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Checking out shapes

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by ruffinogold, Dec 31, 2010.

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  1. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    Often when I'm at the computer smoking I'll look at pipe shapes . I like funky or unique ones but I find the most interest in the varied traditional shapes . I'm amazed at how a billiard , for example , can be presented in a ton of ways . The same shape but the proportions make the difference . A tapered stem or saddle stem . Etc . This is one of my favorite links on the web . Theres also a link to a 1940's shape chart as well . I've got a dozen Kaywoodies or so . The # 28 ,13B , o4 and 39 jump out as favorites . I post this cause maybe you'll get sucked in the way I do w/ these shapes ... http://pipepages.com/kwg-36app1 . I've long looked for a 50 B bulldog - round shank ... but I've never found one
     
  2. Hothog

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    Looking at pipe shapes is fascinating. That's what make pipe smokers build up huge pipe collections. The only pipe that I don't like is the Porche design. This is a dangerous pastime because it makes you run out and buy a new pipe. My current favourite shape is the Bulldog with 2 rings on the bowl. This is the Porche Pipe

    http://www.uncrate.com/men/culture/smoking/pipe-909-by-porsche-design/
     
  3. Falconeer

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    Hi All,

    Thanks for posting Ruff - there's hours of fascinating reading and study in there; though it's maybe not a totally innocent passtime!

    My own tastes run to the more conventional shapes - but like you I'm amazed at the number of variations possible on a theme.

    Once again - Thanks for Sharing

    Gerry
     
  4. morleysson

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    I'm a fan of KWs for their continuation in adhering to the classic shapes, especially the billiard, and for Custombilts w/ their minor variations on the traditional shapes. I looked at my racks and counted billiards, apples, and dublins (all straight stems) representing more than 80% of all my pipes. When I was younger, I was entranced w/ the freehands and the large 'clunky' pipes, but soon realized that the classic shapes w/ slightly smaller bowls offeredthe optimal combination of pipe and bowl size for an ideal smoke.

    Fine post. Thanks.
     
  5. Bri2k

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    Concur, morleysson! Those small, slim billiards (27 & 29 on the 2nd page) are very nice and remind me of Grabow Larks.
     
  6. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Great link, Ruff! Like those
    facetted Kohinoor shapes
    for some reason. Guess I'd
    never seen something like
    that before. Nice.

    dp
     
  7. Mington

    Mington Well-Known Member

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    While we are here and talking about shapes....
    What makes a pipe a Billiard? What is the definition of a Billiard pipe?
     
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  9. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    The Kohinoor shapes I'd like to have even more than the round shanked bulldog but I figure theres no way I'll ever see one . If any are around I'm sure theryre in somebodys collection . They are super cool !
     
  10. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    here's an example of why I like shapes . Heres two Kaywoodies [ saddle billiards shape 04 and 51s ]..... http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab13/ruffinogold/Pipe Collection/P1010013.jpg . I think theyre the same lenght and height . The bowls are basicly the same . Yet the 51s has a fatter shank thus a wider saddle where as the 04 has a slender shank and saddle . The difference in the way these pipes feel is pretty huge . The 04 is elegante where as the 51s is more like a " sport " sized pipe and feels heftier . The pic isnt all that great but the 04 is a about a 16' longer . Probably boring to some but I really dig these nuances .Here they are in the 1947 pipe shape guide ... http://pipepages.com/kwg-47app4
     
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