Good point Harris and I don't mind the teeth marks but my stems on my MM cob and MM hard wood were getting destroyed to where the tips were actually ruined because I was clenching so tightly. I do believe it was worse with my cob because it's a bigger heavier pipe.My pipes are meant to be enjoyed so tooth marks are just one of the things that comes with the territory. I am not so anal that a few tooth marks are going to take away any pleasure I get from smoking the pipe the way that is most comfortable for me. I also find that tooth marks are like scuffs on an old pair of comfortable shoes, they add character.
To think... The button actually serves a purpose. :lol:I use a method that I call the "hanging clench". I hold the pipe in my teeth right behind the botton and let it hang from my mouth. This allows me to have my hands free without having to bite on the stem.
:rofl: That's exactly what my wife would do!!!Well, at least it's good to know that the drool does scale down. Meanwhile, if I can only avoid the embarrassment of my wife or somebody taking a picture of me wearing a bib while I'm doing yardwork and sticking it on facebook. [8O]