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Erik Nording Compass Pipes

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  1. callsignawesome

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    Does anyone have any experience with Nording's Compass pipe? I'm interested in getting a poker as I don't own one. When I was searching around the internet I came across his Compass pipe and it intrigued me. I think the price is good at $38 shipped (new.) It's certainly non-traditional, but still attractive in it's own way. I'm looking at the briar bowl version in particular and am not interested in the aluminum cased versions.

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco." - George Washington to the Continental Congress, 1776
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    A little bump to see if anyone has experience with these.

    I'm thinking of buying this one:

    I think it looks nice and durable.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    This one is tempting me.....

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I've taken a serious look at them, but haven't bought one yet. I like the rusticated versions, but I'm not as big a fan of smooth pipes as I am some with texture. Very nice looking pipes though. I think Tom Eltang made something similar, but they're about triple the cost. I would consider picking one of these up for a little knock around pipe.

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

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    A year later, OP gets an answer!

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I have four of them! (albeit the sailor variant)

    I was looking for the kind of pipe I could use when camping: something small and simple - almost a European version of a cob. So I bought two as the price was relatively low. I have now acquired another two and I must admit I am rather taken with them.

    They are a shortish smoke - probably not much more chamber volume than a falcon or something like that. It is also very light. But it smokes beautifully (as you might expect from a pipe designed by an engineer). It is an absolute doddle to clean.

    Not everyone will be as taken with it as I was - I suspect it is something you will love or hate. But considering the relatively low price, it is well worth the punt.

    If you need to know anything more about them, let me know.

    Mike

    "Pipe-smokers spend so much time cleaning, filling and fooling with their pipes, they don't have time to get into mischief." - Bill Vaughan
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I was looking at these pipes a couple weeks ago and ended up buying the Eltang Basics poker. It’s a tiny bit larger in terms of capacity, but still about a group 2 in capacity. I liked the idea of the carbon fiber shank as opposed to aluminum as well. It’s incredibly comfortable to clench. Ultralight and with a comfortably-shaped bit. However, Nording makes excellent pipes which are an EXTREMELY good value. I have a Nording Signature that’s wonderful. I wouldn’t hesitate to spend $40 on one of these Compass pipes. I’ll be curious to read owners’ opinions on them. Maybe this time next year!

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I'd say anything Erik Nording makes is going to smoke just fine. The thin metal shank looks a little spare, but you gain back in light weight. I have several other pipes that serve the same purpose -- rugged, portable, light weight -- including one of his old Eriksen pipes, a bent billiard, and several other brands with thick durable shanks and stems. I'd say you won't go wrong with one of these if they are visually pleasing to you.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    This thread tempted me. Now I want one! Especially since I just bought another lakeland, LOL.

    Almost pulled the trigger last nite, but I had to buy tools, so the Compass will have to remain north of me for a bit.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Since there seems to be a variety of these available, I'd shop around to get one that has just the finish and color you want, to keep you reaching for it.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I've never slammed a Nording & never will, but the very first time I looked at this line of his I knew it just wasn't my bowl of leaf. Still there's a market for just about any style, no matter how wild. Smoke & let smoke, as it were.

    Bill

    Head Black Frigate keelhauler, boss powder monkey, & troublemaker 1st class.
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I placed my order tonight but it will still be a couple of months before I can give it a go. I'll be sure to post my thoughts when I do though.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I've never slammed a Nording & never will, but the very first time I looked at this line of his I knew it just wasn't my bowl of leaf

    We've found a Nording you don't like Bill!

    They have a clean look to them, not my style personally, but find a finish you like and go for it.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Shanez,

    Soooooo... how does it smoke? Do you like it? Any regerts (sic)?

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    They smoke well, especially for the price. They are excellent clenchers and very easy to clean. I wouldn't say that they are poster example of a poker though, thicker walls and a shank make a difference, but they are great for what they are. I use them for fishing pipes, particularly dipnetting. The chamber is smaller than your average poker as well, quite a small chamber compared to many briar pokers, a 20 minute smoke for me, if that.

    I like them though, again for the price hard to beat, but don't judge all pokers on your experience with them.

    "We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us." ---Hank

    "Yeah, well, you know that's just like, uh, your opinion, man..." --- The Dude
    Posted 1 month ago #
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    I love mine. The smaller chamber works well for strong blends. GH&C Dark Flake Unscented is a perfect example. I now smoke it exclusively in this pipe.

    I'm thinking of getting another to keep in my day hiking pack.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Does the shank get hot? It seems like it would be a problem with this design--one step removed from the old metal Aristocob.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Does the shank get hot?

    Not in my experience.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Good to hear. I will be picking one up here in the next month or so just out of curiosity. I have this pipe as a fishing/travel pipe but want to try something else.

    Thanks for the update!

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    $38 for a new pipe can't be beat really, unless it's a $38 cobs guess.

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    I have this pipe as a fishing/travel pipe but want to try something else.

    Exactly the same reason I got mine. All my fishing pipes were cobs and I wanted to shake it up. I'm happy with it.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    I wasn't particularly impressed with mine. It's crooked!

    It also came with an scandalous amount of dip stain that was a hell of a pain to remove prior to first smoke:

    Got the stain on my fingers and even after two hand washings I still had some left in my pinkie, which is the one I used to insert the paper towel into, given the bowl's narrowness:

    It's also a whistler; not whilst I smoke it, but if I draw on it when empty it does whistle.

    Maybe I got a dud, but I wouldn't buy another one. And I'm leery of Nording pipes in general now.

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    "I've never slammed a Nording & never will, but the very first time I looked at this line of his I knew it just wasn't my bowl of leaf. Still there's a market for just about any style, no matter how wild. Smoke & let smoke, as it were.

    Bill"

    The only thing I will slam them about is the finish.
    It is just me.
    Too shiny, can't remove it but millions love it.
    Maybe I would like them for a fishing pipe over a cob. But maybe not, but they are prettier and worth the price to try it.
    They smoke good though.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Dont have the Nording, but I have a Dunhill Duke I'm fond of on the same principle. I wouldn't be afraid of trying it.

    Posted 1 month ago #

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