Anyone Tamp With a Finger?

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spicy_boiii

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Aug 5, 2020
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Bay Area, California
My dad smokes a pipe occasionally after I pushed him over the ledge.

Only recently have I been able to get him to even consider using a tamper.

He's said, growing up, his dad and grandad always had a finger that was stained black from tamping their pipes.

(my grandad smoked captain black into his 90s, my great grandad a lifelong Edgeworth smoker, also into his 90s).
 

HawkeyeLinus

Preferred Member
Oct 16, 2020
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Iowa
Yes, but there is often a glove on it! But doing that while out walking fall/winter got me kind of in the habit. I will usually have a tamper handy indoors or in nice weather but did it with my finger a few times out of reflex and found out there wasn't much to worry about.
 

JamesM

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Jan 13, 2022
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Just did today. Pipe slipped out of my clench. Stuck my right middle finger right in the bowl to catch. Good thing it wasn't just lit! Ash kept my finger from getting burned. Learned something new. Middle finger makes a good tamper!
 

timt

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Jul 19, 2018
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Minnesota
I guess I’m the odd man out here. I only do if necessary which Is practically never. Plus, I don’t want ashes on my meers. Otherwise, I’m quite grubby.
 

frozenchurchwarden

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Mar 1, 2014
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In the last few weeks that's happened a lot more than I'd like to admit. I keep forgetting my accessories kit.

On the upside when you're smoking in -30C the embers are used for warmth.
 
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