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Boswell or Tinsky??

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    Hi all,

    I know its a very difficult (and maybe unreasonable) question, but if you want to spend $200 on a pipe, would you go with a Boswell or Tinsky? and why?

    Thanks a lot

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    Jesus that’s easy. Tinsky. He’s just a much more skilled pipemaker. I know lots of people love Boswells, it’s a great shop, and they’re great people, but put twenty of theirs and twenty of Marks side by side........

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    +1 Tinsky

    Great pipes

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    Never owned a Boswell but I can vouch for Tinsky carving well made pipes.

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    Do enjoy Boswell tobacco's...But the Tinsky pipes are on my list this year.

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    I don’t own either but to me the choice would be very simple if I were to choose between the two... Tinsky.

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    While I don't have a Boswell, I enjoy my Tinsky a lot. If it matters, Tinsky is doing some very innovative designs. BTW, my avatar is the Tinsky Caldron I own.

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    I assumed a Tinsky would be out of my price range. That's pretty reasonable for such a nice looking pipe.

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    Tinsky all day.

    Tobacco's a help because it clears the mind
    But like all your friends it is vilified
    They always say, the right amount's fine
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    I own both and I’d buy another tinsky...

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    I have 2 Tinsky. I bought a Boswell and immediately sold it as I did not like the workmanship/design. I am sure that they are good pipes just not my style. The Tinsky pipes are my favorite.

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    Did someone mention Tinsky?!!

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    It depends....I own several of both. Boswell makes some shapes/sizes (e.g., Wizard shape, some Jumbo sizes, etc.) Tinsky doesn't. If you like one of those shapes/sizes then Boswell. The construction and smoking characteristics of both are excellent. Tinsky pipes tend to have better grain appearance and are more polished (i.e. less rustic). So it all depends on what pipe is speaking to you.

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    I really love my Boswell, but will also get a Tinsky eventually. Buy the pipe you like the most, they will both be good smokers.

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    Two entirely different styles, that's for sure. Both men have large followings and I guess it just depends on what style of pipe you are looking for. I've smoked both brands and think they are very nice pipes... just vastly different.

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    I have neither but would lean towards Boswell.

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
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    I have no Boswells yet but my two Tinsky pipes are fine smokers.

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    I have 3 Boswell pipes, and love them. However in the last 2 years or so, their designs to me have become more chunky and less refined. I used to visit their page weekly in anticipation of seeing the latest releases. Now when I look at their pipes, nothing seems intriguing or interesting enough that I would obsess, or want to buy that shape. It's almost as if they've stopped seeing the art in the briar.

    Of course our tastes all differ; it's why there's chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

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    I have several of both, agree on very different styles. All the pipes smoke great.

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    Are we voting? It's very nice of you to give us such control over your purchasing power. I have Tinskys, love them. I don't have any Boswells, and I think I have seen only one in person. My vote is on Tinsky. Enjoy!!

    Michael
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    No brainer.. Tinsky! Check his website some nice pipes listed under $200.

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    I've owned both and would choose Tinsky. The Boswell family make their place a special place to visit and hang out and they sell a ton of pipes, but as pipestud stated their styles are very different. Tinsky's pipes are more refined and offer a wider variety of shapes and finishes, where as Boswell pushes out their pipes at a faster pace which probably explains the differences. Both tend to smoke well.

    As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.
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    I don't have either so I can't speak to them really. I do know people that have a pipe from either brand tend to have multiple of them.

    Personally I'd go for a Tinsky, because the Boswell pipes have gotten bigger and chunkier which isn't really my bowl of tobacco.

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    I would say Tinsky as well. I was looking at one for myself until I saw my Ardor and had to have it instead. He's got quite a few listed that I really like and are priced very well. I've seen a few Boswell's that I would have liked to purchase, but they got disappeared before I did. I do also agree that you're talking two completely different styles and when I get ready, I do plan owning one of each, but I'm likely to purchase the Tinsky first.

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco." - George Washington

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    I've got more than a dozen of each and like them all. My Tinsky's are all sandblasted and generally small, and my Bozzies are mostly rusticated and generally large. Whichever you choose--you're going to walk away with a nice, American-made pipe at a great value.

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    I have several of both and hands down I reach for a Tinsky over a Boswell 99% of the time. Boswell does make some nice pipes, but the Tinsky craftsmanship is always on point.

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    Hands down Tinsky, I have 3 of his pipes and all 3 are excellent. I had two Boswell’s and they were terrible couple that they appeared to be carved with a hack saw. I will never own another.

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    I cast my vote for Boswell. I have more than a dozen and they're all fine smokers.

    Cheers,

    Chili

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    I don't own either, but Tinsky has the more established reputation as this thread illustrates.

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    I own a few from both makers.

    Tinsky wins.

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    I own several Boswells and can testify that for me, they are just great smokes. I do not own a Tinksy, and would love to, and maybe I will have a mad PAD soon and jump in the Tinsky pool.

    But as for smokability, my Boswells are hard to beat. Yeah, some are fairly large, but the freehands are works of art in my estimation. The grain always pops. The walls are thick to give a cool smoke.

    For the money, I don't think you can beat a Boswell.

    And, yes, the family is just a delight to work with. And, BTW, they have some wonderful tobacco blends.


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    Late to the party here, which I guess is good. 25 Boswell, 1 Tinsky.....Enough said.

    John
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    Wow, thanks guys. Amazing comments. As I guessed both are pretty popular, but looks like Tinsky gets more votes here

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    Do you have any issues with estate pipes?

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    Never had one and honestly not inclined to have too

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    I mean if its estate but unsmoked it should be fine

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    I was going to say, could probably pick both up for 200 for estates.

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    you mean smoked estates right?

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    Yes, ebay, smokingpipes.com, and here are all good places.

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