Has Anyone Given These a Try?

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acidpox

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Nov 18, 2018
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Ran across these on Amazon today. Was wondering if anyone here has tried them. I figured I may buy them to practice working on pipes and finishing techniques, also have them as knock around pipes or as gifts to people who are curious about pipe smoking but dont want to invest money. Any thoughts?
5 pack unfinished briar pipe

 

mso489

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It might be an interesting project. At the price, you aren't taking much risk. Some unfinished pipes, like Savinelli, are such that the fills and flaws are often minimal, the stems are good enough, and the pipes "finish" themselves over time, darkening and even developing a luster that can be quite handsome. My question on these would be, are the stems of high enough quality to be pleasing, and would the briar be sufficient to look reasonably good if you didn't carve or stain them. Pipes can last a lifetime, and most of us tend to keep most of the pipes we buy, so you don't want to buy pipes that just end up in drawers. The ones you don't smoke, just pass 'em along, I'd say.

 

workman

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It's not much of a gamble, as those 5 cost what 1 new of the extremely cheap brands go for. Do it.

 

acidpox

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Yeah, next pay check I'm getting them, be great for when I go kayaking and and camping and I've had a bit too much to drink, I always lose something and i hate for it to be one of my nicer pipes

 

aldecaker

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Hell yes! Go for it. They might even be surprisingly good quality. Some of the pipes they've sold on P&C's website have been new old stock French briar, and they're pretty damned good smokers, IMHO.

 

trouttimes

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Even if they are just so-so smokers, you will get experience in finishing pipes.

 

acidpox

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Yeah, next pay check I'm getting them, be great for when I go kayaking and and camping and I've had a bit too much to drink, I always lose something and i hate for it to be one of my nicer pipes

 

blendtobac

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I'm constantly amazed at all of the seventies' French factory pipes that keep popping up. We had some (as previously mentioned) on P&C and I've seen some elsewhere. They must have had pretty bad inventory control to have had so many pipes sitting around for 40+ years. But while most of these pipes would be considered smaller than average by today's standards, the ones I bought smoked like champs.
Russ

 

acidpox

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Yes, tracking says they sure be here tomarrow or Monday. Will post pics when they arrive.

 

trubka2

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Thanks for the post. I ordered a batch. Great gifts for friends and family who are finish carpenters and luthiers. Here's to hoping they get the pipe carving bug.

 

kola

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I like these:
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acidpox

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Well they just came in and I'm happy with my purchase. All the stems are vulcanite and the inside of the bowls are flawless. Drilling seems to be fine, but I'm no expert on that, a few have some nice grain patterns. They do have some cracks and voids on the outside of the bowl but I was expecting that. One does have a nasty crack on the stem but I believe I can fix it. At less that 8 dollars a piece it's a no brainer, your paying cob prices for briar. There's some pics.
Here is all if them next to a kaywoodie drinkless for size comparison.

Here's one of the basic kinda holes that need to be filled

And here's that nasty crack on the stem of one

Cant wait til I have some free time to work on and finish them

 

acidpox

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So I've been slowly working on the 1st one, turned out okay except the "rustication" job on the front I tried to do while pretty intoxicated to blend in a void I didn't want to fill. I still need to sand down the stem to better flow in the strummel, as you can see in one of the pics. I contast stained it black with yellow over top. Without further ado I give you the "Drunken Sunflower"





 

mso489

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Three or four of those will last as long as a pipe you'd buy for a few hundred bucks, and one or two might smoke as well. Also, without further finishing, these would darken and even develop a luster, as has happened for several of my Sav unfinished pipes.