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didimauw

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That's funny. I find it a little too chunky. I actually just sold another horn-stemmed Ropp because I just prefer a flat Vulcanite bit, but this Stout Pot is so well broken in at this point I couldn't part with it. By small/skinny I assume you mean narrow, which is true. The taper on the stem is a little too steep for my liking. The button is flat and doesn't bother me. Bottom line, I don't find it to be a great clencher. YMMV as always.
I think that's why I decided against one. I like smaller pipes, because I want to forget they're there. Some of those just look like a chore to clench. I think I'm just getting lazy as I get older.
 
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alaskanpiper

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I think that's why I decided against one. I like smaller pipes, because I want to forget they're there. Some of those just look like a chore to clench. I think I'm just getting lazy as I get older.
Need to get you a SmithHouse sir! Easiest pipes to clench I’ve ever owned. Incredible stemwork.
 
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Winnipeger

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I think that's why I decided against one. I like smaller pipes, because I want to forget they're there. Some of those just look like a chore to clench. I think I'm just getting lazy as I get older.
FWIW I've had some Ropp vulcanite stems that were SUPER comfortable. The nicest one was on a Ropp Superior Bent Egg. Effortless. The drilling though...:rolleyes:
 
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didimauw

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FWIW I've had some Ropp vulcanite stems that were SUPER comfortable. The nicest one was on a Ropp Superior Bent Egg. Effortless. The drilling though...:rolleyes:
I understand...as I have a LOT of work to do on one of my Rossi's .... I never should have taken the stem out....first time in almost a year since I bought it. busting out the files. Lol!
 
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AroEnglish

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Yeah, narrow is the word I was looking for. The button itself I didn’t take issue with, just wish the width of the stem at the bit was more like a fishtail.
Well that's an exaggeration, but yeah, it's narrow and thick.
Yeah, this is why I returned the Ropp stout apple I bought. The pipe was wonderful but the the narrow button was what made it unpleasant to clench. I’m guessing that could be due to the taper of a horn.
 
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alaskanpiper

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Never heard of them before now. Wasn't going to buy any pipes this year....

I saw his one pipe remaining on Etsy, and wow..... Beautiful work.
FWIW, he's very active on Instagram and sells most of his pipes directly there as they become available. His Etsy page is typically just pipes that fall through the cracks. They are also cheaper through Instagram.
 

alaskanpiper

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FWIW I've had some Ropp vulcanite stems that were SUPER comfortable. The nicest one was on a Ropp Superior Bent Egg. Effortless. The drilling though...:rolleyes:
I also have never had any issue with their vulcanite stems. It's annoying because many of their nicer pipes as far as the grain and finish, have the damn horn stems, hahaha. Including all the chubsters!

Contrarily, I've never had any issue with drilling or engineering on any Ropp I've owned, that being said, the only bent one I have is a churchwarden that remains unsmoked.