Museum Quality Wax for Briars

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Dec 10, 2013
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+1 For Halcyon and Paragon, I use both. đź‘Ť


Food grade micro wax ? Hmm.
 

sablebrush52

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Hmmm. Chapstick? My father warned me it could become addictive. So I use it only when the chapping starts.
Bingo! I was wondering how long it would take till someone pointed that out, not the addictive thing, the petroleum distillate thing. People are in contact with petroleum distillate products constantly, especially if they’re attempting to avoid accidental replication while engaged in coitus.

As I recall, these microcrystalline polishes are carnuba in a suspension that evaporates away.
Risk? What risk.
If concerned about risk, avoid what’s in the bowl, rather than what is outside of it.
 

LotusEater

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Apr 16, 2021
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Anyone know where Paragon or Halcyon can be purchased?

The link provided in this thread seems to take you to a dormant site - none of the tabs on the page it links to are working.

I know both Halcyon and Paragon used to be available from an eBay store but that doesn’t seem to be the case any longer.

Smoking Pipes had Paragon at one time but they don’t have any now.
 
Dec 10, 2013
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Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Anyone know where Paragon or Halcyon can be purchased?

The link provided in this thread seems to take you to a dormant site - none of the tabs on the page it links to are working.

I know both Halcyon and Paragon used to be available from an eBay store but that doesn’t seem to be the case any longer.

Smoking Pipes had Paragon at one time but they don’t have any now.
Yes. Please enlighten us.
 

Puffaluffaguss

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The Renaissance wax is a museum quality wax used by many for restoring antique wood and silver to a more appropriate shine for museum pieces, which might not be as shiny as we want our briar, but it is safe, the only thing is the smell of gas that gets me, I'll use it on old estates that I want to keep less shiny then a carnuba waxing.
 

crusader

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+1 for the heat gun. I will lightly buff the blasts with carnuba and then heat with the gun and then hand buff with a microfiber towel.
 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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I really enjoy not using wax on my pipes. I have some I bought new I've had for nearly forty years. I buff them off after every smoke with a slightly abrasive cloth or paper towel. I don't like the residue of wax or polishes, and don't want the shiny new look, rather the enjoyably used aura. This includes the first pipe I ever bought, a Tinder Box St. Ives sourced from one of the French pipe makers, still smoking and looking fine.

Incidentally, I use a paper towel after I scoop out the ash each smoke, leaving a thin carbon layer but not building cake. This keeps the chamber at its original diameter and eliminates the need for reaming which preserves the briar.

Some love to build cake, and bless them, but this works for me.
 

JOHN72

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Sep 12, 2020
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I don't know if it is effective, sometimes I have used almond oil, virgin olive oil, and even coconut oil or coconut butter. Logically to the outside of the briar pipe. A small tear. It looks amazing, but I don't know how effective it is. The result is fantastic. I mean, they are not abrasive, they are natural. I don't know what the results will be over the years, applying this to heather wood. But it's just a novice's experiment.
 

AJL67

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May 26, 2022
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I've heard of the Life Savers museum and museum of mustard, but a wax that is museum quality would probably make for a small museum as there aren't that many waxes out there.

Unless of course you mean

 
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Dec 10, 2013
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Some time ago I studied the productsheets ; renaissance, P. and H. wax.
It occured to me that it all , more or less, comes down to the same.
As memory serves correctly the Renaissance - , or museum wax offers the highest melting point.
Food grade makes no sense to me, it is chemical stuff. The odd smell of white spirit quickly evaporates.
The renaissance is my favourite for both smooth and sandblasted/rusticated bowls.
Stems are waxed with Walker's carnauba wax. The tiny jar is ancient, but seems to last forever.
 

Lucashly

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Some time ago I studied the productsheets ; renaissance, P. and H. wax.
It occured to me that it all , more or less, comes down to the same.
As memory serves correctly the Renaissance - , or museum wax offers the highest melting point.
Food grade makes no sense to me, it is chemical stuff. The odd smell of white spirit quickly evaporates.
The renaissance is my favourite for both smooth and sandblasted/rusticated bowls.
Stems are waxed with Walker's carnauba wax. The tiny jar is ancient, but seems to last forever.
Renaissance is my go to for years.
 
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Sobrbiker

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I have and use Renaissance Wax, but more as a protectant than a shiny pipe maker.
I also rub it on the reviver of my early seventies Winchester 94’s that are made of mystery metal alloy.

It does make my lips tingle in stems if it hasn’t been much time after buffing by hand, perhaps the carrier of the micro crystalline hasn’t “flashed off” by then.