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  1. npod

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    I was asked to post a picture tutorial of my Parafilm stem softy bit system. When guys see this in person it always grabs attention. I use this method exclusively now instead of Softy bits or shrink wrap from the hardware store. There is ZERO bulk on the stem and this allows a natural stem feel in the mouth and on the teeth. It's perfect for vulcanite/ebonite stems and reduces teeth chatter to almost nonexistent. I use it on acrylic stems also because it reduces the hard clanging on my teeth and minimizes clenching pain with those hard stems.

    You need Parafilm to do this. Luckily, I have access to this everyday in the lab. You can buy it on Amazon or any internet retail store. It lasts forever and a role would be enough for a lifetime of smoking. I remove the wrap after every smoke and apply chapstick or minimal wax/oil to the stem while it is resting and waiting for a proper cleaning.

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    All of these crazy solutions to a non problem. I'll never understand why people don't just use their stems as intended. Ha. I'm glad this works for you, and I hope someone is seeking such a solution so that you help them out.

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    All of these crazy solutions to a non problem

    I actually completely agree. I generally just smoke without worry. And I can't stand the the feel of anything other than a natural stem. But sometimes I use the system above as noted, and it is a great solution for people who do want to protect stems. It is the most natural feeling solution I have found.

    I started using Parafilm on my big, huge, Italian acrylic stems because it makes the stem feel better on my teeth.

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    Novel idea, but man, that's ugly.

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    that's ugly.

    Yep. Butt ugly.

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    Here's something a bit more attractive:

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    Kinda like a condom.

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    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    Nice use of a zip lock baggie

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    Nice illustrations for a problem that doesn't exist for me. In some areas, I have a real sense of aesthetics; in others, none. I don't like anything that changes the clean lines of my pipes.

    It's perfect for vulcanite/ebonite stems and reduces teeth chatter to almost nonexistent. I use it on acrylic stems also because it reduces the hard clanging on my teeth and minimizes clenching pain with those hard stems.

    If one has clenching pain it's likely biting down/holding/clenching with force, or a tooth/gum problem that should be looked at.

    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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    But. Why.

    Parafilm is actually a really fabulous thing with some really practical applications. This I don't find to be one of them.

    "We have an unspoken, mutual understanding to ignore the things we hate about each other so we can continue to enjoy the things we love about each other."
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    Well this post seems to have been a flop. And again, I agree with the comments above, and I actually don't like stem covers. But I see them on pipes all the time in pipe club and on internet pictures, so people do use them.

    Sometimes these odd techniques and tips and tricks do help some solve a problem.

    Maybe you should use them on your dedicated pipes for grape tobacco.

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    Not all posts can be winners. At least you shared something. Sorry to make fun of it. Lol.

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    Thank you for bringing this up to our knowledge ,this trick might be useful to a try while driving, can't stand those softy bite nor do I like silicone adhesive tapes ecetera,and the heat shrink tube seems to be way too problematic to remove it,

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    I was going to let this post die a quick death. But then I was at the mall today and found something at Spencer Gifts. May I present ... bondage tape by Kinklab. Stretchy and sticks without residue. Perfect for the bedroom and your pipe stems. It is actually very effective, for pipes of course.

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    I almost spit my pipe out laughing at that last picture! I'm glad I made it through the entire read, haha, too funny!

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    Parafilm? Hmmm, like we didn't have enough paraphernalia to carry with us.

    That last picture saved this thread

    Javan
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    Something about that pipe rests fits as well

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    :rofl: Now that is the way to rejuvenate a thread!!! Am I to assume you will be the one being tied up and handcuffed and the tape is to keep you from biting through the stem of your pipe haha!

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    That rope is really not what you want.. If you'd like some recommendations, let.....

    Uh, never mind.

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    Smokin' ropes this is a great thread.

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    Well that should work better... Haha.

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    Looks like great stuff! A roll of 65", 2" wide, ten bucks! Many uses! Here's one way to use it, though some lawyer in Ca has sued to stop its distribution claiming it has carcinogens.

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    That bondage tape is like the corn cob pipe of bondage tapes. If you guys want some links to the artisan stuff, PM me.

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    Now you're going to get all the cob smokers on your ass!

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    Now I know to much about Pipesmokingtom and I wonder what his username is referring to.

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    Now I know to much about Pipesmokingtom and I wonder what his username is referring to.

    Sorry to have made you blush.

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    Man, sitting here I've just been thinking about putting a Castello in bondage.....

