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I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by Goose55 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:25 am

I've had this smallish, sandblasted, bent, estate Ben Wade (not sure what you'd call the shape of the bowl), made in England, for some time now, and I've come to really like it. Has a good draft hole draw, and is light, and easy to clench. A bit of a nose warmer, too, just in time for cool weather. :dancingpie:

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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by durangopipe » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:57 am

Nice pun.
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by DepartedLight » Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:01 pm

Big Ben Wade. LL7 does very well in large bowls. Just sayin'.

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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by Bloodhound » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:01 pm

Goose that is a nice one...someday you are going to have to lay them all out on a table and take a picture...you have acquired some very nice pipes since you joint CPS
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by Rusty » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:25 pm

Perhaps you might leave the stem on that one inserted. It looks like it has an issue already. You might also consider getting it banded. Is the stem original?

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What are its dimensions?
It doesn't look like a Charatan. And there are some Ben Wade Brogues in that finish that really are obviously Charatans. It might be more modern than that and be a Duncan briar pipe - which means it's made at Walthamstow. What do you know about it?

As for shape - it looks like a bent Apple.
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by FredS » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:35 pm

Rusty wrote:. . .As for shape - it looks like a bent Apple.
I was going to go with a bent egg, but this Charatan/Ben Wade chart doesn't list eggs, but does apples.
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by Goose55 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:38 pm

Rusty wrote:What are its dimensions?
It doesn't look like a Charatan. And there are some Ben Wade Brogues in that finish that really are obviously Charatans. It might be more modern than that and be a Duncan briar pipe - which means it's made at Walthamstow. What do you know about it?
Shank cracked when I first attempted to insert the stem fully, so that I could take a picture.

Here is the original ebay listing of this pipe:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Vintage-Be ... 7675.l2557
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by A_Morley » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:27 am

Has anyone ever had a pipe that didn't smoke so well for a time only to have it somehow turn into a good smoker? My Perteson Sterling Silver billiard was like that. It was all sorts of hot smoking and bad tasting for over a year, despite regular use. All of a sudden that changed and now it is one of my favorite pipes.
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by John-Boy » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:54 am

A_Morley wrote:Has anyone ever had a pipe that didn't smoke so well for a time only to have it somehow turn into a good smoker? My Perteson Sterling Silver billiard was like that. It was all sorts of hot smoking and bad tasting for over a year, despite regular use. All of a sudden that changed and now it is one of my favorite pipes.
No. I guess because I don't bother continuing to smoke a pipe that's all sorts of hot smoking and bad tasting for over a year. I guess I'm missing out.
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by A_Morley » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:06 am

John-Boy wrote:
A_Morley wrote:Has anyone ever had a pipe that didn't smoke so well for a time only to have it somehow turn into a good smoker? My Perteson Sterling Silver billiard was like that. It was all sorts of hot smoking and bad tasting for over a year, despite regular use. All of a sudden that changed and now it is one of my favorite pipes.
No. I guess because I don't bother continuing to smoke a pipe that's all sorts of hot smoking and bad tasting for over a year. I guess I'm missing out.
I live in a perpetual state of bemusement and irritation as it is so I guess I have a high tolerance.
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by John-Boy » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:07 am

A_Morley wrote:
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A_Morley wrote:Has anyone ever had a pipe that didn't smoke so well for a time only to have it somehow turn into a good smoker? My Perteson Sterling Silver billiard was like that. It was all sorts of hot smoking and bad tasting for over a year, despite regular use. All of a sudden that changed and now it is one of my favorite pipes.
No. I guess because I don't bother continuing to smoke a pipe that's all sorts of hot smoking and bad tasting for over a year. I guess I'm missing out.
I live in a perpetual state of bemusement and irritation as it is so I guess I have a high tolerance.
Sorry. I'll send you a pack of pipe cleaners.
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by Goose55 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:09 am

Rusty wrote:Is the stem original?
I can only assume it is, for it was badly oxidized and I had to polish it. After polishing it, I wanted to make a photo of the pipe, so I tried to carefully insert the stem and the shank cracked at the end.
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by Rusty » Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:11 am

A_Morley wrote:Has anyone ever had a pipe that didn't smoke so well for a time only to have it somehow turn into a good smoker? My Perteson Sterling Silver billiard was like that. It was all sorts of hot smoking and bad tasting for over a year, despite regular use. All of a sudden that changed and now it is one of my favorite pipes.
Yep. These pipes I call "dogs". It's the bad taste specifically that results in that classification. There is something different about the briar and they ruin every bowl of tobacco. They're not very common. But if one persists (ie is stubborn) then eventually the tobacco byproducts produced by smoking seems to 'fix' the problem. The briar is seasoned or broken in and it stops. All that I've owned have become pretty good smokers. I still wonder why they're different.

