Unsmoked 60's Kaywoodie 500 Billiard

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alaskanpiper

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Hi all,
Recently acquired an unsmoked Kaywoodie 500 series smooth billiard (shape chart 11). I have read that these were a lower end Kaywoodie line, mine apparently from sometime between 1959 and 1967. Does anyone have experience with these particular Kaywoodies? I have read alot about Kaywoodies' being great smokers, but that it was mostly older ones (like pre-1936 old) that were really good.
It was cheap and unsmoked, and I am intrigued by their history, so I grabbed it on whim to give it a shot, just wondering if anyone out there has smoked them and what their thoughts are.
Thanks!

Frank

 

alaskanpiper

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Forum member "crashthegrey" is a Kaywoodie collector and sells Kaywoodies on his site https://greywoodie.com/. Maybe he'll pipe in with some info.
Just sent him an email! Thanks!

 

crashthegrey

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Thanks for your email. Definitely a "low end" pipe from 1957 to 1967. But low end just means that the grain didn't stand out so it got a darker finish and a more "standard" stamp. They smoke very nicely and should easily fit in your rotation. Feel free to reach out with any further questions. Thanks for the shout out scloyd.

 

alaskanpiper

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Sweet! Thanks for the email response! Good to know what I've got, pretty much what I was expecting, thanks!

 

mso489

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On into the 1950's, Kaywoodie was the Cadillac pipe and cost more than Dunhills, though both were within reach of most of the pipe-smoking public. Even the low-end briars they make today are fine little push-bit pipes and a true bargain. As a ten-year-old, I should have bought a dozen Dunhills with my birthday money and pet-sitting funds. That's a handsome Kaywoodie, and I suspect it will have many of the old Cadillac traits that marked the brand.

 

mso489

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Partly because of this thread, I'm smoking my Kaywoodie straight briar blast panel billiard with a tapered stem that I bought six or eight years ago. I'm smoking Amphora Burley in it, a sample a member sent me from the Chicago pipe show. It's a good pairing and a fine little pipe, just about right for after a meal. Kaywoodie still made a fine pipe, if no longer in the premium category. Next maybe my Yello-Bole Checker, also a straight billiard panel with a checker themed carved pattern. Some of these retro pipes are pleasantly beyond their price point for the job they do.

 

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I assume it has the original stinger ball (3 hole?). If so, if you are patient, Kaywoodies offer an excellent smoke. Great stems. All of mine have the stinger ball, I suspect with the ball cut off, they may smoke even better.

 

alaskanpiper

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Not sure about the stinger ball, but from what ive read it should. pipe should arrive monday.
And yes it wont be unsmoked for long. I dont buy pipes to stare at them. Thats what tv is for.