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How long have you made a cob last?

Post by A_Morley » Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:34 am

I am sure that this will invite all manner of disdain and ridicule from the cob hating portion. I make no apologies as I am an equal opportunity smoker.

The cob is often seen as a relatively disposable pipe. It's practically expected that, sooner or later, the thing'll burn out the bottom and you'll need to spend the sawbuck for a new cob. I had a friend, an Episcopal priest and former pipe smoker, who confessed that the one thing he remembered disliking about a cob pipe was that as soon as they had started smoking really well, they'd soon be burnt through and useless.

That said, what's the longest you've managed to make a cob pipe last with regular smoking. I have two now, the only two cobs I currently have, that have lasted me three year and more, and that's with weekly or twice weekly smoking of them. One is a wood plugged Diplomat, the other is an all natural Missouri Pride that, despite all expectations, shows no signs of burning out.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by hugodrax » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:40 pm

I'll show you the shallow side of my nature: I don't treat my cobs with the same respect as my briar or meerschaums. I've had one last a few years before I left it out in the rain. My cobs are usually destroyed by rain.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by mustangii » Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:16 pm

I have 2, a freehand and a McArthur. They are both over 4 years old.

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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by coco » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:16 pm

A goat ate mine.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by Fainn » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:19 pm

I have a Washington that I've owned since 2010.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by Roadmaster » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:52 pm

Most of my Cobs are 10 years old or more.
I have several so a one Cob sees much action.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by joegoat » Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:16 am

I can get a year of daily use as a car pipe. By that point I've normally chewed through the stem and replaced it. The shank has come loose a time or two and been glued back in. The bowls are oversized and the walls are thin from multiple scrapings with a pocket knife. Personally, I think old cobs take on a lovely patina. I have yet to throw one away. I keep them functional and retire them to a shoebox.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by A_Morley » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:37 am

The stem on my Missouri Pride cob is chewed through and broken. This is a shame as it is my favorite and best smoking cob and I am sure that I could get a few more years out of it if a had stem for it. I need to rustle up a new stem, though I do not care for the term "rustle up."
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by Bloodhound » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:14 pm

If I were to buy a cob, it would last me for however long I owned it...because I would never smoke....Oh wait...I just re-read the post and it said, "...with regular smoking"...I'm out
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by A_Morley » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:25 pm

There's something to be said for the fact that I'm willing to smoke a cob while so many of you rubes act all mincy and shocked at the very idea. I wear makeup on a daily basis and I am also one of the only people here who owns and ascot. I own several ascots, in fact. Be this as it may, I still think a cob is a perfectly serviceable pipe and I'm not ashamed to smoke one. I favor a briar. A cob, though, smokes better than a meerschaum.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by DepartedLight » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:12 pm

5 years. Then I lost it. Original stem. My long lost PA Companion. And now there is the sadness of remembrance.
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Post by dennisthemenace » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:55 pm

I have two diamond shanked cobs that I bought in the '70s, one straight & one bent. Both are fine. Granted w/ all the pipes I have they don't get smoked very often.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by Bloodhound » Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:01 am

A_Morley wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:25 pm
I am also one of the only people here who owns and ascot. I own several ascots, in fact.
Where do you park them? Are any of them your daily driver? You must be a collector....I love those little British sports cars...but alas I am 6"3' and 275 lbs...so I wouldn't be comfortable in and Ascot. Would love to see pic s of your collection.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by Jocose » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:24 pm

You filthy cOBunists.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by Thoth » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:39 pm

Most of the time the stem gives up before the bowls for me. My first cob with almost every other day smoking lasted me about 2 years before swelled and developed a crack in the side of the bowl.
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Post by serapion » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:38 pm

I've got one that I bought maybe 17 years ago. Still going strong.


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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by durangopipe » Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:15 pm

My maybe three-year old cob looks like new.
Likely because it mostly sits in a drawer and I forget to smoke it.

Just ordered a couple of the new Devil Anse cobs - a cutty and an acorn, for the middle of the river.

And since I'm going halftime next year, they might come in handy if I need to panhandle. I wouldn't give money to anyone smoking a nice briar. Or maybe I would, now that I think about it.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by winter_hunt » Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:09 pm

Well... I was just in NY State for some work training, and I thought I better but a cob got a friend or two to get smoking.
A day or two later, after a dry, bland cigar I found a cigar shop with a decent pipe blend, and having only the cob - well I smoked it and bought another.
Right off the bat - great smoke!! And still smoking nice after 10 bowls or so.
I didn't bother breaking it in. Most of the time it gets 24 hours between bowls. So far it's up there with my meerschaum lined briar. Which I have often forgotten to let sit for 24, and I often smoke a partial bowl, put it down, pick it up hours later, etc. (Sporadic smoking?)
My Canadian red neck friend loves the cob I got him. Doesn't desire anything more.
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Re: How long have you made a cob last?

Post by CW Spook » Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:08 pm

I have a multiplicity of cobs, most of them about 3-4 years old, but one that goes back to my earlier pipe smoking days of 30 years ago. I don't think I've ever burned through a Missouri Meerschaum, but I did burn out one of the cheap Chinese cheapies that I got as a freebie with a P&C order.
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