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What is the Most Unusual Thing You've Used as a Tamper?

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  1. zonomo

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    Today I am at my gf's house and getting ready for a nice smoke but I dont have a tamper! So I had to use the tip of a drumstick I got from the lead singer of the B52's. I was in the front row of a concert when he was playing the cowbell in that song Rock Lobster. After the song, he handed me the drumstick. It turned into today's tamper.

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  2. gray4lines

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    Lol! I just stick my finger in there. I usually have a lighter/tamper combo with me though.

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  3. shawn

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    Nothing unusual, deer antler, pipe tool, homemade wooden tampers.

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    I've used my finger once or twice. I've used a nail. A stick or twig. That's about it.

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    Small engine valve.

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    Index finger mostly.

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    I used a (closed of course) tube of Chap Stik today ont the way home from work. I forgot my tamper on my desk and it was handy, so...a tamper it became.

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  8. lyle

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    B52s drumstick takes the cake! A stick from the yard for me.

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    I used a battery once. I twas the best thing I could find.

    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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  10. allan

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    If I'm lighting up at work (jeweler) I often use a small bezel mandrel end as an initial tamper before I go outside.

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    3 kitchen matches held together Wood end of course.

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    I've used a trumpet valve stem with a brass cap.

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    I've used a trumpet valve stem with a brass cap.

    You are my new hero, brilliant, and with me being a trumpet player I've been wasting a perfectly good golf tee on my pipe.

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    The bottom of a small axe body spray (as seen in this video) that i keep in my work van due to being smelly in hot weather. i use it a lot actually.

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    Well before I grabbed the drum stick, I saw 3 .9mm rounds on the dresser and I'm embarrassed to say my first thought was "hummmmm... just maybe".

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    coalsmoke said:
    "Index finger mostly."

    Even though I always have a tamper handy in one of my pockets, coalsmoke and I use the same method.

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    Toilet plunger,,,big pipe,,,,

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    If I told you... I'd have to kill you.

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    I honestly never use a tamper, it's always my index finger. Once or twice I've used a nail but my finger seems to work best for me and I never forget to bring it when I want a smoke.

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    three inch deck screws work when in a pinch

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    A golf tee, the end of an ink pen, the flat end on the handle of a letter opener, Chapstick, a twig, pretty much anything at my disposal that will fit in the bowl. Lol

    "A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth." - C.S. Lewis
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    Several times I had misplaced my tamper but used a fired 45 ACP case...works well using the primer end. Spent primer of course.

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    A gopher.

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    I always have my Peterson pipe knife (tamper on one end), but it's not uncommon for me to just use my finger.

    The redhead hates it when I do that (ash often gets under my fingernail) and says "you have a tool for that, why didn't you use it?" LOL

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    and with me being a trumpet player I've been wasting a perfectly good golf tee on my pipe.

    Now I just keep a couple Blessing trumpets around for "tamper parts".

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    and with me being a trumpet player I've been wasting a perfectly good golf tee on my pipe.
    Now I just keep a couple Blessing trumpets around for "tamper parts".

    Darn, all my trumpets are good ones, I don't have any parts horns.

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  28. extrasample

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    10 mm socket was all I used for a while. Always smoked in the garage..

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  29. sergemoat

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    Brake shoe hold down pin

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    A golf tee works great.

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  31. zonomo

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    so... how do you use your finger without burning it? I must be doing something wrong with my Tamp Technique because it would definitely burn my finger.

    @hunter185: A gopher?

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    I was gonna say the bowl of a small clay pipe, used as a tamper for a larger briar.
    After reading the rest of the thread, I'd say the most unusual thing I've used for a tamper is a tamper.

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    The filter end of a friends unsmoked Marlboro.

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    A carrot.

    Never used a golf tee. Have a smoothed piece of stick in the breast pocket of my coat that will serve in a pinch. Usually have multiple tampers with me, in the jar of pipe cleaners, at my desk, and in the bookshelves. I have a small army of tampers.

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  35. taerin

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    Whoever says tampon wins.

