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What Sort Of Finish Do You Prefer On A Pipe?

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    Textured (rusticated, sandblasted, etc.,) or Smooth? Speaking for myself
    I prefer textured pipes and although I have a small number of pipes with
    smooth surfaces and attractive flame and birdseye grains I tend rarely to
    smoke them. For me my ideal pipe is the one pictured above -- a Savinelli
    Punto Oro Ring Grain 320KS -- which enables me to enjoy the visual beauty
    of the grain and the tactile pleasure of a rough textured surface. I'm
    also inclined to think that a thick textured bowl dissipates heat more
    effectively than a smooth bowl because of its larger surface area and that
    this helps make for a cooler smoke.

    I recently ran across a comment to the effect that rough, pitted, textured
    surfaces were developed so that blocks of inferior briar that formerly had
    to be thrown out because smooth unblemished bowls couldn't be made from them
    could now be made into pipes that less discerning smokers could be induced
    to buy. Whether this is true or not I don't know but even if it is it hasn't
    diminished my love for the textured and my next purchase is going to be one
    of those wonderfully knobby Savinelli Corallo di Mare pipes -- when I can
    find one.

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    Based off my pipes, it seems I like smooth. But I've been in the market for another rusticated.

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    I'm all over. I enjoy each equally for different reasons. I would never choose one over the other.

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    Agnostic. Have many of all finishes, but few with rustication, which is often done badly. Quaints don't fit in my stable, either, unless it's a Barling like Jesse's....

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    I prefer smooth, as most of mine are. I like the feel of a smooth pipe, and I like to see the grain. But I do have a very few blast and rusticated. If it appeals to me greatly enough, I may purchase a non-smooth pipe.

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    Conservative shape, nicely proportioned and the finish has to "fit" the pipe. Can't really explain that. Maybe it's my mood at the time of our introduction in the shop. But, no real preference as to finish I suppose. My collection is more smooth than not.

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    didimauw writes:

    Based off my pipes, it seems I like smooth.
    But I've been in the market for another rusticated.

    The Savinelli Author 320KS are terrific pipes and give a great smoke.
    There's a whole range of them. I have SEVEN -- one for each day of the week.

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    I was looking at a savinelli tre rusticated. We will see...

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    Sandblasted

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    I’m with Embers- Sandblasted is my favorite, hands down.

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    Sandblasted. And smooth. It depends...

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    While I love the beauty of a well grained smooth pipe, I, more often than not, smoke on the go, away from home. I think for that reason, I'd have to say a nice sandblast is my preference.

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    I have both. But, prefer the sandblasted/rusticated pipes for some reason.

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    I have both. But, prefer the sandblasted/rusticated pipes for some reason.

    Me too. I wonder why? Could it be that our subconscious perceives
    rough gnarly knobby textures as more manly, more masculine, more
    suited to a male?

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    Well, of the 11 responses so far, 5 prefer rough textures,
    3 prefer smooth, and 3 like both, so rough is leading.

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    Could it be that our subconscious perceives
    rough gnarly knobby textures as more manly, more masculine, more
    suited to a male?
    I doubt that has anything to do with it.

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    I'm not so sure. The brain processes vastly more data than we
    ever become conscious of. And don't we think of the fair sex
    as having smooth silky skin and the male as being rough and hairy?

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    I'm not so sure. The brain processes vastly more data than we
    ever become conscious of. And don't we think of the fair sex
    as having smooth silky skin and the male as being rough and hairy?
    Well that seals it then. I suppose that means I like touching smooth and silky while you like the rough and hairy.

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    I prefer smooth pipes.

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    Well that seals it then. I suppose that means I like touching smooth and silky while you like the rough and hairy.

    Hmm... I'm not so sure I care for your conclusion.

    Let me think of a suitable riposte...

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    the fair sex

    Who lied to you?

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    Well that seals it then. I suppose that means I like touching smooth and silky while you like the rough and hairy.

    It's not a matter of "liking to touch".
    It's a matter of 'identifying with' tuffness.

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    Another vote for smooth. I like to see the grain in the briar. And while I"m at it, matte. Pipes should never ever be shiny.

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    the fair sex

    :rofl:

    Who lied to you?

    They all did, but it started with the knights of the Middle Ages
    and their code of courtly love.

