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How do Hardcastle pipes smoke?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by ChrisAtRGI, Feb 10, 2012.

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  1. ChrisAtRGI

    ChrisAtRGI Member

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    I am mildly interested in a Hardcastle billiard. I know they are made in the same factory as Dunhill but that only goes so far. How do they smoke? Light weight?
     
  2. t-bear

    t-bear Well-Known Member

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    I had a few Hardcastle pipes before I was seduced by the White Goddess....they are fine smoking pipes. I believe they are Dunhill seconds.........
     
  3. furious

    furious Junque collector

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    The older Hardcastles are excellent smokers generally and great bargains on that auction site. I have a few and they both smoke great.
     
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    I believe Ben Wades come from that factory too. I was looking at Hardcastles and BW's last weekend, the wades looked much nicer.
     
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    Hardcastle's are on par with Stanwell and Peterson, IMHO.
     
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    I think Lestrade has nailed it as far as an overall rating and smokeability. As a 3rd generation Hardcastle smoker they'll always have a place in my rack. They sometimes have fills [that's why they are not Dunhills] but often they don't. They are a solid well made pipe. I own vintage and modern and the quality has remained. Earlier offerings are smaller in the traditional English way while modern production is on the large side like a Ben Wade.
     
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    Dunhill merged Hardcastle with Parker in 1967. Parker currently makes the Hardcastles, so they are lower grade Dunhill pipes, and should be great smokers.
     
  8. ChrisAtRGI

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    Thanks for the info, and I was looking at new for this one. I'm looking for a black sandblast straight saddle bit. Dunhill and Davidoff both have nice fits but are out of my price range. The only others I have seen are Savinelli and Hardcastle. Probably will go with the Hardcastle.
     
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