I think the Falcon system is near foolproof and consistently delivers a good smoke and should appeal to the frugal (Scottish) pipe smoker. The OP must have gotten a stem with an obstruction from the factory. Hope it gets solved as there are enough Falcon naysayers here!I've smoked a Falcon for many years and despite NOT being a serial pipe cleaner I've never encountered such a problem. Dry rings in my opinion are just a piss take to make money. I've never used them and neither have any Falcon users I've known over the years. I just give the reservoir a flick now and again to get rid of moisture and shove a pipe cleaner through every so often...which is not very often I must admit.
If not a blockage I can only think it might be a problem with the blend of tobacco you're using?
Absolutely terrific. You have promoted me to stick a Falcon bowl in my cart the next time I place a tobacco order.Update: - I have contacted Falcon directly and they say it is possibly a fault that has occurred during the moulding process, they have offered to send out a replacement stem.
I’ve got to say, when it comes to customer care, this is pretty spectacular - I emailed yesterday (Sunday night, UK time) and they responded within 12 hours to an email that I sent to their general enquiries email address. Good work Falcon Pipes!
I think every one should get at least on Falcon. They're far from my favorite pipe but they give a huge amount of bang for the price. I tend to smoke mine pretty regularly when in the mood for a shorter smoke (i.e. walking home a.k.a. the one time I don't want to spend extra time smoking).Absolutely terrific. You have promoted me to stick a Falcon bowl in my cart the next time I place a tobacco order.
I ended up asking a friend, who repairs watches, to see if he could maybe drill out the blocked pipe thinking that if anything went wrong, like drilling through the shank or something, then the kind people at Falcon had already replaced it so nothing ventured nothing gained, and he did. Not everyone has a friend with small drills though. It does seem to be an error when casting the plastic mouthpiece but when I contacted Falcon directly, they sent me another when I explained what was going on. To be honest, I really like the ergonomics and weight of them and I’ve been puffing away happily on them ever since.After many years of not getting around to ordering one of these, I ordered two a couple of months ago. I remember a neighbor of mine smoking one of these back in the mid 1960's.
Oddly enough, I have the same problem with one of them.
As it turns out, there is a small vertical gap in the casting, but not a round hole that will let me pass a pipe cleaner...
The other pipe has a distinguishable hole.View attachment 68011View attachment 68012