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First Pipe Stem

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Whalehead King, May 15, 2010.

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  1. Whalehead King

    Whalehead King Balaenius Rex!!

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    Did you start with a bent or a straight pipe? Did that shape remain your favorite or did you change your mind?
     
  2. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Sales Account

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    I've always bought bents. I don't think I've ever purchased a straight pipe. I've got a couple sitting around, but they were byproducts of trades.
     
  3. noflex

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    My first pipe was a Stanwell bulldog #32. And I smoked straight for some year's then i got in to bent pipes and now it's what I'm in the mode for. But I'll say that striaght is easy'er to start with. But that's just my $0.02
     
  4. Cobra

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    I bought a straight initially almost forty years ago mostly because of a notion of how others might perceive a young guy smoking a bent pipe. That didn't last long thankfully, that was the only straight pipe I bought. Bents are the way to go. :goodjob:
     
  5. BluesGuy

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    I must do things bass ackwards....I started with bents and just lately am finding I like straights better.
     
  6. stummel bum

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    First was a straight. Didn't take to it so I bought a bent soon after. Mainly I just didn't know what I was doing. I was smoking really wet and I ended up sucking up the juice like a straw with the straight.

    Now that I know what I'm doing (sort of) I like to mix it up with a combination of straight and bent dependent on tobacco selection.
     
  7. Marc

    Marc Active Member

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    When I first started smoking pipes I bought bents and straights and did so for years especially when I started collecting Italian carved pipes then years ago I just started gravitating towards straight pipes and the billiard shape in particular and they are all I smoke now. There’s no tobacco I have smoked that does not smoke well in a straight billiard.
     
  8. t-bear

    t-bear Well-Known Member

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    Combination of both.
     
  9. CarlBC

    CarlBC Member

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    The first pipe I ever bought was a 1/4 bent meerschaum claw at a Tinderbox. I still prefer bent stem pipes, but I do have a fair number of straight stem examples in my line-up.
     
  10. Dondi

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  11. dubhdarra

    dubhdarra Active Member

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    i've maybe two non-cob pipes that aren't straight, and they're both about a quarter bend. just about everything i smoke is a straight billiard, though i do own a dublin, a poker, one pot, and one that i can't quite decide if its a short billiard or a tall pot. i've owned bent pipes i just never liked how they smoked or how they sat in my mouth and hand. maybe that will change some day. i doubt it.
     
  12. Mountain Man

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    Same here.I have 1 straight pipe,a Butz Choquin Belami Jr. Canadian,and I only keep it because of it's size.It makes a perfect 15minute smoke,but straight pipes just arent my thing.
     
  13. Marc

    Marc Active Member

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    Bent pipes make your face look droopy... :startle:
     
  14. Mister Moo

    Mister Moo Normal Cow Moderator Moderator

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    I started with a mixed bag and stayed that way: each has pros & cons.

    A straight pipe that's a tad too heavy or has the wrong bit or button won't clench.
    A bent pipe with a hink in alignment won't clear a pipecleaner or wants to gurgle.

    I favor easy-clench, not-too-heavy bents in the car and I'll lean to big, bad billiards when I am parked in a chair. But sometimes aesthetics makes the call for me. But then, sometimes, I like a featherweight billiard in the car and a monster bent out on the porch.

    Do I have to choose right now?
     
  15. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    I started with quarter bents, bought a few straights, and now my last couple purchases were quarter bents again. Guess decisiveness isn't my forte. I'm already entertaining a full bent, if only to put the curiosity to bed.
     
  16. Demented

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    Bent then, bent now! The one straight pipe I own (Ben Wade freehand Canadian) has an eighth bent stem.
     
  17. Demented

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    It's not the pipe :)
     
  18. Bri2k

    Bri2k Active Member

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    Sraights...I like the way they look.

    Still, everyone's got their own style.

    Bri2k
     
  19. Demented

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    I love the way straight pipes look, but I am literally the size of a door, 6” 3” wearing a size 60” coat. Dainty little pipes look silly sticking out of my face, and I can’t imagine a large straight pipe being comfortable stuck between my molars all day.
     
  20. Marc

    Marc Active Member

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    I'm 6' 1", size 52-54 and "dainty pipes" look good when I clinch them! :)
     
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