- Mar 7, 2013
Yup. Bamboo was never used on pipes (Western ones, anyway) until WWII when the briar flow stopped and pipe manufacturers wanted to stretch their exising supply. Since shank flaws killed more pipes during manufacture than anything else, being able to simply cut the shank off and replace it with something cheap and readily available became a Thing. Bamboo was one of the ways they settled on. After the war ended and the briar flow resumed, a small but steady demand for bamboo-shanked pipes remained.I’ve also heard that they became a popular way to conserve wood when briar became scarce, using smaller pieces of wood (not having to carve the shank from the block). Again, I have no clue about the validity of the claim.