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  1. owen

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    Just been out to Abergavenny in Wales for a little trip, only saw to pipe smoking gents both Falcon Standards. Nobody talks about them very much are they any good and as cool (smoking) as they say on the website where they are for sail?

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    sorry for terrible spelling

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    I have two. My personal opinion is they are fine pipes. They are a little light in the mouth and difficult for me to clench. More than once I've flipped ash in my face trying to smoke and do something else.

    The pipe is an instrument of civilization.
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    Owen, do a search and you'll see how many of us own Falcons and love them. I own 6 of them, and my wife has 3 (a bantam, green straight, and a shillelagh). I also have a wonderful bent Dr Grabow Viking.

    When I travel, I have a MM cob, a Falcon stem, and at least 3-4 extra bowls. They are a wonderful travel pipe, or just for kicking around. I have never had anything but a great smoke out of any of them.

    This is an unsmoked Shillelagh that I bought:

    These are my wife's Bantam (white stem) and a standard with Meerschaum bowls purchased through the Meerschaum Store.

    You can't go wrong with a Falcon. Buy one that has little to no tooth chatter - there are plenty of them around, and are very easy to clean. Or if an estate doesn't appeal to you, you can buy a new one - I bought a new black stem, and my wife decided on a green stem (rather hard to find).

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    After reading 'Back from the Ashes' I sorely want a Falcon Hunter. If for no other reason, just as a travel pipe. Do they accept a standard pipe cleaner?

    De gustibus et cloribus non disputandum.
    'There is no arguing about tastes and colours.'
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    Here is a link to some great falcon pipes http://falconpipes.com/

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    Mine takes a regular J B Long cleaner easily. Love the Meer Queen meershaum bowl/Falcon combination. I'm actually enjoying it right now.

    Mike S.

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  8. owen

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    Thanks guys I am convinced, great pictures. It is funny how when I started looking at pipes I felt no love for some brands of which falcon was one, but tastes change I like the idea of a variety of styles, sizes and materials but I will draw the line at carbon fibre pipes for now.

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    @owen, I was a non-believer at first, but as I saw more people show pictures and their love for the metallic pipes I figured what the hell.

    I got my one and only Falcon (my thinking is why do you need tons when the bowls are interchangeable, but different strokes for different folks) and love the damn thing. One of my go-to everyday type pipes. I do get some odd looks at work when I break it out at the smoke shack.

    I just wish the bowls didn't cost as much as an entire estate pipe though. $35+ for a bowl seems pricey to me.

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  10. owen

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    @cmdrmcbragg
    They have just jumped to the front of the queue of pipes that I am slowly trying to purchase as I feel really smitten right now. There is a certain devil may care attitude about the people I see smoking these. Often on a packed bench in a busy town centre. Just getting down to business.

    As you say regarding interchangeability I can try my first Meerschaum bowl, have just the bowl size I want depending on what I am doing and can strip it down on my work bench for a good fettle.

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    Yeah, I can't say I've regretted that purchase one bit. I do like it quite a bit though it took me awhile to come around to it.

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    @plateauguy
    those Meerschaum bowls are outstanding especially the one on your pipe

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    Watch ebay, last year I picked up 8 bowls for around $20. Yep, they were estates and needed to be cleaned, but that's easily done. Gave a couple to friends, and still have a great rotation. I use Falcon pipe cleaners, because they fit a little better, and don't leave fuzz remnants in the stem.

    If you're interested in color pipes, go to ebay.UK - that's where I bought my wife's green one. It's the very limited last batch of production, and they have no intent to reissue them. The black one was also an ebay purchase, and there seems to be plenty of brown and silver ones available. Perhaps it's just me, but a good estate seems to be made a little better than the new ones.

    A Falcon, or even a Dr Grabow Viking is a good purchase. The Viking bowls are harder to find.

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    Yes I looked at a couple of Grabow Vikings on Ebay earlier.
    What is teeth chatter Guys?