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  36. zonomo

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    +1 Eric.....

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    So I see we have some trumpet players here. I know its not part of this forum subject, but I just have to know. You guys pros? Classical, jazz, club dates?

    Me, MMA from Manhattan School of Music way back in 1975-classical on full scholarship. Original dream-play in the NY Philharmoic. Truly another life time ago.

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    So I see we have some trumpet players here. I know its not part of this forum subject, but I just have to know. You guys pros? Classical, jazz, club dates?

    Sorry to derail your topic, but formerly played in (2) 18 piece Big Bands, small jazz groups, Classical Trumpet& Organ Baroque music all on piccolo trumpet, Salsa Bands, Elvis Impersonator Bands, a true Commercial player who obviously "played if they paid"... Use to play on a Shilke Gold Plated B6L tuning bell model Bb, Sherzer Piccolo rotary valve trumpet, Rose brass bell Flugelhorn by Courtois 154, and many others that are long gone that I should have kept.

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    Teddy - where can I find those clothespins these days? I often use twigs when I'm out and about. I just scrape and smooth the business end on cement or a rough stone. One day I was preparing for a fly fishing presentation at a venue that was also a Boy Scout camp. Those durn scouts did too good a job of cleaning up the dead wood in the forest around, and as I was scavenging in the random artsy craftsy stuff in the room, I came across what turned out to be a clothespin with the ends cut cleanly off. The diameter was almost the regulation 17mm and the open groove made for an interesting dynamic in the tamping process.

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    ...It's not uncommon for me to just use my finger. The redhead hates it when I do that [...] and says "you have a tool for that, why didn't you use it?"

    What was the topic again?

    (Sorry. I thought it and felt compelled to say it.)

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  41. zonomo

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    @hobie1dog: Thats ok. Im a music lover myself so that topic usually finds its way in somehow.

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  42. crazypipe

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    Lestrout , I think you can still buy them in a hardware store.

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    Nails,bolts, and plenty of sticks.

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    I have a "Peanut" lighter on my key chain, just happens to be the right size! Closed of course...

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    A finger..... not mine......... rigor mortice had not set it yet..........

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    +1 jbbaldwin

    My exact thought, too.

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    (Another couldn't resist opportunity!)

    Well, I guess if I had a pipe with a bowl that was big enough, it'd be a toilet plunger with a sealed cup.

    --boudreaux
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    Sticks, screws/nails, empty rifle/pistol casings, ink pens ect. If I don't have a real tamper on hand, I just use the nearest suitable object.

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    aaa battery, misc laundry, a dime glued to a stick, marbles (but must invert pipe to remove) asparagus, crab leg, someone elses finger especially if they've passed out. I guess thats all ordinary stuff though.

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    I have a circle punch for cigars on my key ring I use it now and again

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    I would like to use mayor Bloomberg, but have not attempted it.

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    The most unusual tamper I've used is also the best tamper I've used. It's a bronze screw from a 50's Piano that I broke down for the hardware. It's the perfect size and neither the threads nor the tip are sharp so it works perfectly all the way around.

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    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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    I have a .223 round that looks perfect. But its live so I dont think i'll be using that.

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    Pretzel stick...and it worked pretty well.

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    Chewing gum wrapper.

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    prisma color pencil. I was outside drawing and too lazy to go inside and get my tamper.

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    I once inadvertently used a nipple. It's a long and sordid story.

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    Id like to use Ny governor Cuomo's pecker till it shrivels up blisters and pops. OK now that I think about it I dont want that thing in any of my pipes or near one for that matter. But I would like to burn it off, stomp on it and shoot it out of a cannon.

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    My kids had a wooden mallet for some toy my wife hated. It sat atop a cabinet for a while because it was being used to break things in the house. I used a Gerber knife to cut it and then scraped it on some cement outside our door to flatten it out. Was almost the exact same size as the bowl I was smoking, but it worked great.

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    Girlfriend got some samples of high-end perfumes from a co-worker.

    Jerod
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    I have used dead mens fingers sometimes when I was younger. Works better than other body parts.

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