Interesting thread, especially the tool part.
Let’s see….I have used twigs, nails, pens, pencils, an opened paperclip in the shape of a trombone (the music element again). The large ones actually make not only a good tamper on the trombone side, but you use the other end to dig out tobac.
In a pinch the other day while driving, I used the shower diverter thingy I was replacing. It was even spring-loaded.
I have a neat “whale” shaped pipe tool that I purchased years ago from Dan Pipe. It has a wooden handle and is a prized possession, so I leave it at home because I lose pipe tools the way I lose sunglasses.
Oh, and I have used the single temple from a broken pair of sunglasses.
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