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My new collecting focus-pic heavy.

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by cigrmaster, Nov 10, 2012.

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  1. cigrmaster

    cigrmaster Member

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    I have been on a mission to re work my collection so that I have pipes that I look forward to smoking and not pipes I smoke because they are there. In that pursuit I have been collecting North American artisans, I had my years of collecting Italians, Danes and English pipes but now I feel a duty to support our guys and honestly I love the work they have been coming up with and their prices are much more in line with reality. I have owned Formers and Barbi's and Balleby's and Matzhold's and Castello's and plenty others and in my opinion our guys produce better pipes money aside. I am also focusing on pipes that are group 4 and 5 and weigh around 50 grams or less. I am buying certain shapes like Dublins, Lovats, Billiards and other classics. So in that pursuit here are a few of my latest No. American pipes.
    First is a Rad Davis Lovat. Group 5
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    Next up is a Jody Davis Cardinal Grade. This pipe was an estate piece and very lightly smoked. Group 5
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    Finally this one is a Steve Morrissete pipe that was only smoked a couple of times because there was still mostly bare wood in the bowl. Large group 4
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  2. Mount Mandolin

    Mount Mandolin Active Member

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    You have impeccable taste, sir. :toast:

    What are the inserts on the Rad and the Morissette? They are so sharp. I'm a huge fan of Cumberland stems as well, and those are some pretty ones.
     
  3. Tony Malerich

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    Some absolutely lovely pipes there! I particularly enjoy the first -- that blast is gorgeous!
     
  4. jdto

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    I like your version of PAD. Very nice pipes.
     
  5. cigrmaster

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    Thanks guys. I know that the shank treatment on the Rad is Spalted Tamarind. I am not sure on the Morrissete. I know who the original owner was so I will try and find out. I am also a big fan of the cumberland look, there is just something about it that makes a pipe look great.
     
  6. cigrmaster

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    I just realized I had already shown you guys my latest Rad, sorry about the double post of that one.
     
  7. jdto

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    Post it a few more times, I won't mind :)
     
  8. user2725

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    That Rad Davis looks like a gift from the pipe gods, utter perfection.
     
  9. cigrmaster

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    Thanks guys. Here are a few pics of a Dublin I had commissioned with Rad. It was the first time I had ever had a commissioned piece done and I was ecstatic at how it turned out. I have a few more in the works with Rad.
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  10. Russell Hartman

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    Nice pipes---VERY VERY nice pipes----that ring grain is SSCCHHWWEEEET in those Rad Davis pipes. The grain in the bottom one you have pictured is super nice too. All in all---VERY nice pipes there fella.
     
  11. Basil Meadows

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    If those smoke just half as good as the look...WoW!! Very nice!
     
  12. Stonewall

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    Rad Davis can rock a chunk of wood. Love his stuff.
     
  13. IrishRover

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    Whew! those are some gorgeous pipes!! :th1: :th1:
     
  14. Stinger4me

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    I wonder if there are any Malaga pipes available. He was based in Royal Oak, Michigan.
     
  15. County Mountie

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    Rad is... rad
     
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  16. Capt

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    Beautiful collection Sir!
     
  17. UberHuberMan

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    Those are some beautiful pipes. I can't help but notice how sweet the button work is on all four of those pipes. Those guys really know how to make a comfortable and reliable smoker. Great choices, all! :thu:
     
  18. SmokeyJoe

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    Ya know, there are several PSF members / pipe makers that deserve a look see....
     
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  19. Hudson

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    I salute the direction you're taking your collecting and am star-struck of your Rads. I have a similar direction though on a much more humble scale. I have managed estate models from Tinsky/Wiley/West/Arthur/Nachwalter but have never commissioned a pipe and I would guess that it's quite satisfying.

    I look forward to seeing more of your collection.
     
  20. cigrmaster

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    Thanks for the nice comments.

    Uber, the buttons that Rad creates are the most comfortable in my collection, it was one of the first things I took notice of with my first pipe from him. Up until my first, I did not realize what I was missing in the comfort department. I never knew how much a buttons design could impact the over all experience. Now when I look at a new purchase, I look at the button very carefully.
     
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