Savinelli tamper/tool combo:

3100

3101

My regular use 8 Deco tamper/tool combo:

3102

3103

My backup 8 Deco tamper/tool combo:

3104

3105
 
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J.Henry845

Junior Member
Sep 22, 2019
63
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Dutchess County, NY
With years of experience and improved technique, I find I mostly finger tamp with the exception being if I am smoking one of my meerschaums that I wouldn't want to smudge with ash.

I found finger tamping prevents tamping with too much pressure as well as smoking slower and cooler. Burning a finger once or twice can teach you quick.