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May 9, 2021
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Can any of my learned friends here advise if any pipe makers made pipes with a matt finish to their stems?

I ask, because I have a Les Wood Ferndown with a stem that is completely matt finish, with no signs of polishing at all. I don't recall ever seeing any pipes with a matt finished stem, but of course they may well exist.
 
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Is it Cumberland or swirl ebonite/vulcanite? If so it will loose its shine and look flat. Black will too, but it usually oxidizes first. Cumberland oxidizes as well but it doesn't show as much.
 

SBC

Lifer
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Most old estate vulcanite stems are matt, just because they've dulled over the years. Apart from polishing to an extremely high grit, vulcanized rubber is very matt.

If you've only ever seen well polished ones, I'd guess that you've bought only new or freshly refurbed pipes.

If you want it shiny, you can do a lot with toothpaste.
 
May 9, 2021
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Most old estate vulcanite stems are matt, just because they've dulled over the years. Apart from polishing to an extremely high grit, vulcanized rubber is very matt.

If you've only ever seen well polished ones, I'd guess that you've bought only new or freshly refurbed pipes.

If you want it shiny, you can do a lot with toothpaste.
SBC,
Many thanks.
As an estate pipe, the stummel is in excellent condition.

Smoke Wagon mentioned that oxi-clean could leave the stem in a matt texture, which I believe was discussed in another thread.
 
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Lifer
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"Yes it can be brought back..."
That was kinda where I was going with this. I wasn't sure if the stem had been damaged during a soaking in some cleaning product. Or had in fact been left matt from production.
I think I've seen new pipes with a matt finish before. Maybe post a picture of it if you can someone might know.