Nice collection. I have one Brigham, a 2 dot #47. I like it, still not 100% sure i'll sell it or not. I might wait till its broken in, I'm sure i'll be happier with it by then. I'm considering not using the filter, I don't like having to take apart the stem just to run a pipe cleaner through, then to rinse it and let it dry etc.
The rock maple filters are about 1/8" ID with an aluminum ring on one end. The filter fits firmly into an aluminum tube that sits proud of the shank slightly. I'll post pics later on when I have my camera handy. You would never know the filter is in the pipe from a draw perspective. The only time I realize I have one in is when I smoke an aromatic tobacco in one and it tends to smoke drier than without. It is a totally different experiance than a 9mm filter with I don't prefer. I find the 9mm filter does effect the draw and I have to me more careful about my packing method. I leave my filter in for about three smokes and then will switch it out. You can wash the filters in soapy water and dry them and reuse a few times however they are really cheap and at $2.00cdn for a box of 12 I can't see the value added in washing. When I go to the hunt camp I usually wash them so I don't have to remember to bring filters with me. Like I said before you can smoke the pipe without and will not notice anything different in smoke except in they give a dryer cooler smoke. Honestly haven't noticed a difference with my English blends. The English blends are not as hard on the filters either. I have noticed Dunhill nightcap doesn't leave much residue after a few days of smoking like an aro would.
I like the Brig filter system. It is terrific but it must be done properly. I open the 8 pack of filters and rotate them all. After my smoke I replace the filter with a new one. When I have used all but one, I rinse the 7 used ones under the Hot water tap, rubbing them between my palms with a wee bit of dish soap. Make sure they are very well rinsed and set them to dry on a piece of paper towel, or whatever you choose. Afer they are dry, I run a bristle cleaner tru each one to maintain the draught hole in them as they have a tendancy to swell where they enter the metal tip. In this manner, an 8 pack of filters lasts for approximately 400 smokes!
Interesting. I asked because Brian Levine mentions them on his radio show and one of his interviews, the Father, smoked them as well. I've never smoked a filter pipe to this point. Thanks for the points of difference between the Brigham system and the 9 mm style. Thinking back, Brian did describe the Brigham pipe as a system pipe (ala Peterson).
My brother in law has a Brigham and it smokes amazingly with the filter system so much so that if i don't end up winning the cartoon caption contest this month I'm just going to buy one haha. heres a pic of his.