Most pipes are pretty good within a dozen bowls of new. And for about 100 bowls the flavour of the pipe contributes to smoking pleasure. But not with these monsters. They take 50 - 100 bowls to overcome the awful flavour. It's miserable work but they're often very pretty pipes, like a pretty woman that is a b****. The awful taste has to be "smoked through". Dogs.
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Rusty wrote:Is the stem original?
I can only assume it is, for it was badly oxidized and I had to polish it. After polishing it, I wanted to make a photo of the pipe, so I tried to carefully insert the stem and the shank cracked at the end.
So the pipe arrived with stem separated from bowl, and you left it that way, so that when you inserted it, a month or so later, the shank cracked?
Did it squeal or was it difficult to insert?

Usually the joint loosens as it dries. It's tight when it's moist. What else, if anything, did you do to it after it arrived?
Most of us wouldn't particularly enjoy the pipe after this happens so I'm curious why you like it now.
I'm also curious why you keep going back to Ben Wade pipes.
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by Goose55 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:14 pm

The pipe has been a good smoker, even with the cracked shank
Rusty wrote:I'm also curious why you keep going back to Ben Wade pipes.
Because two of them have a nylon to nylon stem to shank connection, which makes it far less susceptible to such damage. I have two other Ben Wades, and they have this nylon to nylon fitting....

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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by Rusty » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:47 pm

Goose55 wrote:The pipe has been a good smoker, even with the cracked shank
Rusty wrote:I'm also curious why you keep going back to Ben Wade pipes.
Because two of them have a nylon to nylon stem to shank connection, which makes it far less susceptible to such damage. I have two other Ben Wades, and they have this nylon to nylon fitting....

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This has become my Nightcap pipe. Smokes that blend like a dream.
Ok but even a casual glance at your last Ben Wade shows that it has no shank treatment. So this isn't an explanation that works with this pipe. Plus the documentation shown in the auction strongly suggests that it's a Charatan Ben Wade. There is no Danish involvement in this one. So why did you buy it?
I'm not criticizing Ben Wades or you. It is an interesting brand, with now four different pipe making enterprises using the brand. The various Ben Wade products across the makers, that have used the brand, have very little in common. This in itself is a bit odd for one pipe brand. It appears to be a trend in your purchasing so I ask.
What about the other questions? I'm curious why the shank snapped. It's a mystery.
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by Goose55 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:00 pm

Rusty wrote:I'm curious why the shank snapped. It's a mystery.
I did carefully look at the original listing pics and I did not see a hairline crack. It cracked by inserting the stem. Too tight a fit

Its why I like the ebonite to ebonite fit shown in that previous pic
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by Goose55 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:29 am

I have a recently acquired bent Bartlett & Bickley Piccadilly estate pipe nobody else wanted on Ebay that I restored, and it's turning out to be quite a good smoker. It's got a huge chamber, and it's a system pipe, too. My only one.

Ebay pic before I restored it

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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by durangopipe » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:36 am

Looking forward to seeing photos of the restored pipe!
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by hugodrax » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:43 am

durangopipe wrote:
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:36 am
Looking forward to seeing photos of the restored pipe!
I'm pretty sure you already have and have said he did a good job. Could be wrong, but the Goosester has a hell of a penchant for reposting things ad nauseum. :lol:
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Re: I'm Starting To Like This Pipe

Post by Goose55 » Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:32 am

hugodrax wrote:
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:43 am
durangopipe wrote:
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:36 am
Looking forward to seeing photos of the restored pipe!
I'm pretty sure you already have and have said he did a good job. Could be wrong, but the Goosester has a hell of a penchant for reposting things ad nauseum. :lol:
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