Testing the Draw Pre Purchase

PipesMagazine Approved Sponsor

.
.

Log in

Search on Site

SmokingPipes.com Updates

12 Fresh Brebbia Pipes
18 Fresh Moonshine Pipes
30 Fresh Estate Pipes
83 Fresh Peterson Pipes
12 Fresh Castello Pipes

PipesMagazine Approved Sponsor

.
Trevor Barton Auction Ad
.

Recent Posts

PipesMagazine Approved Sponsor

.
Trevor Barton Auction Ad
.
Status
Not open for further replies.

seanv

Preferred Member
Mar 22, 2018
1,761
2,758
Canada
I saw a guy putting multiple pipes in his mouth yesterday pre purchase at a b&m. I was grossed out, I don’t think that’s something you should do.

What are your thoughts?

 

mso489

Preferred Member
Feb 21, 2013
31,123
15,225
It's understood you can't put a pipe on your mouth or in your mouth before you purchase it. In my opinion, the man bought every pipe he put his lips on. On that score, you have to go by brand and reputation and hope for the best.

 

PipesMagazine Approved Sponsor

.
.

franbo

New member
Dec 21, 2018
26
0
When I started smoking pipes in the 80’s, I was encouraged to draw from the pipes before I purchased by the B&M pipe shops that dotted Boston. As a matter of fact, we would look into a mirror as well to see what style of pipe “fit our face” ... Times, and hygiene, have changed. You used to be able to try on various styles of fedoras and caps too, I’m not grossed out.

 

warren

Preferred Member
Sep 13, 2013
7,969
1,604
Probably happens more times than we'd care, as purchasers, to know about.

 

beefeater33

Preferred Member
Apr 14, 2014
2,644
361
Central Ohio
When I was in college we shared pipes and home rolled cigs, often with strangers, at parties.......... 'Twas a different kind of tobacco though......... 8)

 

chasingembers

Preferred Member
Nov 12, 2014
22,401
18,637
Normal behavior. Draw testing and pipe cleaner testing are part of the game. If you're going to pay hundreds of dollars for a pipe, you need to know what you're paying for. I would always take sanitizing wipes to the B&M when I would be going for a new pipe.

 

anthonyrosenthal74

Preferred Member
Jan 8, 2013
7,490
689
I'm kind of split on this one. I see both sides. I'm mortified by the idea of someone putting their mouth on a pipe, because after working in the food industry for many years, every part of me screams Ohmygodgross!!! But then I can understand wanting to check the draw or the stem feel of a pipe before spending quite a bit of money on a pipe. If there was some sort of disposable stem covers a B&M could use for such instances it wouldn't fix the problem 100% but might at least help.

 

sablebrush52

Preferred Member
Jun 15, 2013
11,190
6,224
Personally, there's no question for me. Keep your drooling lips off what isn't yours. You don't want to take the chance, then don't take the chance.

 

scloyd

Preferred Member
May 23, 2018
3,010
2,136
If you don't own it, don't do it. Once you purchase it...put it anywhere you want.

 

bullet08

Preferred Member
Nov 26, 2018
1,349
5,719
52
RTP, NC. USA
never even thought about it. not very sanitary. but i'm sure most germs will die within few min. lot of germs can't live very long outside of dark, warm, moist area.

 

jpmcwjr

Preferred Member
May 12, 2015
16,731
7,809
Monterey Peninsula
Not a germophobe, but with any new factory pipe I flush it out before the first smoke. Don't want to draw in dust, shavings, whatever from the factory environment. Estates get a fuller treatment.

 

5star

Senior Member
Nov 17, 2017
414
17
Personally, I can’t imagine putting a pipe in my mouth before buying it. If I later found there was a draw issue, I’d expect the retailer to take back the pipe. Also, the retailer would be expected to sanitize such an unsmoked pipe that was returned.

 

olkofri

Preferred Member
Sep 9, 2017
5,308
6,549
There's a reason why I always sanitize a new pipe before using it.
Ditto, even the ones I buy online. Heck, when buying from SPC I would go for the Fresh category only, don't wanna end up with a returned pipe.
Gross indeed.

 

hoosierpipeguy

Preferred Member
Jan 28, 2018
3,878
7,035
If your concern is draw,why not just run a pipe cleaner through it? Not a perfect test but better than swapping spit with someone.

 
Status
Not open for further replies.

PipesMagazine Approved Sponsor

.
.