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How Do You Clench?

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  1. shanez

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    I'm not a clencher but I have a pipe with an acrylic stem I use when working in the yard. I put a rubber bit on it but I'm thinking of changing that to the infamous bondage tape.

    Before I do anything, however, I gotta ask, how do you guys clench without drooling problems. I drool worse than my 3 month old daughter when I clench. Is there a trick to this or is the drool something that lessens naturally with practice? Or am I doing something wrong?

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  2. jpmcwjr

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    How Do You Clench?

    Gently.

    I found softie bits were apt to promote drooling- at least the accumulation of saliva in the mouth. One of many reasons I don't like them.

    I don't know how I do it, but I just don't drool when smoking, clenching or not. Sorry, I can't attribute that to anything conscious.

    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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  3. weezell

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    How Do You Clench?

    With my teeth...

    "the weez"...
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  4. hoosierpipeguy

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    Drooling while clenching has never been an issue so I don't know how to answer your question. I guess you should just try it for awhile to perfect your method.

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    Normally when I try not to fa*t in polite company!

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  6. acidpox

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    I clench alot and have recently just starting using softee bits and I love em, drooling has never been a problem for me.

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  7. chasingembers

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    I place the softy bit just in front of the button and just hang the pipe on my lower teeth and balance with my uppers. More of a dangle than a clench and never has drooling issues.

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  8. warren

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    The bit rests between my rear molars with the jaw at rest. No pressure exerted unless I'm doing something strenuous, chain sawing or the like. The pipe faces forward on the teeth a bit to the side of my front teeth.

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    Like a pissed off beaver

    Why I can't do vulcanite....

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    Like a pissed off beaver

    Which one?

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  11. mortonbriar

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    I find I only drool when bending over for a long time. (Yes, I also drool when she bends over)
    The clench is not really a clench though, like someone already said its just balancing really

    I don't really care if the cup is half full or half empty, I just want something to sip on.
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  12. workman

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    I used to have drooling issues when clenching. After a while it got better. Guess my mouth got used to it.

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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    I found softie bits were apt to promote drooling- at least the accumulation of saliva in the mouth. One of many reasons I don't like them

    I found the same thing as jpmcwjr. I figured out it's the extra thickness of the bit, that for me, causes me to drool rather than the rubber.

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  14. 5star

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    I very rarely clench. I do find that not completely sealing my lips around the pipe stem reduces drooling issues. An exaggeration of this is if you held the stem entirely by your teeth and then did a big Joker's smile while drawing smoke from your pipe. Enough additional air rushes directly into your mouth to dry out any potential drool.

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  15. cigrmaster

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    To be able to comfortably clench a pipe, you need a well made stem. Rounder stems are crap for clenching, thin and flat is what I look for. The drooling might be an issue of trying to work too hard to clench the pipe.

    Harris
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  16. paulie66scandinavian

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    , as JpmcwJr said I have had just very similar problems with them bites as he described above

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    I used to have drooling problems as well while clenching, but when I quit drawing in through my mouth that problem went away.

    The only time I intentionally draw in through the mouth is when I'm first lighting up or occasionally if it's going out and/or tamping. The rest of the time I just breath through my nose and that normally creates just enough draw into the mouth to facilitate clenching.

    As for the rubber tips, I can't tolerate them...but the dry vinyl tape Craig recommended works splendidly.

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    +1 to what Embers said.

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    (Not Embers)
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    I don't.......

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    Anytime you put anything in your mouth it signals the body to start the digestive process. I’m a full time clencher and whenever I think I am building an excess of saliva I take it out of my mouth for a while.

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    Shanez, you are showing your age! I was going to use the word angry, but that cartoon was the first thing that came to mind. Lol

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    I clench, but it's mostly in and out. Half and half. If I leave it in for more than a few minutes, too much drool. The softee bits don't make me drool more, but it definitely makes me lose the drool down the bit.

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    I drool a lot, so much that I have to dissasemble the pipe mid smoke and blow out excess saliva from the stem, usually twice per smoke, or else it gurgles in there.

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    With the left side of my mouth,but not constantly.Preferably using a fishtail stem.

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    If i can't clench a pipe comfortably then I'm not interested in it. If I'm smoking I'm clenching the pipe

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    I used to have some moisture problems early on, but that's because I clenched the bit in my molars. Today, I'm of the same school as Embers in that I hang the pipe in the front of my mouth, just using my upper front teeth to keep the pipe from slipping.

    Russ

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    I'll clench a jaw-hanger (just an Oom Paul or FULL-by-Gawd bent type) with solid lucite for the button, or else a really light straight like my Brebbia Lido Dublin with a slender bit. [Acrylic teeth, dontchaknow. Screw drooly. :)]

    Anything else? Holmesian or philosophic poses, firmly in left hand....

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    Left side of mouth with front teeth, actually I don't even bite down just put the lip of the pipe behind the front teeth and keep mouth closed and pipe just hangs in place.

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    I bite the flat part of a saddle stem and use the button as a hook behind the teeth. That's why I don't clench tapered stems as they don't feel comfortable to my style of clenching.

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    The Old Cajun
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    ^^^^That...pipe...is...epic!!!

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    With most of my pipes I can hook my teeth onto part of the stem and dangle it, so I tend not to clench very much at all

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    I changed my yard work pipe from my Comoys with the rubber bit to a meer with acrylic stem and no bit. It helped reduce the drooling quite a bit.

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    With magnificence.

    Cheers,
    Chris

    Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” One of the reasons behind this statement is that pipe smoking is meant to be a slow leisurely activity. It takes patience to smoke a pipe. Unlike cigarettes and cigars, there is a certain amount of technique to smoking a pipe. Where cigars and cigarettes can just be picked up, lit and puffed on, pipes require the development of a technique in order to get the best smoking experience.
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