Personally I like something that requires nothing to manipulate and can ride in a front pocket. RevisitingI'm mainly aiming toward the pocket tamper as far as what I'm looking to make, so I guess my next question here is; Are you happy with the tamp and scoop, like the common pipe nail, or would you rather have a tamper and a pick combo? If you were to grab one heading out the door.
I like that, but I agree, it should be metal. I'd prefer brass or steel. Really anything over pewter. Maybe bamboo, its pretty hard. I'm with you on the "nothing to manipulate" front. Pipe knives are neat but there's already a knife in my pocket. And if my goal is trying to simplify the Czech tool, it's even more pointless. The 8deco models with the ventilated tamper end are cool. Might be overkill but I dig it.Personally I like something that requires nothing to manipulate and can ride in a front pocket. Revisiting
This thread Id say it has to have a pointed end but nothing uncomfortable in the pocket.
This acrylic tamper is probably the best and simplest design that I'veView attachment 246141 come across and if I could find someone to make one out of brass or pewter I would.
the best one in my opinion is the 8 deco domed, ridged, and vented design. The dome is great for pulling the edges down, the ridges are great for flakes when the ash forms in an oddly solid way or to help spread the ash and tobacco evenly with a little twist, and the vents are great because you can keep drawing when you need to tamp and forgot to draw on the pipe for a while. Sadly lost it. Just fell out of my pocket.
That tends to be the case with all these kind of crafty things that I get into. During lunch at welding school awhile back I asked a fellow student how much he thinks he makes an hour with knife making. Sitting in front of a project, instead of a sandwich, he responded with "something in the mid to high 80 cent range."I can custom make that, but most people wouldn't want to pay what I put into it.
I really like this one the best. Good Xmas gift.
Should be?? Nah. If that's your druthers, that's for you.I like that, but I agree, it should be metal. I'd prefer brass or steel. Really anything over pewter. << Snipped bits out >>