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    Teeth chatter is essentially bite marks on the stem from clenching.

    It took me awhile to try a Falcon. I used to work in a brick and mortar and we always sold Falcon's out quickly. Years later I picked up an estate Falcon and was surprised by how good they smoked. In fact, I smoked nothing but Falcons for a couple years but now they are an occasional smoke. They are really good travel pipes.

    Like MikeS above, I use regular BJ Long cleaners and do not use the rings they provide. A small piece of pipe cleaner works just as well and does not obstruct the air flow like the rings can if not properly placed.

    I prefer the black stems over the silver but they are harder to get. There is a fella from Estonia (Pricewin, I think) who sells the black stems. I've gotten a few off him and his prices are very reasonable.

    Michael
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    This is the bent stem Viking I picked up - think it was around $25, doesn't even look smoked:

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    Thanks guys ive just bought one straight and one bent to try
    owen

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    Thanks guys ive just bought one straight and one bent to try

    Let me know what you think please.

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    Falcons are my pipe of choice.
    They make great travel pipes and you dobt get a feeling of hysteria if you drop one as they are very rugged.

    I wont smoke nothing else and they make my two exclusive blends really sing.

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    I always associate Falcon pipes with a certain breed of individual who shares a love of ferrets, nylon shirts, flat hats and northern working mans clubs. My Father purchased one in the 1970s and somehow it was given to me. I could never get on with it, but then again my taste in pipes is pretty eclectic. I believe Falcon used to publish a soft back book on the history of the pipe as I think I have one somewhere or other!

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    @condor lover

    For me they are as I mentioned; a random man in towns all over the UK wearing shorts and sun hat, those waist coats with loads of pockets, who drive rover cars, blow smoke over everyone in town and can even be seen on beaches puffing away oblivious in the baking sun.

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    Maybe it's that I'm of a younger generation, but these pipes always look more likely to contain pot than tobacco. If I smoked one of those in LA, I'd have people giving me the piece sign...I guess that's better than getting a dirty look for smoking an obvious tobacco pipe.

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  23. owen

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    Well my pipes have come and they are great, they smoke very easy and cool, are great to clean, are light and very comfortable in the mouth and feel really robust I have just smoked 3 bowls of Punchbowle one after another on the beach walking the dog. The dental mouth piece however will take some getting used to.

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    Glad you like the pipe, Owen.
    4noggins has good prices on new bowls when you want to add them, or watch ebay for estate bowls.

    PS,
    I hate ferrets, nylon anything, and I wear a baseball hat. You can get "Back from the Ashes" as a Kindle book if you want the history. I actually bought a NOS pipe from the author - very nice lady.

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    Fairly new to the magazine, at least in terms of replies to forum topics. However, I've just read this about Falcons and thought I'd reply. I have three of them, a straight, curved and bent, with three extra bowls. I've found these pipes quite superb for smoking and, as has been said, they are good workaday items, robust and practical. Their looks might not be beautiful but they do the job and a smoke in them is always enjoyable. I love the simplicity of design and that no-nonsense look that says they are straightforward smoking machines rather than works of art. I find them cool to smoke, easy to clean and light in weight to hold, whether in the mouth or hand. Once a bowl is broken in, a good smoke is guaranteed. I can recommend the Hunter bowl range as well. The higher quality briar and pleasant ochre colouring go well in each of my pipes.
    Yes, these pipes might have connotations of certain smoker types, but in my opinion, they hold their own with any other pipe I'd care to mention. I have around twenty three pipes now; my three Falcons have a cherished place in that collection. In fact, as I came across this article,I was smoking some St. Bruno in my curved Falcon at the time and enjoying every moment of it!
    George

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  26. owen

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    @Geo3ge I totally agree with the comments and am very happy to be associated with all the old geezers puffing away in a world of their own. I do need some bigger bowls for mine though.

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