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Briars Colour Too. Before and After Photos.

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  1. jarit

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    I don't photograph my pipes much, but if anyone's interested here's a couple of photos of the same pipe, first unsmoked on the day I got it, and after about two years of smoking. Probably four to six bowls per month.

    We all have seen how meers take colour nicely when smoked, but does anyone else have before/after shots of their briars?

    Posted 4 years ago #
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    Bet it smokes wonderfully now that its broken in..

    Jason
    Posted 4 years ago #
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    Gorgeous.

    Posted 4 years ago #
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    Very nice.

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    Hi Owen:

    I'm thinking that all briars darken overtime, so if you like a light shade, you might need to plan for it.

    Posted 4 years ago #
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    Of course they do, skin oils, dirt and grime, sun light, air, humidity, etc. all add to the patina. Leave them in the sun for a period of time and some will bleach out.

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    Posted 4 years ago #
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    You would be surprised just how much a pipe will lighten up when you clean the surface. The oils from your hand are drawn out by the warmth of the pipe, deposited on the pipe's surface and they attract and hold all manner of things. Those contaminates become imbedded in the wax finish darkening it over time. A light buffing with white diamond can remove most of it but that done with any regularity and you usually loose your nomenclature as well.

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    Anyone ever buy an unfinished pipe with the intent of developing a patina? Hand oil or otherwise?

    We're you happy with the results?

    Posted 4 years ago #
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    That's a real good looking pipe there, before and after darkening. That's quite normal and many of my pipes have darkened over time from being held.

    Posted 4 years ago #
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    A Tale of Two Askwiths:

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    bcharles', at the expense of repeating myself, I am a huge fan of unfinished pipes and think that "finishing" an unfinished pipe by smoking it is one of the great pleasures of pipe smoking. I am currently working on recent purchases of unfinished Savenellis, including a billiard panel and a 920 Dublin, but I have two thirty year (plus) unfinished Savs now smoked to a golden walnut color. I like patina on any pipe. To me, with some pipes, even a little char on the brim is a good thing rather than damage. Nothing gives a prince a little macho re-do like a bit of char. In a sense, the wear on a pipe is its badge of honor and proof of use. With any pipe, but especially unfinished, after the usual cleaning, I polish the entire pipe -- bowl, shank, and stem -- after every smoke. I try to do it immediately while the pipe is still warm. I also wipe out the bowls with a paper napkin or towel, to avoid cake, keeping the carbon layer to a thin coating. I don't own a reamer. Patina is a a plus, a good thing.

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    I have several including smooth and blasted they color nicely. I bought some prettier virgins in 1967 that look like hey were stained. Shel

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    Anyone ever buy an unfinished pipe with the intent of developing a patina? Hand oil or otherwise?

    We're you happy with the results?

    I bought several when I first started 50 years ago. I used nose oil a lot, and they all darkened and developed a nice patina. One fine day I will photograph all my pipes and post appropriately. (There was a 40 year period where the pipes were unused and stored away from light).

    Also, I had a Comoy from way back that I rarely smoked, and I didn't like the light color, so applied one coat of olive oil and it darkened up immediately.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    I think I have one of those unfinished Savs. I'm thinking they were called "naturals" back when I got it from P&C and it's stamped "Italy". Whatever, it's a bulldog shape and came unfinished and cheap with a few pits here and there. It has darkened up significantly over the years by doing nothing but smoke it.

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    I guess I know what my next pipe needs to be!

    This may be the start of a specialization....

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    Of course they do, skin oils, dirt and grime, sun light, air, humidity, etc. all add to the patina.

    Yep, that's about it and not the same as how a meerschaum changes color over time. It will happen more quickly to a pipe that is simply waxed, which never lasts all that long, (the wax, not the pipe!) as to one that has a coat of shellac. A meerschaum, due to it's porous nature, draws moisture and tobacco tar into the material.

    ~I started out with nothing, and still have most of it.~
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    Posted 4 years ago #

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