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Stanwell...Good or Not so Much ?

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  1. aro222

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    Hey guys, most of my pipes are Italian ( Savinelli and Castello) however I’ve recently come across this Stanwell which is scratching me where I itch. Just was wondering if I could get some info on these. Are they good smokers ? Would you recommend them ? This particular one is made in Denmark and has a 9 mm filter. Cost is comparable to a lower end sav.
    Any info would be great. Thanks

    Keep calm...smoke a pipe.
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  2. mso489

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    I own one of those, Italian made, brushed finish, original design by Sixten Iversson. I find it a good serviceable pipe. You can get the brushed finish version from PC for about $50, sometimes less on sale. A snazzier finish will cost more, but not a great deal more. If you like the look, I think you'd be satisfied. I buy them as non-filter pipes, but choose what you like best.

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    I have never heard anyone say that they have had a problem with a Stanwell, new or old designs. Get it, and let us know what you think. I hope it turns out to be a great burner for you. I love all of my Stanwells, but I don't have any of the Italian ones yet.

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    I have several Stanwell new and old designs - they have all smoked without issues and my Golden Danish (45) has earned a "top spot" in my rotation

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    The description from smokingpipes says it takes a 9mm filter
    Do I have to use the filter or can I smoke it without, like my sav’s ?

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    I also have several Stanwells and enjoy them. I tried them with and without the filter and prefer no filter.

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    They are every bit as good as Savinelli’s if not better in my opinion. I like to smoke them without filters and no adapters, you just need to clean out the filter chamber with a q-tip from time to time. I own a lot of the modern day Stanwell’s and I have yet to find a bad smoker.

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    That’s good info guys. I appreciate the feedback
    I think I’ll pull the trigger on that one.
    Now the next question...which blend to break her in ?

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    Do I have to use the filter or can I smoke it without, like my sav’s ?

    You don't have to use the filter. Though balsa filters would serve you well. You can use an adapter if you want to smoke filter-less; that's how I smoke my Vauen, which is 9mm too.

    You could smoke it without filter or adapter, for a 'reverse calabash' effect. The one time I tried this I suffered horrible tongue bite, right from the charring light. So pace yourself.

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    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    Here's an adapter: Cheap 9mm adapter

    I have this one: Vauen 9mm adapter

    I prefer the Vauen: it is very well made, with a rubber ring that firmly but gently secures it to the tenon, and it's sized properly. The cheap one looks, well, cheap.

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    All my Stanwells are outstanding smokers and I find myself reaching for them over my Savinellis lately. And I do frequently use the 9mm filters as I smoke up to a dozen bowls a day. Really helps with preventing a sore tongue, especially since I tend to overpuff sometimes.

    That's a great looking pipe. Now you have me looking!

    "May my last breath be drawn through a pipe, and exhaled in a jest." Charles Lamb
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    @ olkofri
    Will that Vauen adapter work with any Stanwell 9mm ?
    If so I think I might grab that

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    @panhandler
    I think you need to treat yourself to a brand new Stanwell brother...lol

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    The Stanwell 95 is a great shape in the hand; both Danish and Italian versions are good pipes. (The 95s in my collection make terrific drinking pipes!)

    If you like an open draw, just throw away the filter and smoke as is.

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    Drinking pipes! That's new. So, what do you drink from it? Is it dedicated to just one beverage or do you mix it up a little?
    To the OP: I have several Stanwells and they are good smokers, all of them.

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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    Beautiful pipe! Most of my pipes are Savinellis too and I love pipes with thick walls.

    I'd say go for it!

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    aro222, the Vauen adaptor is the same length as a Dr Perl Jr filter. If the Stanwell takes those filters without a problem, then the adapter will work. Since those filters are standard in Europe, I'd say you'd have no problems.

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    Every Stanwell I've owned has been a good, solid smoker, and I like many of their shapes. Haven't noticed a difference at all between the Danish and Italian ones. Never had one with a filter, though.

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    I have over a dozen Stanwells, including that exact pipe, and all are excellent smokers! Unbeatable, especially with their price points. Highly recommended.

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    I have two Stanwells and both burn great. I dont think you can go wrong

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    Well i pulled the trigger and bought that bad boy. Now just waiting for the post man.
    Also ordered some PPSR to break her in. Thanks for all the feedback gentleman, i'll keep you posted after the 1st smoke.
    Cheers.

