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Czech Tool...

Post by JMG » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:30 am

I know the Czech tool has become a mainstay in the pipe world and I, myself, tend to keep quite a few on hand. That said, however, I have a beef with them. And not just them, but any tamp whose tamp end has that sort of "foot". My problem with them is that because of the foot it tends to pick up some ash on its top end and pulls it out after tamping. The ash then, of course, goes where it pleases and gets all over everything. I probably handle it a bit to carelessly, but was wondering if anyone else has this problem? I prefer a tamper that is has a solid cylindrical tamp end instead of the foot.
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Re: Czech Tool...

Post by JimVH » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:08 am

I have the uncivilized habit of wiping the residual off the tamper onto my pants or shirttail near my pocket. I don’t usually even realize I do it until Rita reminds me to stop in her own gentle way, knowing all along I won’t listen.

I haven’t noticed a difference in ash amount from one tamper style to another, but I do agree that a clean radius is better than that silly fold over part of the Czech tool.

I’ve all but quit carrying Czech tools. I rarely use anything other than the tamper and the poker and shovel things just get caught up on other stuff in my pocket.

Most of the tampers I carry now are wooden. A couple even have a little cake built up that doesn’t wipe off.
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Re: Czech Tool...

Post by Stanley76 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:12 am

My favorite part of using a czech tool or any tamper is when I am kicked back in my recliner (eat your heart out) and fill up my pipe with some rubbed out flake packed loosely to the brim of the bowl and then I light it and the tobacco swells up like beer foam except it is smoldering and I carefully tamp it down but little bits of burning, glowing tobacco fly/float up and waft down on my belly which is usually (but now always) covered in a shirt and starts burning holes in it and then I panic and start beating out the embers on my belly and then I forget I'm holding a burning pipe and then even more embers fly out all over me so I cover the bowl with my thumb and burn it and then more embers fly out and I almost set my shirt on fire and then when I wear that shirt to church my friends think I'm a stoner because it looks like seed burns from smoking pot and then I write about it on CPS in the longest run on sentence ever so Hugodrax can make comments like, "punctuation is your friend".
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Post by ryland » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:12 am

I agree. I like the other part of the Czech tool though because every so often when I tamp, tobacco will get in front of the draft hole and I have use the small part of the tool to unblock it.
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Post by Bloodhound » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:15 am

I quit using my Czech tools about 7 or 8 years ago when I bought a Brebbia Pipe Nail. I now have several and it is all I use. The Czech tools have a history for sure, but the pipe nail works better for me.
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Re: Czech Tool...

Post by Hovannes » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:17 am

I have a Czech tool but rarely carry it. Every autumn I lop off a few pieces of fruit wood while pruning, about 3-1/2" long, dress the ends with a bit of scrap of sand paper and call it good. My favorite is a grapevine cut on the "knuckles"---I've had it for about 5 or 6 years now :D
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Post by Goose55 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:13 am

I just give it a little tap tap on the rim of my pipe and I'm good. I like that it has that long poker which comes in handy to run down the sides of the bowl if the pack is too tight, or is burning unevenly.

Also, the "L" foot of this tool is very practical because it allows one to tamp the edges, keeping the ember smaller.
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Re: Czech Tool...

Post by Adam Z » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:32 am

I have two czech tools - one that goes in my pocket with me wherever I go, and one that stays at home as a backup in case I should happen to lose the first one. I like them. I occasionally use a tamper I bought in Colonial Williamsburg, or an old 45-70 shell, but neither of those has the little pick that comes in handy from time to time. I don't really worry about it too much if a little bit of ash comes up out of the bowl with usage - it just comes with the territory of smoking a pipe.
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Re: Czech Tool...

Post by Jocose » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:48 am

I dont use a Czech tool anymore. Not for the reason you stated but I have no use for the poker or the scraper.

I prefer a wood tamper or my finger.
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Re: Czech Tool...

Post by Hovannes » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:52 am

Adam Z wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:32 am
I have two czech tools - one that goes in my pocket with me wherever I go, and one that stays at home as a backup in case I should happen to lose the first one. I like them. I occasionally use a tamper I bought in Colonial Williamsburg, or an old 45-70 shell, but neither of those has the little pick that comes in handy from time to time. I don't really worry about it too much if a little bit of ash comes up out of the bowl with usage - it just comes with the territory of smoking a pipe.
I like using an old shell casing too!
I've got a piece of .30-30 brass around someplace.
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Re: Czech Tool...

Post by Roadmaster » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:51 am

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Re: Czech Tool...

Post by AFRS » Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:45 pm

I'm doing some consulting work for a Czech tool. As of Friday, I'm done. :cheese:

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