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Briar Lee

Lifer
Sep 4, 2021
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13,956
Humansville Missouri
For maybe twenty years now I’ve been buying and losing this five dollar red handled pipe tool.

I just bought four more for twenty bucks, and waited a month for them to arrive from China.

The makers have actually improved these tools and lowered the price over the two decades I’ve used them. Instead of actual rosewood they are laminates, but the springs are better, the heads never fall off, and the pick and scoop/scraper blades are beefier.

These are a bit classier than the ordinary Czech tool that I also buy and lose.

They have a set of hidden legs that causes them to walk off.

But those who haven’t discovered how good these are, if you can spare five bucks you can see for yourself.



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Snook

Starting to Get Obsessed
Oct 2, 2019
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Idaho
I had several just like this and loved the heft of them, but they were all in the shape of a pipe, which was a little too kitschy for my tastes. I really like the style that you have, though!
 

Briar Lee

Lifer
Sep 4, 2021
4,840
13,956
Humansville Missouri
I have one that is really loose. I have no idea how to fix it. I'm cheap and rather fix than buy.

The $5 Redwood tool is made like a pocket knife, and of stainless steel.

The makers have greatly improved the spring and the heft of the two “blades” and how the head is joined to the body in recent years, about the time they switched from redwood to a laminated wood.

Somehow they’ve rounded all the sharp edges down on newer production, a blessing for pocket linings.

There’s a factory over in China just raining five dollar pipe tools at the end of an automated line. The price markup must be enormous.

The fix is five more dollars.

You’ll lose the new ones before they bust.
 
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El Capitán

Lifer
Jun 5, 2022
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The $5 Redwood tool is made like a pocket knife, and of stainless steel.

The makers have greatly improved the spring and the heft of the two “blades” and how the head is joined to the body in recent years, about the time they switched from redwood to a laminated wood.

Somehow they’ve rounded all the sharp edges down on newer production, a blessing for pocket linings.

There’s a factory over in China just raining five dollar pipe tools at the end of an automated line. The price markup must be enormous.

The fix is five more dollars.

You’ll lose the new ones before they bust.
Give me a link then in a message.
 
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Apr 26, 2012
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Washington State
I have basically the same tool, only mine is the one shaped like a pipe. It's solid and does the job. The weight of the tool is great for tamping as I just let the weight of the tool tamp the tobacco down.
 
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Briar Lee

Lifer
Sep 4, 2021
4,840
13,956
Humansville Missouri
I have basically the same tool, only mine is the one shaped like a pipe. It's solid and does the job. The weight of the tool is great for tamping as I just let the weight of the tool tamp the tobacco down.

They still sell the one shaped like a pipe for three times or more the money.

The reason is they probably sell ten times more of the classic shape.

I couldn’t ship one to China for five dollars, much less make and sell one for that.
 

jpmcwjr

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May 12, 2015
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Carmel Valley, CA
I just posted a photo of one of mine a day ago, in another thread. Keep one in the car, and one with my active tobaccos. Also have a few stainless straight ones, and a couple shaped like a pipe. In order of my preference. On the gold course, a wooden tee is all I need, but there's one in the bag just in case.
 
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Briar Lee

Lifer
Sep 4, 2021
4,840
13,956
Humansville Missouri
Let’s review the options

1. Index finger

2. Harry Hosterman carved a stick

3. Small pocket knife

4. Golf tee

5. Pipe nail

6. Czech tool

At the level of the $5 rosewood tamper we enter real, fancy, honest to God pipe tools.

At $27 there’s this really cool pocketknife.

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Lees65GTO

Starting to Get Obsessed
Nov 29, 2022
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Texas
For maybe twenty years now I’ve been buying and losing this five dollar red handled pipe tool.

I just bought four more for twenty bucks, and waited a month for them to arrive from China.

The makers have actually improved these tools and lowered the price over the two decades I’ve used them. Instead of actual rosewood they are laminates, but the springs are better, the heads never fall off, and the pick and scoop/scraper blades are beefier.

These are a bit classier than the ordinary Czech tool that I also buy and lose.

They have a set of hidden legs that causes them to walk off.

But those who haven’t discovered how good these are, if you can spare five bucks you can see for yourself.



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OzPiper

Lifer
Nov 30, 2020
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Sydney, Australia
There’s a factory over in China just raining five dollar pipe tools at the end of an automated line.
I’m more than happy with my Czech tool.
Just not the Chinese knock-off

Off topic: my sister buys Chinese quartz watches for $10 each, several at a go
She reckons it’s cheaper to replace the whole watch when the battery runs out than shelling for a replacement battery

How they do dat ?
 
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