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Follow up on restored Custombilt Stubby Bent Pot

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by sorringowl, Nov 18, 2010.

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  1. sorringowl

    sorringowl Purveyor of PAAD

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    A couple weeks ago I posted my latest resto: a Custombilt Stubby Bent Pot (here's the link):

    Custombilt Resto

    and I just wanted to do a follow up as this has become my new favorite smoker! I have dedicated it to straight Virginias for now, so that I can really explore its smoking properties, and man, I have experienced flavors in this pipe that I haven't before in my "mixed" pipes. The walls on this are almost 1/2" thick and I have yet to feel the bowl anything hotter than slightly warm. And for a pot shaped pipe, the tobacco chamber is still deep enough that I get a nice, long, smoke that really brings out the flavor of the tobacco.

    I have never really like the look of most Custombilts but I might have to get another to restore.
     
  2. Legend

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    I have a few Custombilts myself, and one Custom-Bilt (there is a difference). They are superior smokers and one of the sleepers I feel in the estate pipe market. I'm sure you will enjoy yours as much as I do mine. Good find and nice restore.
     
  3. sorringowl

    sorringowl Purveyor of PAAD

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    Just looked at mine to see which one I have (it's a Custombilt). I'm curious, what's the difference between the two?
     
  4. Legend

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    The Custom-Bilts, are the original Tracy Mincer pipes from the early days, 1940's or so. The name changed to "Custombilt" after he sold the brand.
     
  5. AndyLowry

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    The name changed from Custom-bilt to Custombilt in 1946, so a hyphenated one can be dated anywhere from 1934 to 1946. (Mincer didn't actually sell the company 'til 1953). Bill Unger has written a good history of the pipe, which is available right here.

    Keep an eye out on Ebay for Custom-bilts and you may be rewarded with an inexpensive lightweight piece of prewar briar. They float through pretty regularly, and my last one cost me $22. :groucho:
     
  6. Legend

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    I can't say anything bad about Custom-Bilts or Custombilts. Best bang per buck in my case. And the briar is awesome, so light for such meaty pipes, probably due to age.
     
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