    The pipe smoker formerly know as agnostic pipe
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    ^^^^ Bouncing back to this thread from Neal's ref to it last night, the biggest laugh (of several, mind you) was what Orley said! Well, that & woods's baggie. Dan, you really might want to give some thought to that as your next avatar! }:)

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    I now use the bondage tape frequently. I pre-cut pieces in small strips. Easy to just wrap a single layer on the stem. This method does not interfere with the feel of the native stem and simply provides a barrier for teeth chatter and it also helps to grip when clenching. There is no plastic taste to the tape. It's good stuff, seriously.

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    no plastic taste to the tape. It's good stuff

    Neal, you do worry me some days, you know that, right?

    Posted 8 months ago #
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    Do your pipes have a Safe Word?

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    "McClelland"? }:)

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    "McClelland"? }:)

    HOW did you know my safe word?

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    I has the magic.

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    @npod

    "Well this post seems to have been a flop."

    Actually, this is one of the best (i.e., funniest) threads I've read here. Especially liked Cortez's comment.

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    I think these are great ideas, especially the bondage tape. I hate the feel of those softie bits, yuchh. But I also have a tendency to clinch a bit too hard at time and chew up my stems. I'm just concerned about ordering the tape. If my wife opens the package before I get to it, she might call the police before checking with me.

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    Quick question. I checked out the tape on Amazon. Do you use the Male or Female version? I can't believe I just asked that. LMAO

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    Here's the perfect brand for those of you with white-stemmed pipes (and Rick Newcombe):
    Pipedream Fetish Fantasy Pleasure Tape

    Posted 8 months ago #
  39. npod

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    Do you use the Male or Female version?

    I honestly don't know. I got my role at Spencers Gifts in the local mall. I sincerely love the stuff and wrap a small piece around my stems often, especially my higher grade Danish pipes with Ebonite stems. One small layer is all you need and your teeth grip it well, no taste, and no tooth marks on the stems.

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    Oh, and I also like to use the tape on my big Castello stems with the huge buttons. That Lucite hurts my teeth, especially on some of the oversized stuff they do.

    Posted 8 months ago #
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    Oh! Pipedreams tape is available in black, too. Too bad that reviewers say it is stinky. Looks like a trip to Spencer Gifts is in order. I haven't been in one since probably 1978.

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    Depending on the stem shape some pipes I use nothing, others softy bits but on my wider stems I like the vinyl tubing best. These feel much better on the teeth. I prefer using something soft on the pipes that I tend to clench because the stem does hurt my teeth. The vinyl tubing in my opinion feels much better and more natural than the softy bits.

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    Surprise surprise, Bill was the one that brought this back from the dead.

    It is as funny now as it was then!

    Posted 8 months ago #
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    If you wrap two pipes is that a three-some?

    “I've been treating you with courtesy and respect because that's the way I choose to treat everyone. But never, ever mistake kindness with weakness.”
    ― Louise Penny, Still Life
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    Craig, I looked at that & cracked up totally when I saw this: "Visually stunning
    35' Long.^Non-Sticky.^Perfect for Beginners"

    Say whut?????

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    I bought some KinkLabs bondage tape online, and I'm not sure the stress of intercepting all packages before my wife and kids was worth the stress. Yikes! Successful, though.

    So are you guys putting new tape on every time? If not, how often?

    The clenching is pretty awesome, but the tendency to unwrap is pretty annoying. What am I missing?

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    I'm not sure the stress of intercepting all packages before my wife and kids was worth the stress. Yikes!

    I hear ya! I decided to tell me wife what I was up to, just in case she stumbled on an order or search history. I ended up at Lover's Lane and found some. I like it a lot, but in my discussions with Npod last week, he's having no problems with his tape unraveling like the stuff I got at Lover's Lane.

    I just acquired a beautiful Danish apple with a musk ox horn stem. The black tape looks crappy on the cream-colored stem. I might buy the white version too.

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    I wrapped mine 3-4 times, and it just keeps unraveling. Maybe a single wrap holds better. I'll report back if I figure it out.

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    I bought some KinkLabs bondage tape online, and I'm not sure the stress of intercepting all packages before my wife and kids was worth the stress. Yikes! Successful, though.

    Maybe you missed an opportunity? If she puts that much fear into you, perhaps you would both enjoy her being tied up for a bit... you know, to switch it around a bit. Yowzah!

    There's still a chance she'll find it in your sock drawer. Don't flinch. Be cool. Weird and interesting things might follow.

    Good luck!

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    I never reuse the tape. Single use only. A roll lasts forever.

    I wrap it about 3 times around the stem.

    Until recently, I didn’t have problems with tape unraveling. But since Craig and I spoke last week I have had the tape unravel twice. Go figure. I blame you, Craig.

    Also, I recently had an episode where the stem on a Tonni Nielsen pipe turned very green with fresh oxidation immediately after smoking when I removed the tape. That was very frustrating. I had to work quickly and rather thoroughly to remove the wet oxidation. The stem is fine now, but that scary.