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    As I've gotten older( almost 77 now ) my fingers have become a little stiffer.It's a bit harder to hang onto pipes now.A bit easier with rusticated pipes..If you haven't gotten there yet don't fret it you will,

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    I'm 80 and got there long ago. Maybe that's one of the
    subconscious reasons I prefer textured pipes.

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    the fair sex
    :rofl:

    Who lied to you?

    They can be quite unfair from time to time

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    Most of my pipes have a rough sandblasted texture, but my favourite and most used is a shiny Chacom Rafting,
    So perhaps a mix of tactile and visual.
    The Chacom is a great fit for me and I enjoy holding it.

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    Most of my pipes are sandblasted and I would say it's my favorite finish but I also really like a cross cut smooth pipe with loads of birdseye grain too.

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    They all did, but it started with the knights of the Middle Ages
    and their code of courtly love.

    That was out of fear.

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    I like a smooth finish if the wood has some nice grain to show, otherwise rusticated. In fact, I wanted to raise this question? Is rusticated something that pipe carvers do just to hid some flaws in the wood grain? I don't necessarily regard rustication as a cheaper version of a smooth finish, in fact I have seen some really expensive rustication ... but I some times wonder ...

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    It really depends on the pipe, but I tend to gravitate to traditional shapes, and blasted finishes.


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    Funny, all of my relatives that pass 70 tend to get neurologically sensitive to touch. It's pretty common. They started reacting to things with texture, and even the feeling of water.

    I have a range of textures represented in my collection, blasts, rustications, and some marvelous grain. Just when I think that deep sandblasted gnarly textures are all I want, I run across some amazing grain, birdseye, flame, etc... So, I stay pretty nutral and open-minded. But, probably in my older age, I imagine smooth pipes will be more appealing. We will see.

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    When looking at an unfinished block it is always hard to tell if the grain is going to be the best part or if the ring grains are going to make a blast the best bet. They can be equally beautiful for different reasons and make for a hard decision. Fortunately I don't have a cabinet yet so I usually just go smooth unless some rustication really stands out in my head. Masculine has absolutely nothing to do with it.

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    Six of one, half a dozen..... I do tend to have more than a slight preference for blasts or a *good* rusticated job, though.

    was looking at a savinelli tre rusticated

    Didi, you got me dead-on. I LOVE the rus Tres (Oscars too). Yeah, yeah, I've got Punto d'Oros, Nonpareils, & a few others, but I just keep going back to the Tre. I like the style & their rus is really more of a blast. Elegant, not over-flashy, but not boring either. Can't say enough good about them. Oh, yeah & I like them too. }:)

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    usually just go smooth unless some rustication really stands out in my head.

    100%, crash. Like everything else, all just personal preference & what floats the boat at the moment of.

    wanted to raise this question? Is rusticated something that pipe carvers do just to hid some flaws in the wood grain

    Sometimes it is, yeah, but more depending on the line & the block, it can be more likely that it's to accent the grain (thinking of what some makers call a rus but that's actually more of a blast); goes especially for ring grains, obviously.

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    Yeh, back to this whole "masculine" thing. Is it a worry of yours that people will think that you're effeminate if you do something not within your scope of "masculine"? I don't get it. A truly masculine guy doesn't have these worries. A real man doesn't give a flip about what others think of them. Your obsession with looking masculine comes across as compensating. Just a heads up. It's not very manly.

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    A real man doesn't give a flip about what others think

    ?? Why do you think we give a flying rat's what you think about what he thinks people think about him.....

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    Your obsession with looking masculine comes across as compensating

    Wait a minute...wasn't it you that said just a few days ago that you prefer to appear prepared by having a thick shanked straight pipe?

    With tongue firmly in cheek, I will now go back to my full bent, droopy jaw hanger that is absolutely the manliest thing out there

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    Well, I can usually ascertain that my wife is getting self-conscious about her weight when she starts talking about whether this or that pants or skirt look right on her. So, when we have several threads within a week, talking about whether this or that looks masculine, and then it drops into a third of the threads... The color of my pipe doesn't matter to me, so you never see me talking about pipe stains. It doesn't take rocket science or Sherlock Holmes.

