- Nov 3, 2013
When I first started on this forum years ago, I was all about old low grade pipes. Over the years I eventually started going for more high grade pipes. High grade British pipes, high grade Italian pipes and US pipes, etc. I found that I didn't enjoy smoking some of them because of the styling. As the years passed, I got rid of some and kept the ones I liked to smoke. Now I'm find my way back to the low grade pipes again, because I find that most of them smoke as good as any pipe. Aver the last few months I've bought three Yello-Bole pipes that interested me. First a Rhodesian shape carved like a Custombilt pipe that caught my eye, then an old sandblasted small panel bowl, and finally an early pipe with a "bowtie" inlay before they started using the yellow circle on the band. They all needed some work done, but the one with yellow stem was the worst. The stem fit loose and wonky, the there were some black stains on the bowl that looked like someone had started to sand down. I tried too, but I realized they weren't going to come out, so for the first time I stained a bowl totally black. Now I kinda like it! Well, that's my overly long story, sort of much about nothing, but no matter what pipe you're smoking, I hope you're enjoying it!