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    I bet that oxidation would have happened even without the tape, Neal. Sorry to jinx you! I’m experimenting with a technique to reduce unraveling. It seemed to work today. If it continues to produce positive results, I’ll be sure to share my method.

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    Here are two photos of a stem wrapped in bondage tape after a smoke and one of the stem after unwrapping the tape. It offers the perfect amount of protection for my clenching style.

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    The key to getting bondage tape to not unravel is to stretch it as you apply it. That bit of opening the tape up through stretching is what gives a firm grip. Or so I have heard.

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    Finally I got me some Parafilm wraps from UK and my initial experiments showed pretty satisfactory results, no more those bulky softy bites here.

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    Probably no Parafilm for me. I don't like softie bits either.

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    Ugh.

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    I've been using the KinkLab bondage tape which Npod recommended for about 2 or 3 months and like it quite a bit, but I have encountered two problems. First, it's the same width as duct tape, so it must be cut lengthwise to size. Second, and more importantly, I've yet to get the knack of how to consistently wrap it without it unraveling. Sometimes it sticks really well and can even survive multiple smokes. Other times, it just won't stay stuck.

    I've been looking primarily for the same kind of tape in a .75"-1.0" width, which would be more convenient. I found this one on Amazon which is 1". Like the bondage tape, it adheres solely with static cling, like plastic wrap. It mostly solves both of the problems I mentioned as it's 1" wide and sticks more stubbornly than the KinkLab bondage tape. It has the further advantage of being significantly less embarrassing to purchase since it's sold as a Dry Vinyl Hard Chrome Plating Tape. It is certified as free of lead and several other contaminants. It has no flavor nor smell that I detect. It's also cheaper to try at less than $4, shipped, for Prime members. Finally, it's thinner and has greater flexibility than the bondage tape, so it conforms better on fishtail stems.

    The one downside to this tape relative to the bondage tape is that lacks the deep, glossy black finish of the KinkLabs tape, so on black acrylic and non-oxidized vulcanite stems, it will be more obvious than the bondage tape.

    I have found it best to not stretch the last bit too much. Just a little seems to adhere better that way.

    Here's a link: TapeCase TC790 Dry Vinyl Tape - 1 in. x 100 ft. Black Chrome Plating Tape Roll with High Conformability.

    Here are some photos to compare the appearance on a very shiny black Dunhill stem.

    KinkLab bondage tape. Almost invisible:

    TapeCase Dry Vinyl Tape. More grayish and duller. Fairly obvious.

    Finally, side-by-side. KinkLab bondage tape nearest the button.

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  58. npod

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    Craig and I have been discussing this offline for while. I agree with his conclusion above. For me, this stuff just never unravels, it stays in place for sure.

    I actually prefer the TapeCase Dry Vinyl tape myself. It is solid and doesn't slip. I don't care about aesthetics when smoking alone. The goal is to protect the stems and also to provide a mild grip surface for the teeth.

    I particularly like the TapeCase when driving with a pipe. It helps greatly when clenching in traffic and makes the experience more comfortable.

    Example of TapeCase in the car

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    It has the further advantage of being significantly less embarrassing to purchase since it's sold as a Dry Vinyl Hard Chrome Plating Tape.

    Amusingly, the second customer review on that page (currently) from 2016, states that they use it as bondage tape. 11 people found the comment helpful. LOL

    “Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” – George Carlin
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    Is it thick enough to provide protection from tooth chatter? For those who clench in the original sense of the word, not you careful guys.

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    Is it thick enough to provide protection from tooth chatter? For those who clench in the original sense of the word, not you careful guys.

    Yes, I believe so. That is why I posted the images of my pipe while driving. I clench pretty hard in the car, you can see the tooth marks on the tape. I have not appreciated any chatter on my stems since using this technique (either brand of tape, or even with original Parafilm, which I still use sometimes).

    Posted 5 months ago #
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    Thanks for this piece of information, with the shipping to Europe one roll of this Tape Case Dry Vinyl,will be total of $ 17

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    It will last you a couple of years.

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    Npod@ I'm to try it once my next paycheck is due.

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    Why not use black electical tape?

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    Why not use black electical tape?

    It leaves a lot of skin residue.

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    In for the win!

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    I am in need to protect these, it seems like these ashtonite stems(the term used by Ashton pipe manufacturers)are very prone to take tooth chatter marks

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    Neal is that first pipe in the thread a Former? It's absolutely gorgeous!

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    [quote]Neal is that first pipe in the thread a Former? It's absolutely gorgeous![quote]
    It is a Michail Kyriazanos pipe. He does fantastic work. I have Formers in my collection, but the pipe at top is from Greece.

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