At the end of the day, it's just a pipe. I can't tell you how many stems I've broken, pipes I've left out in the rain, or the one time I left one resting on my windshield wiper to remind me to pick it back up and was last in my rear window shattering into a million pieces on I-279.Jocose wrote: ↑Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:40 pmI ruined my pipe on purpose. Goose ruins his pipes thinking that he's doing something right.Rusty wrote: ↑Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:29 pmAfter that green sharpie on pipe episode I think you're calling the kettle black.Jocose wrote: ↑Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:26 pmYou're abusing your pipes.Goose55 wrote: ↑Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:10 pmHumidity level affects how easily or hard the stem inserts. I do not want to risk cracking the shank. I do not want to sand the tenon, or use graphite. We discussed this before. Pipes with reinforced shanks are much more durable, and one need not sorry as much about a cracked shank.Jocose wrote: ↑Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:03 pmWhy isn't the stem in correctly?Goose55 wrote: ↑Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:33 pmHere is the Bartlett & Bickley Picadilly System pipe I began to restore last week. Here it is with about 3 coats of Halcyon pipe wax on the deep sandblast. May need more, for it is quite rough.
My hunch is that the briar is maybe mostly bald, which would explain the deep blast, and it soaking up so much wax. But it's still O.K., as the moisture collection system channels moisture away from the chamber very well. In fact, I can actually pour out the moisture after a smoke.
Nobody has mentioned the 'chewie' prophylactic on the bit yet.
He's wrong. He's subversive. But he's harmless.