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  1. sothron

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    With all the cob threads lately, I thought I would bring up Dr Grabow. Any Grabow fans out there?

    I find mine excellent smokers, with wide open draws, consistent engineering, and a solid value. Far superior to any other pipe I have smoked in this price range ($30-$35). And frankly, the equal or better of several pipes in the $80-$100 range I have smoked.

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    Yep love mine 48 and counting with several more on the way as we speak.

    You may call me "HerrDoctor"
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    I have two, and while I am glad to have bought them, I can't say they have really captured my heart.

    I have a Grand Duke Apple and a Viscount - both straight estate pipes.

    I think I would like to try an Omega but there is more demand for them on the Bay because of the military mount and the Petersonesque appearance...

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    True I am a big fan of MM Cobs but if I want a briar smoke it a Grabow

    Kent

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    100+ not a bad smoker in my collection,of course other's will bitch and say there junk and you can do better.If it wasn't for Grabow and Medico and others, millions of men may never have taken up pipesmoking, Grabow makes a good pipe for the money and still keeps people working in the USA.

    I will give up my pipe when they pry my cold dead fingers off of it!
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    I have a couple of Grabows that are really good pipes considering how much I paid for them and one that is complete crap.

    The crappy one had a loose stem from the get go and the draft hole was so badly drilled that its almost on the side of the bowl (If look straight down into the bowl with the stem at the 12 o'clock position the draft hole is at 11 o'clock). Also, if you look down the shank where the draft hole should be, its solid wood, just to give you an idea of how badly it was drilled.

    How that pipe ever passed the QA inspector (or the even the guy who drilled it) is beyond me. I kept it as an oddity.

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    I have three Grabows, have had them since new, and all are more than 30 years old. I still reach for them on occasion.

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    I have a few old ones and they are ok for the money.

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    I like my free hand grabows, lots if fills but good smokers. Use either these or cobs in the car.
    cheers

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    Yeah,I kinda like them. Here's about half of my Grabows.

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    Awesome! Are those 1980 Olympic pipes??

    Matt.
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    Yep! Four of which have never been fired.

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    Ejames, that is a super cool collection you have there Sir!

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    I love my Royal Duke. I have a Grand Duke which is OK, but the chamber is a bit large for my tastes. OK if I want to watch a long movie or read for a good long while with something fairly one-dimensional in it. I want to get another Royal Duke, but my local B&M is out and I want to see my pipe before I buy it because of mis-driled holes and such.

    I got a Bjarne Viking (basically the low-end/ basket line) a few years ago, and my Grabows put it to shame. I have been toying with the idea of opening the draw a bit on it, though so it may be salvageable.

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    Very cool, is it glass enclosed? Keeping it clean from dust would be major undertaking

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    Haven't gotten to my Grabows yet but I am looking forward to them.

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    Very cool, is it glass enclosed? Keeping it clean from dust would be major undertaking [;)]

    No it is not enclosed. This display is one you might have seen in a store 30 years ago. They were made by a division of Sparta Pipes( DR. G.) called Spartacraft,in the same factory where the pipes are made. I run a "Swiffer" over it now and then.

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    That's awesome Ed!

    Personally I have had only 2 new Grabows. The first pipe I ever bought and I hated it: smoked wet and hot and I have it away. The second is a small rusticated bent something that starts with "V" I just got from my daughter for my birthday. Totally not my style of pipe but it smokes great and I love it. Being a precious gift might make it a little better than it is but it's drilled well and no gurgling if the such, and not even really broken it yet!

    Greg
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    Have a grand duke carved, small bowl and great for a quick smoke in this ridiculous weather!

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    I have two savoys the larger of them is a great smoker, one of my first pipes and still a cherished regular in my rotation.
    The smaller I have decided is going to be an Experimental Pipe. The draft holes a little off, hard to pass a cleaner due to the thin airway. Eventually I'll be motivated to either widen it up and try to expand the draft hole down and right to get it in the right place or drill holes in her till she isn't good for anything but campfire fuel

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    I've been toying with the idea of getting a grabow. This thread may have convinced me to get one.

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    This thread inspired me to load up my Grabow for the morning smoke. Satisfaction!

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    I have one. It's not a bad pipe. I'm not terribly fond of it though. I'm not a fan of filter pipes. It smokes pretty wet. I use it for when I go golfing, as a knock-around pipe.

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    I only have one Grabow, it's a Textured Royal Duke. It's always been a good smoker.

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    I smoke mine without filters. Anyone else do this?

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    I smoke mine without filters. Anyone else do this?

    Always. I stopped using the filters ages ago.

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    I only have 1 blue viscount ajustomatic with the stinger still intact. It's a decent smoker with an open draw.

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    I have 5 Grabows in my regular rotation all great smokers. The do as well as my mid grade pipes so I'm very happy with them.

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    For the money, its pretty hard to go wrong. I have two and really like them, both Omegas, they make awesome dedicated VA smokers. Theyre pipes that I wouldnt hesitate taking with me on a trip because if they get lost or I drop one, Im not out a huge amount of money and its really no big deal. Are they top grade? Not a chance. Are they reliable and trusty and good value if you dont care a whole lot about appearances? Absolutely.

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    I love mine, both estate and new! No issues that couldn't be resolved or that I haven't seen or heard about occuring on more expensive pipes as well. Including the Grabow "cousins," I've got near 30 of them. Recently acquired several DG freehands. Very nice!

    For whereas men of an older school, like myself, smoke for the pleasure of smoking...
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    My Grabow Freehand smokes flakes better than the rest of my rotation. To my palate, anyhow. Draw is a touch tight, but I find that it actually ends up being helpful in this case. I MAY be a little attached to it though... It was my first pipe love. Virgin obsession, perhaps.

    You know, turned into virgin(ia). Tasty!

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    Ejames should be COO of Grabow.

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    I checked and my pipe is a Lark; I was thinking It was a Viscount but it isn't. I did have an estate Omega I restored but my son "aquired" it before I even got to try it; he loves it though.

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    sothron, I never use a filter in my Grabow or any other pipe for that matter.

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    Did drug store pipes when I started. That was enough.

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    Just got my first Grabow in the mail today, Royal Duke smooth.Being my first new pipe I was wondering how it would perform.Smoked the first half of a bowl and it didn't have any problems. Perfect size for the smoke before work.

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    I have two Larks a straight smooth and a bent rusticated. I tend to smoke VA and VAPer blends out of them. I also have an Omega, which is a Lakeland pipe. They all smoke just fine. The finish on the Omega bubbled at one point. I ended up sanding down the pipe. It's still stained a brownish red, but the gloss coating is all gone. I actually like the way it looks more this way.

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    I don't have one, but I plan on adding an older on to my collection at some point.

    As long as I got a pipe full of baccy and a nose full of snuff, I'm a happy camper
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