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mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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Never mind the pipe, it is worth the price just to be able to say the name Andreas Bennwik. If he wasn't a pipe carver, he should be the protagonist in a novel. Andreas Bennwik; tell me that's not fun to say. My spell check hates it.
 

shaneireland

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Have any of you owned an Andreas Bennwik pipe? If so, what are your impressions of his skill? I'm particularly interested in the engineering and his stem work. I have this pipe reserved, awaiting feedback from my rep at SP.

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I’m a big fan of Andreas’ work and he’s easily one of the most underrated artisans of the past few years. He’s an extremely talented visual artist/graphic designer and it shows in his pipes. This piece is a great find!
 

alaskanpiper

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Looks good to me. I have a similarly shaped Elliot Nachwalter that I love.

 

craiginthecorn

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So did you buy it?
My rep who's evaluating it had been tied-up with IPSD craziness. He just got back to me. The one thing I'm a bit concerned about is that the chamber is sharply conical, which isn't at all a surprise. I'm not wild about conical chambers. So, I'll chew on it tonight and decide tomorrow. Leaning towards buying it.
 

saltedplug

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I never noticed any difference in the burn in a conical chamber, but you may be sensitive to that.

I love the form!
 

craiginthecorn

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I never noticed any difference in the burn in a conical chamber, but you may be sensitive to that.

I love the form!
It's not the burn that bothers me -- it's the tendency to gurgle. I own literally hundreds of pipes. The only ones that I ever experience problems with gurgling have conical chambers. This includes two high-grade pipes. One Benni Jorgensen and also a W.Ø. Larsen Straight Grain 7. Jeff Gracik has said that he would not make a pipe with a conical chamber because all the moisture is drained to a small point right at the draft hole. That said, I have some pipes with conical chambers which do not gurgle. Of course, this can be managed with a pipe cleaner, provided that the pipe allows one to pass into the bowl without removing the stem.
 

saltedplug

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Final words: knowing your history, as there a lot of beautiful pipes out there, I don't know as I'd ever buy another with such a chamber.
 
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