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What wood is this pipe?

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  • Started 2 years ago by throbinson
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  1. throbinson

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    So, as some may know, I am selling off my collection... going through and trying to get info about them before posting.

    I have this one... says ALPHA, Hand Made, Israel... super light weight, not near as heavy as my other pipes. Given the weight/texture... any ideas what the material used may be?

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  2. bluegrassbrian

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    Looks like sandblasted briar to me..

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    I dusted around Google using Israeli tobacco pipes and didn't see any materials other than briar mentioned. So that wasn't a help. The grain in the blast looks like briar, not olive or maple or something. Possibly it is just a really well aged piece of briar. For a while I was ordering Johs pipes through Iwan Ries for really good prices, and the briar was notably light weight.

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    It's the weight that's throwing me off... just seems very light to be briar.

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    Well... I won't argue because I honestly have no idea.

    Nice pipe but, I find that unless it has a filter, I don't touch it so... just gathering dust.

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    Show us the bowl and the unfinished surface where stem connects with the bowl.

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    Alpha has made quality briar pipes for some time, don't remember them made of any other wood, but then Im not realy educated on Alpha pipes

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    +1 briar.

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    Alpha = Briar Pipes only......and predominantly sandblasted ones at that.

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    Very nice looking pipe. I have a Tinderbox pipe, very large, and it is lighter than my tiniest Kaywoodie. Some briar is lighter, some heavier; It's just the nature of it.

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    I have an Israeli Shalom (same company as Alpha) and that is briar of light weight albeit having a smooth finish.

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    I've had several Alpha's both Israel made and US made and all were briar.

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    Thanks guys.

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    What is the weight?

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
    Posted 2 years ago #

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