Messed Up Rim/Bowl

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Feb 20, 2020
Washington DC
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I had recently gotten some older Peterson pipes on the cheap. When they arrived, I saw exactly why. I am new to cleaning/restoring pipes, and I needed ones like these to practice on.

The interior of the bowls on a couple look as if the previous owner reamed them with a Bowie knife. To called the existing shape a circle would be stretch, even in Picasso's world.

Question is what are my options? I don't think it hinders the performance of the pipe, but is it possible to have it sanded or whatever back to a nice circle shape?
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Aug 9, 2013
Outer Space
Pictures would help. And, they're very easy to do.

Yes, some out-of-rounds can be fixed, some not. I think the experts could better help you if they could see.
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Nov 13, 2019
really need pics.
you can probably fix some egging but maybe not all.
it's easier to fix it by chamfering the rim inwards and leaving an evenly flat "rim" on top.
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Feb 21, 2013
So-called reaming does more damage than anything else. Amateurs can kill any pipe with a real reamer, and anyone can do it with a knife. You can probably sand down the chambers so some will work for years. Others may tend to burn unevenly and char out the bowl. Everyone should know that if you can sacrifice building cake, and scoop and wipe out the bowl maintaining only a thin carbon layer, the chamber will never get smaller, and you'll never miss the cake. Just saying.
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