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  1. zulucollector

    P&T Magazine (and parent co.) Have a New Owner

    For quite a long time, P&T was a labor of love and commitment on the part of the publishers and the community. This hobby is too small to support a four-color, glossy magazine, even with very loyal advertisers and subscribers. We’re lucky we had it as long as we did.
  2. zulucollector

    Fraudulent Comoy Blue Riband eBay listing

    Woodsroad: So, let's go back to the top and revisit the allegations made here, and on Facebook: 1. Comoy never made a cross grain Blue Riband. HAVE YOU SEEN THE PIPE? WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE THAT COMOY MADE THE PIPE? THE EVIDENCE IS TO THE CONTRARY. ALL COMOY PUBLICATIONS, MARKETING, AND...
  3. zulucollector

    Fraudulent Comoy Blue Riband eBay listing

    JoeMan, while it isn't a great specimen, it does have vertical orientation. It is not a cross grain, which was used in the Tradition line. It is also a fairly late pipe, as evidenced by the shape number. These higher numbers were introduced later in the production.
  4. zulucollector

    Fraudulent Comoy Blue Riband eBay listing

    At the risk of beating a dead horse, let me try and explain yet again. 1. Blue Ribands were never made. They were selected from frased stummels in a sorting process after they had been made. They were selected according to qualitative criteria, principally that they had a straight, vertical...
  5. zulucollector

    Fraudulent Comoy Blue Riband eBay listing

    Here is just one image of a Comoy Blue Riband stamp when photographed. (I could post tens of these if people want to see them). Notice that the light and color across the stamp are consistent. You don't see changes of light direction or refraction. Luminosity is consistent. In some places, the...
  6. zulucollector

    Fraudulent Comoy Blue Riband eBay listing

    By the way, I think had a grand mal seizure with respect to the 110 shape number. It was originally introduced as a cutty then later reassigned to a billiard. I own both shapes. It was my mistake.
  7. zulucollector

    Fraudulent Comoy Blue Riband eBay listing

    John Adler (former president of Comoy) told me that there was no such thing as a cross grain Blue Riband. I specifically asked him with respect to a clarification of brand guidelines. That's how I know.
  8. zulucollector

    Fraudulent Comoy Blue Riband eBay listing

    Unfortunately, it appears I caught this late. The auction is over in a couple of hours. The guy messaged me back saying he was going to report me to eBay for bad manners for implying his auction was fraudulent. He let me know he is a person of high integrity. Obviously, his integrity is not high...
  9. zulucollector

    Fraudulent Comoy Blue Riband eBay listing

    Heads up: There is a fraudulent listing for a Comoy Blue Riband Shape 110 on eBay now. There are several tells: 1. Comoy never made a cross grain Blue Riband. 2. Shape 110 is a cutty, not a billiard. 3. Close inspection reveals that the nomenclature was photoshopped. None of the wood...
  10. zulucollector

    R.D. Field on Radio Show of August 8, 2017

    David is an amazing guy. He has an extraordinary depth of experience, and he is a terrific guy.
  11. zulucollector

    Rare Blue Riband Shape Added "The Globe"

    Beautiful pipe, Bob. Really! There are definitely lines predating the Blue Riband that have the contrast stain; I have several.
  12. zulucollector

    Separated At Birth?

    It's really not complicated. The point of this entire thread (and the blog post I made) is that the buyer deserves to have the same information that the seller has. If a seller withholds information or intentionally misrepresents condition, that seller is at fault. There is no rationalization...
  13. zulucollector

    Separated At Birth?

    I hope that there is some explanation for this. I find it hard to believe that the seller would tarnish his reputation for a relatively small profit on a one-pipe flip sale. If that's the case, it just makes me very, very sad. I've written a number of posts addressing undisclosed pipe remodeling...
  14. zulucollector

    KC Pipe Show - Best Pipe in Show

    That's an interesting pipe. Although David has called it a bowtie, when I look at it, what I see is an evolved variation of Wolfgang Becker's wasp shape taken to an organic extreme. The pinched waist and asymmetrical shank flare endows the pipe with an organic feel as opposed to a sculptural...
  15. zulucollector

    Passion For Pipes Has Restarted Woohoo

    Hey guys, Thanks for the props on restarting the blog. Over the last year or so, my life took a series of unexpected turns, resulting in my having to refocus my priorities. Now that things have settled down, I have a bit more time to write. Plus, I'm finding I have stories to tell and things to...
  16. zulucollector

    Rare Blue Riband Shape Added "The Globe"

    Yes, Harris, you are undoubtedly correct. The distinction is subtle, although in some of the globes, they are as round as a globe is, so it is easier to see in those larger globe shapes. This is one reason for having a comprehensive catalog of shape names and numbers and where they existed in...
  17. zulucollector

    Rare Blue Riband Shape Added "The Globe"

    Thank you all for your kind comments. I really appreciate this section of the forum. It is very fun for me, given my interest in Comoys.
  18. zulucollector

    Rare Blue Riband Shape Added "The Globe"

    Over the years, I've been looking for a "Globe" and finally found one. Comoy's "Globe" shape resembles an apple, but is different in that it is rounder and the shank-bowl transition is generally more delicate. The Globe is an older Comoy shape. In the 1950s, the company transitioned to marketing...
  19. zulucollector

    GBD 9242 #1 Holy Grail - Realized!

    Al, that's a marvelous array of Rhodesians.
  20. zulucollector

    Comoy Extraordinaire 498

    It's great to see so many examples (and several different brands) of this shape. Wow...there are some nice pipes on this thread. I have a couple of 499s in my collection: one an early example and one that dates from the 60s. Interesting in that the shape's dimensions changed. The shape was...