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  • Started 10 months ago by newbroom
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  1. newbroom

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    I use the pick part of my Czech frequently to clear an airpath through my tobacco after having charred and smoked a portion of my initial 'pack'.
    Typically, I'm smoking a crimp, ribbon, or shag cut or a mix of these presentations and they tend to expand and choke themselves after a char if I haven't packed just right. (a lot of the time)
    I simply pierce that bowl's tobacco right through to the bottom of the bowl and thereby opening a draft which allows me to sip contentedly.
    There's usually an airspace I've left at the bottom, using a 3 step packing method.

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  2. mikethompson

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    Hmm, makes sense to open up the airway. What is the pick on the Czech tool supposed to be for?

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    It's good for clean outs post smoke, especially on conical bowls, or cobs.

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    Thanks for the idea, always learning something new on this site.

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    I usually do something similar - running the pick through the shank of the pipe (you need to remove the stem).
    Somehow better if compared to a hole done through the bowl (which also tends to get blocked by the next tamp).

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  6. newbroom

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    I guess maybe I should have said that I tamp after I char, then plunge.
    I'm just sayin, it helps me.
    Sure, I've had bowls that tend to occlude at the draft hole, but even then, I can clear it with the pick.
    I use pipe cleaners to maintain the stem and shank up to the bowl.

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  7. seanv

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    It’s something I usually do near the last third of the bowl. I have found that the best airway is made by poking through opposite side of the airway.

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    Hmm, makes sense to open up the airway. What is the pick on the Czech tool supposed to be for?

    Damn! It seems I have been doing it wrong. I have been using it to poke those pesky amateur anti-smoking thespians in the chops when they do their arm-flailing and pathetic cough cobblers.

    Apparently, I still have much to learn.

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    Typically, I'm smoking a crimp, ribbon, or shag cut or a mix of these presentations and they tend to expand and choke themselves after a char if I haven't packed just right. (a lot of the time)

    Moisture. If dried to a lower level, you will find that the tobacco won't expand such that it blocks airflow. And then packing is easier and almost failsafe. I smoke mostly ready rubbed, but this is true for flake and cake, both of which require a lot more drying time than shag or ribbon.

    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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  10. mso489

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    That's an astute recommendation of the classic Czech tool, and a really good suggestion on the use of the pick. I am deeply devoted to the pipe nail for its sheer simplicity which is really an elegance of design despite it's mundane look and price. But the pipe nail doesn't provide this airway opening function in a packed bowl. Luckily, I have a cluster of nails and Czech tools (one of the Czech's dating back to my grandfather). I also have a nice stainless steel pen-knife-like tool. But I always grab the nail first. I like the horseshoe nail too, but its tamper is not quite as broad and effective as the regular nail. I've always used the pick on a Czech tool to loosen and stir a bowl before I tamp it gently and relight.

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    Makes sense to me, akin to a cigar whose draw is too tight poking a hole in there definitely helps.

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    Good points.

    I would like to use my Czech tool as a mini wizard wand. I could vanquish my neighbors when they complain about the pipe smoke blowing over and "getting in their face and making their outdoor furniture smell horrible".

    Neal
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    I use the czech only after I am done with a bowl for cleaning.

    These ended up being my favorite tamper

    https://www.pipesandcigars.com/mobile/p/horseshoe-nails-pipe-tools/1481887/

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    Shoot, I thought everybody did that. Yeah, even me, every now & then I'm not paying strict attention to my pack, or else a new bowl takes it differently, & rather than dig the leaf out & start all over I just punch a few cores in it till it's either right or I can get it right. Yeah, I'm lazy, I admit it.

    Head Black Frigate keelhauler, boss powder monkey, & troublemaker 1st class.
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    One does what one needs to do to get a decent smoke. Well, short of dumping the pipe and starting over. I'm too mulish to do that! That's a logical solution to some problems. But, I'd have to admit I mucked up the process first. Not my nature.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    short of dumping the pipe and starting over. I'm too mulish

    Well, that here, yeah, too.... }:)

    have to admit I mucked up the process first. Not my nature.

    Now, there I don't have a problem.

    I make so few mistakes I can afford to be magnanimous & honest when I do.

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    It doesn't plug up on me often but when it does, I use the tool in the same manner. This solution works rather well. Most often, it is just to loosen up the ash when I'm done.

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    While I have found a pipe-related use for each of the tools on a Czech Tool, it is my understanding that it was originally marketed as a more generic tobacco users' tool. The tamp was a pipe tamp, the spoon was for taking nasal snuff, and the pick was for piercing cigar ends.

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    That makes eminent sense. I never really understood the spoon. Oh sure I've found it utile but, unwieldy. Thanks for that!

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    The tamp was a pipe tamp, the spoon was for taking nasal snuff, and the pick was for piercing cigar ends.
    NICE! I knew the tamp and pick,didn't know the snuff spoon. Good stuff, Thanks Brother. I'm a horseshoe nail guy myself...

    "the weez"...
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    I also use my Czech tool as a roach clip when smoking a good cigar that I want to burn to the nub. The pointy tool pierces easily through the final third of the cigar to allow smoking the nub without burning my fingers.

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    I also use my Czech tool as a roach clip
    Roach clip? Used to be small alligator clips to hold joints. Or so I heard tell...

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    Get your mind out of the gutter weezell

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    The spoon on my Czech tool strikes me as a little large for taking snuff with. Granted, I don't have the smallest hooter in Christendom but I would be sneezing for a week if I did a snort that large

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    roach clip

    Now why is it I now see our physician pal as a down/out bum sitting on the curb with a week's growth & a 1.5" butt in his hand....

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    "I smoke old stogies that I have found

    Short, but not too big around"

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    I use the rounded spoon after every bowl to scrap the sides of the cake

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    A pick to dump ashes or loosen a blocked airway, a spoon to remove a dottle and occasionally scrape the walls of the chamber.
    When smoking non flake cut tobacco I sometimes intentionally pack a pipe too tight so it would last longer. In that case a Czech Tool is a must.

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    "I smoke old stogies that I have found

    Short, but not too big around"

    Alde, you're a mess. A man of means by no means.

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    The spoon is also used by snuffers to get a good dose of the stuff into their sinuses.

    Michael
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    I never go without carrying a Czech pipe tool. It is one of the best smoking implements you could ask for...

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    I keep Czech tools lying around all over the house for camping and some digging out the the dottle, but I keep the Rodgers Sheffield tool in my pocket to get into my stacks to dig 'em out, 'cause the Czech tool doesn't get to the bottom. Also like the Rodgers for the blunt knife blade for reaming.

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