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JLD66

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EDIT: Fixed Capitalization in Title (See Rule 9)

Does anyone know if their oom Paul’s will pass a pipe cleaner?
 
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hoosierpipeguy

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I generally ask the seller if the pipe effortlessly passes a pipe cleaner before purchasing. Don't make assumptions. I've seen straight pipes that didn't effortlessly passes a pipe cleaner due to poor drills. If I happen to bed looking at the pipe in person, I test it myself.
 

JLD66

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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.
 
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They kinda sorta do, usually. I have one that does with a wiggle, but I've seen another that absolutely wouldn't.
 
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craiginthecorn

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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.
 

oldgeezersmoker

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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.
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.
 

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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.

I agree. Corti provides a top notch service. But I‘m sorry to hear about this finish of your Castello. Would you mind showing it to us?
 
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mso489

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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.
 

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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.
They don’t. It’s some kind of mental reassurance to some people that the pipe will smoke well. Which it certainly does not.
 
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burleyboy

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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.
 

kokomanga

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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.

This is why I also ask the pipe cleaner thing. Well im still new, but I did try that mid smoke to resolve the gurgling / wetness and it worked.

Now I learned that I just need to dry my tobacco to fix the wetness.
 

oldgeezersmoker

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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.
 
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JLD66

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I would guess that would depend what a person’s standards of a well drilled pipe are. For myself it’s very simple, if they can’t or won’t line up the holes correctly then I don’t want it. Just ask some of the pipe makers who do it right they can explain it to you better.
 

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