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Lifer
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I haven’t done an actual count but I suspect that straights and bents (1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and full) run neck and neck in my herd

I buy pipes based on their looks rather than straight vs bent

I have straights that gurgle. The majority of my bents don’t

Most of my straights are not sitters.
And there are bents that are.
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Go with what you like
 
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PaulDM

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Dec 12, 2022
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As a Canadian I really want my next pipe to be a Canadian, I love the look of them, the more wood the better I think. I imagine they probably smoke cooler and dryer because of the extra shank length is that truenin your experience with them?
Can't say with certainty that a Canadian smokes cooler. I am skeptical that a longer pipe does much to cool the smoke. I think overall construction, cadence, packing method etc is much more important. What I do like is that it definitely keeps smoke out of my eyes and I find it very comfortable.
 

smokeystover

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Sep 20, 2012
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Went to straights 100% when I was on the road driving for several hours a day. Had too many incidents of smacking a bent pipe into my shoulder and nearly breaking a pipe or teeth when turning my head quickly in traffic.
 
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Gimlet

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Bent for me. Less strain on my teeth and jaw. I tend to set the pipe in my mouth and leave it there, never touching it except to tamp or re-light. Favour a bent apple or Rhodesian. Tried a church warden and nearly knocked my teeth and tonsils out bumping into things.
 

aztecbull

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Straight for me as I don't like to clench. I also like the aesthetic of a straight pipe more.
 
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anotherbob

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frankly can't really say. There are other things like size of hole that certainly effect draw. Basically if no one can say there is a difference then there isn't a noticeable effect. I say it's more about what's comfortable to you. I like bents more and it's got nothing to do with the draw just like the way it feels.
 
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Gimlet

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Interesting there's so many mentions of gurgling. All my pipes are 9 mm filtered and I don't get any of that. And I rarely take my pipe out of my mouth while smoking it.
I use Dr Pearl charcoal filters. Having tried most of them without, it seems the filter doesn't reduce the flavour in any way. In fact I think the flavour is enhanced because it's not fighting the taste of tar. They just keep it dry and remove any sting. I smoke some quite strong Lakeland flakes and they smoke beautifully smooth.
 
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Gimlet

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frankly can't really say. There are other things like size of hole that certainly effect draw. Basically if no one can say there is a difference then there isn't a noticeable effect. I say it's more about what's comfortable to you. I like bents more and it's got nothing to do with the draw just like the way it feels.
I'm the same. My favourite pipes are a pair of bent apple Savinellis. The mouthpieces are nice and broad. They sit in my mouth and I hardly know they're there. I've got a straightish Vauen with a fairly narrow stem and I can feel that straining my teeth and jaw immediately.
 
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jediofthecode

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I'm the same. My favourite pipes are a pair of bent apple Savinellis. The mouthpieces are nice and broad. They sit in my mouth and I hardly know they're there. I've got a straightish Vauen with a fairly narrow stem and I can feel that straining my teeth and jaw immediately.
Which model ? I have a sav 626 and it's gotta be my favourite pipe by far.
 
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Gimlet

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Which model ? I have a sav 626 and it's gotta be my favourite pipe by far.
I have a 9 mm Tigre 642 (polished) and a 9 mm Miele 642. Lovely pipes. I smoke exclusively GH Best Brown flake in the Tigre and GH Coffee and Caramel in the Miele.
 

Cloozoe

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Inadvertent post - I'd delete it but don't know how. Pardon.
 
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RudyG

Starting to Get Obsessed
Aug 25, 2023
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My bents gurgle more and have found it to be especially so now that the weather is getting cooler. Keeps reminding me to smoke slower!

Before buying a bent I always see if a pipe cleaner can be run easily down to the bowl, so I know there is a remedy if it starts to gurgle.
 

Bdtroch

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I started with bents simply due to aesthetics; I thought they looked better and I preferred how they felt in my hand.

Now that I’ve got plenty of straights and bents and whatever else shape in my arsenal, I think they all smoke the same in terms of draw.

Wetter stuff tends to favor the bents as does clenching. These days, my bents usually come out when I need movement or activity flexibility or need to read/work. Straights are for my relaxing, sitting, smokes.
 
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