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Briar Lee

Lifer
Sep 4, 2021
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Humansville Missouri
I think you’ve got that backwards. The early Syncrostem (1929) mortise assembly was threaded on the outside to mate to the shank. Long before Lee showed up.
I only own a couple of very early (late 20s early 30s) Kaywoodies and neither have the slightest problems.

In fact of the at least a hundred Kaywoodie pipes I once owned (and sold off all but the best 4 hole stinger versions) only a very, very few have pulled the mortise out, and none the stem like the OP.

Some of the later, varnished 3 hole stinger pipes had shallow threads on the mortise. Earlier versions that popped out seemed ribbed, as though pressed in place.

Just before WW2 American pipe makers churned out about 30 million pipes a year, and Kaywoodie bragged 11 million were theirs.

KB&B had a virtual monopoly on high grade briar, until Hitler’s U boats shut off supply.

Late thirties Super and Flame Grains used the best briar the world will ever see again. Kaywoodie showed X ray machines they utilized to scan 200-400 year old briar roots the size of big color console television sets.

Then the war forever ended the use of briar of this grade.
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This is a large ball, Drinkless registration stamped 4 hole pre war not marked imported briar Flame Grain #13 Dublin..

Lee never equaled this pipe, but nobody else did either.

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Be extra careful to keep an old Kaywoodie clean, and don’t abuse one.

If the mortise or tenon pulls out, it’s time to send it to Briarville.
 
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Briar Lee

Lifer
Sep 4, 2021
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Humansville Missouri
My late 1920’s, early 1930’s (1928-1932 - When the patent was initially applied for, and granted) work just fine as well.

The early PAF has a larger, diffferent shape clover leaf. I base that off the examples of later pipes 1932-1938 I have.

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The late twenties until about 1940 Kaywoodies also have an indescribably luxurious finish, both for briar and stem.

Remember, there is an utterly devastating economic depression going on, especially in the early thirties. The market is flooded with good fifty cent briar pipes, and a Kaywoodie is $3.50, then a $5 Super Grade, and in 1937 a $10 Flame Grain. And they sold millions of them.

A Depression era Kaywoodie is worth another stem, if it needs one.
 

OzPiper

Lifer
Nov 30, 2020
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I finally got around to addressing this Kaywoodie issue. Using the heat
gun and gently turning the tenon I got it out. As you can see the stinger
appears “welded” in the tenon from old tar. It’s currently soaking in an
alcohol bath. Hopefully that will soften the gunk so I can separate the two.

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:poop: happens when shanks and mortises don't get cleaned out often enough 😝
 

Sobrbiker

Lifer
Jan 7, 2023
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Casa Grande, AZ
I finally got around to addressing this Kaywoodie issue. Using the heat
gun and gently turning the tenon I got it out. As you can see the stinger
appears “welded” in the tenon from old tar. It’s currently soaking in an
alcohol bath. Hopefully that will soften the gunk so I can separate the two.

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Did you ever get them apart and back together?
 
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