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  • Started 4 years ago by dulgunz
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  1. dulgunz

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    My wife just got back from an antique store and hands me this thing! All it says on it is "The Smoke". This is the ugliest pipe I have seen yet. Any help will be much appreciated!!

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  2. lifeon2

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    A failed attempt at synthetic pipe making I have one in my collection just because its an oddity, think brylonesque

    You may call me "HerrDoctor"
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  3. dulgunz

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    Thanks for the info, I do plan on re-finishing it but don't know how far I am going to go with it.

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    It is not worth the trouble^^^^^. Trust me.

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    Nice of your wife though!

    John
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  6. tuold

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    I have one in my collection also. When I got mine I went to Professor Taylor to get more information.

    Everything you would ever want to know about "The Pipe" and "The Smoke" is here: The Pipe Info Link

    To me they are an interesting footnote in pipe manufacturing and therefor somewhat collectable.

    The pipe is an instrument of civilization.
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  7. thefalcon

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    These Pipes were made from 1963 to about 1975. They were made from the same material as the Space shuttle, pyrolytic graphite. I knew a man that would smoke nothing but one of these. The best thing about them,is they could be washed in the Dish washer.

    Eric

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  8. dulgunz

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    Thefalcon, I think you are correct I just did the initial sanding to take off the color and it looks like to me is graphite. I will wet sand with 1500 to see if it will shine. If so I may leave it like that.

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    @dulgunz, I believe the early ones were Painted, but after heating up the Paint would fleck off. I believe after the painted ones they incorporated in the manufacturing a process of plastic coating. Hope this helps.

    Eric

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  10. spartanfan

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    One of the Pipes Magazine radio show had a guest on that collected them. I can't remember what episode it was but it might be worth looking it up giving it a listen.

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    spartanfan, I did listen to that show and felt some relief of my remorse for having purchased/won a The Pipe on the auction site.
    These pipes do have nice draw and lines. That they're not 'organic' turns a lot of us off, but they can deliver a very nice smoke if you know what you're doing, and they don't impart flavor, thus giving you an unadulterated 'look' at your particular blend.
    They're tough as nails and make nice travel pipes. If you need a hammer, they'll do in a pinch.
    These are as versatile and practical as is your imagination.

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  12. tuold

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    My estate pyrolytic graphite pipe complete with monogram:

    One of my many "Rack Queens". Never smoked it.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  13. okiescout

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    That they're not 'organic' turns a lot of us off, but they can deliver a very nice smoke if you know what you're doing, and they don't impart flavor, thus giving you an unadulterated 'look' at your particular blend.
    newbroom, sounds like you hit on a good reason to pick one up.

    "Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow."
    Benjamin Franklin
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  14. newbroom

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    okiescout, I listened to this radio broadcast and I was impressed with this guy's line of thought on
    "The Subject"
    Dr. Bill Taylor...episode 104

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  15. okiescout

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    thanks for the input, newbroom. I can't listen until I get home this weekend, but plan on checking it out then. The PC I have at my disposal currently does not have speakers.

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