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    Good choice aro222. Looking forward to hearing about it. And yes, thanks to you, I’m looking to add another Stanwell to the stable!

    Really liking that 95 shape. Really surprised I haven’t seen it yet.

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    My opinion doesn't mean a whole lot, as I don't own many expensive pipes, but I love my Stanwell. I have a Featherweight 240 and it smokes like a dream. Literally.

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    Drinking pipes! That's new. So, what do you drink from it? Is it dedicated to just one beverage or do you mix it up a little?

    Drinking too much.

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    I’ve got three Stanwell’s and they all smoke great, two are filter pipes that I smoke without a filter or adapter. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything negative about the brand.

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    The 95s in my collection make terrific drinking pipes

    The word for drinking and smoking is the same in Japanese....if you'd rather use that excuse =)

    The pipe is an instrument of civilization.
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    Stanwell pipes are great pipes for the money.

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    I have several Stanwell pipes, all but one are unfiltered and all but one go back to the early 1980s. Off the top of my head, I cannot think of a single negative thing to say about them.

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    I have had 6-8 of them over the years. Only one was a good smoker. It was Danish made with a gold crown. Their pipes from Italy are poor.

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    I finally received my Stanwell in the mail and i must say it is quite the pipe. Larger than i expected but very well made and the fit and finish is very nice. So far this has the biggest stem out of all my pipes and looks and feels very manly and robust. When i first got my Savinelli #320 KS i thought it was big, but this thing is much more beefier.
    I really like it. Going to enjoy the first smoke later today with some SPC Plum Pudding Special Reserve and i'll keep you all posted. So far i'm glad i added this one to the stable. Cheers

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    When Stanwells were made in Denmark and cost considerably more, they were held in higher esteem, although the current Italian-made pipes are fine quality. I think it's human psychology. There's an apocryphal story about an art gallery dealer who was told his prices were too low, so people thought the art wasn't any good. He doubled the price on everything and sales picked way up. That's often true.

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    Very interesting sir

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    When Stanwells were made in Denmark and cost considerably more, they were held in higher esteem, although the current Italian-made pipes are fine quality. I think it's human psychology. There's an apocryphal story about an art gallery dealer who was told his prices were too low, so people thought the art wasn't any good. He doubled the price on everything and sales picked way up. That's often true.

    Reminds me of a friend who is a painter and decorator and was hit hard by the financial crash of '08, he just couldn't get any work even after cutting prices. After taking advice from his accountant he increased his prices by 40% and almost overnight he was booked solid.

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    Congrats on Your Stanwell Danske Club?''Or Is this Silke Brun, either way, I have had and still have few Stanwells both from Danish manufacturing and Italian alike, And Tell You what, I have never had any problems with this Brand name, which to me seems like a pretty weird phenomenon in our days

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    Nice looking pipe aro222. I just got through a major case of TAD. That pipe and the fact that (for some unknown reason) I don’t own a Stanwell yet, has me fighting off PAD

    Duane
    (Not Embers)
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    It is a Danske Club.

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    Look at the girth on that bowl, what a fatty. I bet she stays nice and cool in the hand even if smoked hard.
    Enjoy that beauty.

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    So i've had a couple smokes in the new Stanwell and i must say its a great pipe. It really feels good in the hand and it smokes wonderful. At first i was a little worried about the rather large stem, but its actually quite comfortable and hefty. I have been really watching my cadence to break her in a bit, but the walls on the bowl are so thick, i think even if i pulled on this like a truck it would remain just as cool. All things considered its a great pipe for the price and i'm really happy with it. I feel like this one will become one of my work horses. i'm glad i took everybody's advice and pulled the trigger on this one. Thanks again
    Cheers

    Oh also my first couple of bowls where SPC Plum Pudding SR, i'm not gonna attempt to review this, just want to say WOW ! I've already placed an order for a few more tins for the cellar. That is some great stuff...

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    Being of modest means, I seldom buy new pipes but look carefully for estate pipes mostly on eBay. More recently I have gone after older Stanwell pipes based mainly n the comments by people on the forum. I am pleased to say that I have never smoked a Stanwell that was not excellent. I would say that their reputation is deserved.

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