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    Yeh, back to this whole "masculine" thing. Is it a worry of yours that people will think that you're effeminate if you do something not within your scope of "masculine"? I don't get it. A truly masculine guy doesn't have these worries. A real man doesn't give a flip about what others think of them. Your obsession with looking masculine comes across as compensating. Just a heads up. It's not very manly.

    I was joking, teasing, pulling your leg. OK?
    Heads up? I think it's you that needs that.
    There are surfaces, and there is what is beneath.

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    Wait a minute...wasn't it you that said just a few days ago that you prefer to appear prepared by having a thick shanked straight pipe?

    Actually, I would have never have said that I preferred a thick shank. I like a pipe with a thin sexy leg, not a big fat one. There's a difference in sexual preferences and gender identification. There are subtle nuances of difference.

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    I like a pipe with a thin sexy leg, not a big fat one.

    I can appreciate that, but I'm more of a "gimme something with a little meat on it to hold onto"

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    The only thing that has ever looked odd to me, as far as guys picking the "right" pipe, is when this huge 6'6" 300lbs+ guy used to come into the Lounge with this little bitty bent pipe. Of course, he wasn't the type that you joked with. So we all just noted the humor... quietly. It was like watching King Kong try to seem intellectual with a human sized pipe.

    Small guys with huge pipes, just seems to make more sense.

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    I was joking, teasing, pulling your leg. OK?

    It probably didn't come across 100%, but believe me, so was he.

    Bill

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    hen this huge 6'6" 300lbs+ guy used to come into the Lounge with this little bitty bent pipe.

    I hereby state officially & for the record -- it was NOT me. }:)

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    I've always been partial to a nice smooth finish, love to see that grain pop. However lately, i have had my eyes on some really sweet partial rusticated pipes. I love the way some carvers are able to blend the both together and end up with some very fine looking pipes. My next pipe will be partially rusticated as for now most of my stable is smooth.

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    Mutual leg pulling... we have to do it while we can. Npod will be along shortly with his bondage tape, and I don't want to get mixed up in that stuff.

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    bondage tape, and I don't want to get mixed up in that stuff. [:puffy:]

    That's your problem & your own dang fault, Michael. I keep telling you, pull it off *straight, not at an angle, & no more than 2' each. }}:)

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    Now, as far as "eye-popping" grain goes... I don't think that the return on cost for what some artisans want for grain is worth the return in aesthetics... for me. Give me Walt Cannoy's suede blasts over the most expensive birds eye, or Cooke's deep craggy blasts over some fire grain any day. That doesn't mean that I don't like birdseye or flames. It just means that I don't think the cost of paying for the skills in pulling out those beautiful grains is worth the beauty it exhibits. My pipes with the best grain were acquired because the artist didn't see the value of those skills as costing an extra arm and leg.

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    I keep telling you, pull it off *straight, not at an angle, & no more than 2' each.

    Ha ha!! Well, if they'd make socks that stayed up by themselves, I wouldn't have to use it. I can't stand for my black socks to fall down into my sandals.

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    Ha ha!! Well, if they'd make socks that stayed up by themselves, I wouldn't have to use it. I can't stand for my black socks to fall down into my sandals

    ??? Socks?? Don't you use Krylon matte spray like everybody else?!?!

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    Don't you use Krylon matte spray like everybody else?!?!

    Instead of socks? I like to feel the air on my toes, but I also like them to be warm. I think of Krylon as being more for the bikini area.

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    I love the texture provided in a pipe, but I appreciate the look of pretty grain. Now I can only really appreciate the pretty grain when I'm not smoking it, but I feel it in my hands while I am. Maybe I need a pipe that looks pretty with great grain, then transforms into a craggy sandblast whilst smoking? Although, my Peterson silver spigot is quite blasty and I love the way it feels in the hand. I always felt like a smooth finished pipe would feel hotter than a sandblast pipe, if you smoke a blend that naturally burns hot.

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    Instead of socks? I like to feel the air on my toes, but I also like them to be warm. I think of Krylon as being more for the bikini area.

    YOU, sir, are one siiiick puppy.......

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    I like a great sand blast but also like flame grain and birdseye. Most of my collection are sandblasts as the prices for smooth pipes are more than I want to pay.
    I had my fling with chasing grain years ago and don't feel a need to go there again.

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