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Anyone Familiar with the Al Pascia Curvy?

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  1. tufftony

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    I've been thinking of ordering this one.

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  2. chasingembers

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    Made by Gubbels, that one has many fans around here. Don't have one myself, but Gubbels Big Ben pipes have never let me down.

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    No personal experience, but I've only heard good things about them. I look at them often, but have yet to purchase one.

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    Love mine!


    Al Pascià Curvy

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    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    I like how they resemble the Big Ben Barbados line.

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    I have two. They smoke fantastic. Not sure if it is the thick walls, the calabash chamber or what. Also surprisingly easy to clinch. I have one similar to what Olkofri posted and just found another one I liked on eBay for a nice deal.

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    It's the only pipe I can clench comfortably naturally, as its short mouthpiece makes it fit my labiomental fold as a glove. They also smoke very cool.

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    They look heavy, uncomfortable to clench, I don't understand reverse Calabash pipes, and the stem reminds me of Mr Brog pipes.

    But saying all of that, I do like the shape of the pipes, and some grain I've seen had been beautiful. They just remind me of novelty pipes.

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  9. tufftony

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    Thanks for the mostly encouraging replies.

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    I like the Curvy pipes, especially the wood grain...not a fan of the colored ones.

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    didi, you'd be surprised: they're actually feather light. (Which also tells you about the quality of the briar.)

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    I don't understand reverse Calabash pipes,

    The regular Calabash have an empty area below the bowl. The reverse calabash have an empty space in the shank coming out of the bowl. Is that the secret to the smoking quality? I would think it certainly contributes. As far as weight, they're lighter than they look and with the short stem and comfortable mouthpiece, they're one of the easiest clinchers you can smoke.

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    A tongue-bit proof pipe.

    Al

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    Here's a photo of the one I just purchased.

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    I don't understand reverse Calabash pipes

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    Capital specimen, Hoosier!

    Another plus of the natural Curvys is the fabulous grain they sport for pipes in this price range.

    Cap'n, that cross sectioned pipe looks like a standard 9mm drilled pipe; yet, when I tried to smoke my Vauen as reverse calabash I burned my tongue like hell. No bite with the real McCoy.

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    Capital specimen, Hoosier!

    +1 ... as is yours Olkofri.

    I have two of them...the only two nose-warmers I own. They both smoke very well and are comfortable to clench...especially with some dry vinyl tape on the stem.

    This is my first one:

    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/joined-the-curvy-club

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  18. chasingembers

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    Cap'n, that cross sectioned pipe looks like a standard 9mm drilled pipe

    That one is non filtered.

    No bite with the real McCoy.

    I've never gotten bite from their Big Ben pipes.

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    This is my first one:
    Man.... how long have I been saying, "enjoy the heck out of it" every time someone gets a new pipe? Well, I hope you're still enjoying the heck out of it!

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    I like the Curvy pipes, especially the wood grain...not a fan of the colored ones.

    Same here.

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    Just ordered mine -- the one in the picture at the top -- as a
    little birthday present for myself. Looking forward to filling
    it with MacBaren Original Choice when it arrives.

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    I have one and I like it very much, it smokes just fine. Easy to clean, the bowl is deceivingly large, the design is attractive, and smokes very dry as any moisture is condensed inside the second chamber. And no ashes in your mouth either!

    But now I have to kinda disagree with most: To me the button is too big and since the taper of the stem is a little dramatic due to its shortness it doesn't clench well; and the second chamber is much too small to cool down the smoke, really. It's mostly a gimmicky pipe.

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    I've been on the fence with this one since first seeing it and this is not helping, haha. Cooling/not cooling, good clencher/not good clencher, oy. I guess that's how it goes around here and I'll forge on solo 9mm. That reverse chamber must get stanky though, and I hate to rub it w alchohol all the time to de ick it and risk removing too much silicates..

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    Visually the Curvy is irresistible, especially that page of every color and several finishes. I bet I've shopped them a dozen times or more. So why no Curvy on my rack? I think it is because I have several pocket nose-warmer pipes that smoke really well and are more compact in proportion than Curvy. It's a delicious looking pipe but just somewhat balloon-like.

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    I have not had the least issue with the chamber getting dirty or stinky. When the smoke is complete, the stem pulls off rather easily and you just wipe the inside of the plastic chamber with a pipe cleaner.

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    Every time I see them, I think, "pacifier."

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    Oh thanks for that association Cosmic, now I can't not see/think that. I'll never get a reverse calabash at this rate. Unless I figure out to smoke my calabash gourd backwards..

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  28. hoosierpipeguy

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    And what is a pipe if not a type of pacifier? Hey, I'm not trying to push the Al Pascia pipes on people. They're not likely for everybody. If I hadn't gotten a phenomenal deal on the first one, I'd have never tried one. I thought they looked rather absurd and thought they had no chance to work. As usual with those preconceived notions, I was 100% incorrect. I will probably purchase more so please everyone, don't start buying them. It will simply drive the prices up.

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  29. tufftony

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    Thanks for all your comments. I won't be able to decide on
    which I agree or disagree with until my own Al Pascia arrives
    but the comment about them suggesting pacifiers really cracked
    me up.

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  30. cigrmaster

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    Mark, cool looking pipe, nice addition to your collection.

    Olkofrim yours is also very nice looking, really cool looking grain.

    Harris
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