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Finally bought my first briar....

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  1. Nuck81

    Nuck81 Member

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    Up till now I've only smoked cobs, but I finally scored my first EBAY win on a briar....

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Estate-SHER...m53e9ae1287&autorefresh=true&autorefresh=true

    Now, how to get rid of those teeth marks??
     
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    Congrats! If that truly is an Armellini, it'll be a good smoker. As for the teeth marks, the stem looks like it's Vulcanite, you should be able to polish them out.
     
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  3. Tanman

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    Now that's one sweet looking pipe; I've found out ebay could be a real addiction for me if I'm not careful; enjoy!
     
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  4. Nuck81

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    Thanks guys!!

    I really like the Oom Paul/Hungarian type look on a pipe. The price was right so I bid. Truth be told I had my eye on an Alpha that ends in a few days, but this'll do.

    EBAY is not a good place when you suffer from PAD...
     
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    Congrats. A cloth and a bit of toothpaste will take some of the discoloration off the stem and restore some of its luster. If the teeth mark dents are deep there won't be much you can do about them. If the carbon buld-up (pipe smokers call it "cake") inside the bowl is more than the thickness of a coin you might need to ream it out. You can use a knife if you are VERY CAREFUL to keep the tip of the blade from doing any damage. Just trim the cake back uniformly to the thickness of a coin. Again, be careful to not gouge into the wood.
     
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    That's actually pretty awesome to hear. I hadn't heard about the toothpaste trick. Thanks!!

    I have to admit, I'm slightly germophobic, the thought of my tongue rolling across another blokes teeth marks is making me wretch just a tad :puke:
     
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    The teeth marks look to me like it was a nice enough pipe for someone to smoke a good bit!

    As far as removing them goes, I have found that without a buffer or a huge investment, a 3-way fingernail buffer is about as good a way to go about it as anything, the coarsest grit will remove them, and the other 2 grits will polish it back to pretty much shiny. You should be able to find one at a beauty supply shop, there's usually one near every wal-mart. You want a buffer, not a file. Be careful with it, you can completely remove a button from the end of a stem if you aren't careful to keep the shape sharp. Don't remove too much material.

    Good luck, and I hope you enjoy it!
     
  8. ruffinogoldswife

    ruffinogoldswife The Mayor's Wife

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    Congradulations! Nice pipe and a great score!:D
     
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    Very nice.
     
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    Looks like a great pipe, Nuck! Good price, too!
     
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    Now that's a pipe.

    Welcome to the brotherhood of the briar.
     
  12. Nuck81

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    Thanks again!!

    I can;t wait till it gets here.
     
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    That's a big one! Looks like it'll polish up nice too! Good score!
     
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    I found one of the best ways for me is to use one of mama's very fine finger nail files to work the teeth marks out and then polish it up with Scrash Dr. from Walmart.
     
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    Congrats! excellent looking pipe...
     
  17. Beale

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    Congrats on the sweet Pipe! I really like that one! Beale.
     
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    I like it...nice job.
     
  19. Chuck S

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    Good find, man. Thats one nice Oom Paul.
     
  20. Mister Moo

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    Wet sand carefully with 1500-2500 to remove deep marks, then work through mid-range cloths to remove subtle scratches and oxidation. Finish with 8000-12,000 to make it shine like wet glass. It will take about 30-minutes of standing over the kitchen sink - slopsink if you have one. If SO complains about stink, keep putting stuff under running water.

    This is the poor mans buffer/polisher and it works perfectly to turn old vulcanite shiny.
     
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