Yep. I always ask where the draft hole comes out in relation to the bottom center of the bowl. High and/or off center can be issues on bents and longer shanked straight pipes.I ask Luca about a Costello oom Paul I was interested in if it would pass a cleaner and he sent me a picture with the pipe cleaner through it. Unfortunately the drilling was terrible because the hole in the bowl was way to the side instead of center.
Just bought an Occhio di Pernice 93 from Luca. His service is top-notch and my pipe arrived beautifully packaged in an old-school fashion via DHL in less time than USPS delivers packages from Longs, SC. Unfortunately, the finish on my pipe is disappointing. It's a contrast finish to accentuate the birdseye grain, but it's a weird purplish-grayish-brown on one side (not enough of the contrast stain not sanded off?) and with an obvious fill in an incompatible color. This is a Collection grade? That said, it smoked beautifully from the start, sans bowl coating, and it hangs effortlessly.
They don’t. It’s some kind of mental reassurance to some people that the pipe will smoke well. Which it certainly does not.I think it is nice that some pipe smokers can get a piece of wire and fluff to do a U-turn, but so what? I have bent pipes that will pass a pipe cleaner, a third to a half, and the others won't, and I clean them as far as the pipe cleaner will go, and clean the bowl airway when I take off the stem. No problem. The pipe cleaner passage fixation strikes me as similar to the dottle question. White ash and wire making U-turns are wonderful. I don't find that they matter much.
For me, the pipe cleaner question is more than a mental thing. Sometimes a piece of tobacco gets stuck in the mouthpiece or a pipe smokes a little wet. Then I like to solve things mid smoke by driving a cleaner through the pipe without having to disassemble it.
Yeah, this. Particularly true if you smoke some mixtures (as opposed to flakes) on the dry side. I got a box of SG Commonwealth a few yea s back amidst an SG shortage that was almost crispy critters dry. Smoked it any way, loved it, but I probably had to use 10x my normal pipe cleaner usage to clear the pieces plugging the airway.For me, the pipe cleaner question is more than a mental thing. Sometimes a piece of tobacco gets stuck in the mouthpiece or a pipe smokes a little wet. Then I like to solve things mid smoke by driving a cleaner through the pipe without having to disassemble it.