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I am Officially In PAD Madness- A Brand New Willmer

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  1. cigrmaster

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    Besides being in the throes of Barling madness, I had to go and buy a Willmer AAA Straight Grain. Out of every pipe in my collection, there is not a better piece of wood than my other AAA Willmer. I can smoke it like madman and it does not get too hot. Anything I put into it smokes great. It is a nice group 5-6 and I will dedicate it to aromatics. I bought this one from Smokingpipes.com and it was a great deal. I once had 2 Willmers but sold my other one to Roth. He wanted one and at the time it was too large for my flakes, again the wood was amazing.


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    Enjoy !

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    Ha! That's some amazing shaping, the diamond shank with flat top and wide-fanned Dublin bowl, really original. Really eye-catching.

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    Great addition... I saw it on Smokingpipes yesterday and almost pulled the trigger myself. Oh well,I can now add it to that list of pipes I wish I hadn't hesitated on.

    I bet it will smoke like a dream.

    As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.
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    Harris, nice when a pipe looks that great and smokes even better!!!GOOD score Bro...

    "the weez"...
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    Thanks for the nice comments guys. I smoked it for the first time yesterday and it smoked even better than the Willmer I have. The stem was open more and that allowed for better air flow. The wood is incredible like my other. The AAA Straight Grains have some of the best wood I have ever owned. I suggest to anyone looking for a really great pipe for not so much money, give the Willmer a try.

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    That looks like a good choice, and right up your alley style-wise.

    Al

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    Thanks Al, it really does fit me. I am smoking it again today with some Esoterica Blackpool. It has a nice conical bowl that is wide enough for the aromatics to open up. I keep looking for more of these to buy but prices are stupid. There is a guy on Ebay named Ben who has probably 5 or so AAA's and he wants stupid money for for them. I have seen them on the site for over 2 years.

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    I only ever owned one Willmer Pipe and sadly I lost it long ago when my then girlfriend trashed my possessions when we split.
    I miss that pipe.

    Out of every pipe in my collection, there is not a better piece of wood than my other AAA Willmer.

    Sooo am I to understand you are placing Willmer above your Rad Davis pipes?

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    For folks in the know, AAA pipes are the top of the Wilmer heap, sort of like an G or E grade Upshall.

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    For folks in the know, AAA pipes are the top of the Wilmer heap
    I don't know a lot about this maker, but isn't the AAAA the top grade? I have one, but I'm not at home now.

    "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream..."
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    Super pipe. I live the shank and stem and that grain is to die for.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    AAA was the very top grade for many years. Towards the end, Willmer went through grading inflation. I've seen AAAA's and once a "Presentation" AAAA (which wasn't noticeably better than my older AAA).

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    Good info Doc, I wasn't aware of those updates.

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    keith,

    Sooo am I to understand you are placing Willmer above your Rad Davis pipes?

    Not the pipe itself, but the wood that is used is as good as anything I have ever owned. Rad's stems are better and make the smoking experience better for me but not by that much. Most Willmers are on the larger size group 5 and above. I have now begun to cellar and smoke some aromatics and other cuts besides flakes so I need pipes that will make these types of blends smoke better. The 2 Willmers I have are both a group 6 and really smoke these aromatics extremely well.

    The AAAA was used towards the last few years of their production and there were not very many made. I think in the years I have been looking at them, I might have seen 2 or 3 AAAA's.

    Yesterday I cut a deal for 13 Willmers, 8 AAA's, 4 AA's and one other. The seller from ebay is a guy named Ben and I have been watching his Willmers for over a year. Not once have I ever seen him list a AAAA and he would have been the guy to have one since he had so many in his inventory. He made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

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    Here's mine. Bought it a few years ago in Nashville.

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    beef, that is a beauty, great grain and I love the shape. Mine barely get warm while smoking, how about yours? Do you have any idea how to date these things?

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    Congradulations, cigr !

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    Harris-
    Thanks! It's a great smoker. You are right about them barely getting warm- mine is the same. I can't help much on dating these pipes. From what I'm hearing, mine is a later one, towards the end of their run. Looking forward to seeing the pipes you're getting from Ben....... 13 at once?!?!................Yea Brother, you got PAD BAD!!!......

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    Those are really nice and the testimonial on the smoking qualities from you two is enough for me!

    I've been eyeing this one but couldn't decide whether to grab it ... is $140ish a good price?

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    I have never bought that many pipes at once but I couldn't help myself when he offered. I had inquired about one and ended up with 13, still have no idea how that happened. lol

    I am surprised there is so little info out there on a company that had been in business for over 60 years.

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    cob, what grade is the pipe? It sure looks nice.

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    Cob- That's a beauty! I'm not sure if its priced right or not. It seems they are all over the place (price-wise) on e-bay. I paid $75 for mine, but it was at an antique/junk store. I got lucky. They are great smokers though, and most are a bit Charatan-esque in their shaping. The grain on the one in your pic looks stunning........

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    It says on the site that it is an "Extra Grain AR" ... it's been tugging at me for about 2 weeks.

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    I think Willmer pipes are the best value on the English estate market. They are very Charatan-esque with regard to shaping, with better briar IMHO. My Willmer is a tank, and it is the best chunk of briar, grain wise, I have ever owned. I'm a standard shape kind of guy, so I've resold 4 of the 5 that have come through my hands in the last 2 years, but not because of the briar or smoking qualities. They are just excellent pipes.

    The Extra Grain was a step below the Straight Grain stamping, but still a very nice pipe. I think the price on that one is a little optimistic. I purchased the one I kept for ~150 from Nathan Mattia about 2 years ago, an AAA example Straight Grain. For ~140 I would keep looking for a Straight Grain (plus, from the picture, it looks like the bit is a little chewed up?).

    Doc

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    That's a beauty Doc! Thanks for the added info and I agree that the price is "optimistic". (great way to say it!)

    Harris is getting something like 75 of these so maybe I'll just buy one from him.

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