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MM The General Review

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  1. nitemair13

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    I got this pipe in the MM grab bag of seconds and just got the chance to smoke it. It smokes great, a bit on the heavy side so you can't clinch it in your teeth and hold it that way, which I don't mind because I like to hold my pipes. The only downside to this pipe is, it has a deep but narrow bowl that is hard to light after the tobacco gets down a bit. Then it's a pain to clean the ash out. My pipe tool didn't reach the bottom of it and naturally there is a bit stuck at the bottom. Good thing I had my pocket knife to carefully loosen that stuck bit and empty it out.

    It's enjoyable to smoke, you feel like a 5 star general about to lead troops into Normandy when using this thing but this is the first time I've had trouble cleaning one out. So if you're gonna smoke one of these, have an extra long pipe tool or some stiff pipe cleaners (I only have the fuzzy soft ones right now).

    “A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise; and the man who smokes, thinks like a philosopher and acts like a Samaritan.”
    -Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
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    Great review! I have an unfinished one, and it's quite a bit lighter than the finished version.

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    Do you think a pipe nail would be longer than the tool? Most of the tools I have seen were shorter than the pipe nails that I carry. Great review! I'm still planning to get more of these in the future, probably pick up the bag of seconds myself one day.

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

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    I use a pipe nail on mine. It's a little bit of a stretch, but doable.

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    Here ya go.

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    One word:

    Pencil.

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    Or butter knife.

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    Yeah, that'd work too. Makes other half unhappy, tho.

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    Sounds like a great pipe for Virginia Flakes.

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    Sounds like a great pipe for Virginia Flakes.

    Absolutely.

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    Sounds like a great pipe for Virginia Flakes.

    I load mine with Luxury Navy Flake; makes for an awesome long easy tasty smoke!

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    Metalheadycigarguy gave me one of those from a grab bag he got a few years ago. That damn thing is still one of my favorite pipes.

    Congrats. May if offer you the years of good smokes mine has given me.

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    The nail would probably work better, I like the pencil idea myself.

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    Whatever works!

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    You *could* use a long-handled screwdriver, but I ain't taking no 'sponsibility if you poke a hole in the bottom of the thing.

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    If the knife didn't damage it I doubt the screwdriver would. But now if the pencil breaks and I end up smoking pencil led and get led poisoning I'm holding you responsible lol

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    I think he's got you there...

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    You can always knock the pipe on the palm of your hand.

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    Duane, that butter knife is looking better all the time...

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    An appropriately slender long slot screwdriver might serve the purpose. You need that little widening on the end as a scoop. I have a MM freehand, which is especially nice for its vulcanite stem; it's natural and pleasantly bristly in the hand. I think the Czech tool scoop and handle also reach to the bottom. These are tall and deep and perfect if you enjoy some of the dry burley single leaf, like Five Brothers or Tabac-Manil Semois. The tall bowl keeps it from burning too fast and prolongs the smoke with its depth.

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    Golf tees, natural finish, 3"-3.25" length.

    Readily available tamper + pick, & you don't have to get all fiddly with Czech tools, pipe nails, butter knives, screwdrivers, pencils, etc.

    Easily reaches the depth of MM Generals.

    They are one of the cheapest pipe tools, & like the MM Cobs, there will be no weeping, & gnashing of teeth if you lose or break one.

    "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
    Specialization is for insects!" - Robert Heinlein
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    Well here's mine. Picked up on a local South African auction site. I've no idea how it reached these shores, but was unsmoked when I bought it. It has a black plastic stem with MM logo(?), hardwood bottom and yellow metal band. It also appears to have what I believe to be a real cob shank, judging by the texture and is lacquered.

    I've not seen another like it in all my browsing on the web, so any further information which could be provided by the cob aficionados would be most welcome.

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  25. nitemair13

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    I believe that is an old MM pipe. I know I read that they've used stickers on the bottom of their pipes since the 1970s so to have one where it's engraved on the bottom would make me believe it's far older.

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