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Flake pipe

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Jayson H Bucy, May 18, 2012.

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  1. Jayson H Bucy

    Jayson H Bucy Member

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    I've really, really enjoyed my recent foray into flakes. So much so I'm thinking of getting a 'flake' pipe. I'm thinking it would need to be a smallish chamber so I was thinking maybe one of Stanwell's featherweights but I'm not super excited about their available shapes.

    Then I thought about maybe trying to find a used Dunhill group 1 or 2.

    Then I thought about having one made.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  2. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

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    A small bowled Dr. Grabow billiard or pot, personally I use a Dr G Royalton Pot about a Dunhill size 4 bowl for Virginia tobaccos, it's the perfect size for me and I have several in my rotation.
     
  3. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    I smoke flake in lots of different pipes, but would generally rec something with a thicker bowl and heel shank (slightly bent Randy Wiley galleon is a "go to" for me). I also tend to smoke 'em in rusticated pipes, though I'm sure someone out there smokes flake in a one of a kind, paper-thin, delicate, flame-finished something....
     
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  4. DocB

    DocB Active Member

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    My "go-to" flake pipe is a Pete B16
     
  5. Old Ted

    Old Ted Active Member

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    Try them in one of the small cobs first, it's a cheap option - and you may be pleasantly surprised!
    OT
     
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  6. Jayson H Bucy

    Jayson H Bucy Member

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    I tried it in my MM Red and was extremely happy with the out come. I was thinking about going back and getting a couple of different MM's but it's hit or miss if my B&M has them in stock. I also still prefer smoking out of briar...but I might make an exception for the flakes.

    I was also looking at the falcon and kristin pipes. How big are those bowls?
     
  7. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

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    The standard Falcon bowls are about a Dunhill size 3 bowl and would work good for flake tobacco as would the pipe.
     
  8. Stonewall

    Stonewall Active Member

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    I do flakes in cobs mostly.
     
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  9. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Falcons are a good recommendation. I'd
    also suggest a conical bowled pipe. One
    can 'cannonball' a rubbed out flake in a
    conical bowl and have a wonderful experience.
    IMHO.
     
  10. Jussto

    Jussto Active Member

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    That would be me, ok maybe not one of a kind, but the rest of the description fits!... LTF in a Stanwell Sterling billiard all day long!
     
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  11. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Some flakes that are a little stubborn to being rubbed out might benefit from the thicker bowl..
     
  12. jdto

    jdto Well-Known Member

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    I've been smoking most of my flakes in my Tinsky bent bulldog and my Peterson Aran 80s. I tried MacB Navy Flake in my Peterson System 312, but it was a tight fit and I smoked it way too hot, which ended up putting a slight bubble on the rim.
     
  13. StoneGiant

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    my go to flake pipe is a savinelli pisa straight bulldog with a saddle stem
     
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