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Reaming?!?

Discussion in 'Need Pipe Smoking Advice? Ask an Old Fart!' started by The Big Fil, Feb 7, 2012.

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  1. The Big Fil

    The Big Fil Member

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    So I have my 4 pipe rotation,
    My knowledge of tobaccos and what I like is improving exponentially,
    I have my pipe tool,
    pipe cleaners and low sugar high alchohol booze for cleaning.

    But....

    I want to start reaming my pipes once a month, and the choice of different reamers is a bit overwhelming. Plus when looking at them it's not obvious how they work.

    Any suggestions?

    Phil :punk:
     
  2. IrishRover

    IrishRover Active Member

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    I have a Sr. Reamer.. but, I don't think you'll need to ream the pipes once a month. Unless you really do smoke that much?
    I've only reamed a few estates that I purchased. So far, that's the only need I've had for it.
     
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  3. The Big Fil

    The Big Fil Member

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    Oh really, ok well in that case I'll get me some more Navy Rolls instead, LOL...
     
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  4. IrishRover

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    :thu:
     
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  5. jpberg

    jpberg Moderator Moderator

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    I applaud your plan, but I'm in agreement that a reamer shouldn't be that high on your list. Buy and burn more tobacco, and one day you'll be loading your pipe and say "hell, where did all this cake come from?" Then we can have the discussion about needing anything more than a butter knife to ream your pipes.
     
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  6. The Big Fil

    The Big Fil Member

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    Yes sir!! :)
     
  7. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Dremel>butter knife. :)

    Yeah, a reamer is overrated in my opinion. Like Jon says, there are other options, and those easily obtained or on hand. Sandpaper wrapped on a pencil, f'rinstance. A reamer just seems...extraneous.
     
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  8. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

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    I like, use and would recommend the Rodgers Smokers Knife, Sheffield, England. A very well made and versatile pipe tool you can carry in your pocket, always handy when you need to scrape a bowl or unplug a draught hole.

    Look here, scroll down: http://www.4noggins.com/assortednecessarypipestuff.aspx
     
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  9. Jussto

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    I agree that you probably won't need one for a good while, but when it's time, you can't beat the Senior reamer. They can be found used on the 'bay sometimes for a great deal too.
     
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  10. Dondi

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    I agree, the first reamer I got was the Senior reamer, and I have no reason to regret that decision.
     
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  11. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    I'd say a pipe, smoked on a regular
    rotation such as yours, would warrant
    a reaming maybe once a year. Reamers
    adjust to the inner diameter of the bowl,
    then you start twisting. Adjust outward,
    and repeat until most of the cake is gone.
    Personal preference as to how much cake
    one wants to leave. Senior reamers work
    brilliantly, BTW. Got mine for free. :D
     
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  12. shadow

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    Hi Phil!
    The reamer I've used for the past 25-30 years is the Swiss made PipNet. Unfortunately it's no longer made but it does creep up on ebay sometimes.
    A fantastic piece of kit which stood the test of time!
    The senior pipe reamer is another good one and so is the Buttner.
    Sooner or later you might wanna get yourself one of those since they really don't cost much anyway and last a lifetime.
    Who knows: You might get some Estate pipes some day, for the fraction of the price of a new pipe, and then a reamer is invaluable.:bing:
     
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  13. Bear84

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    My reamer of choice tends to be the ever present Pocket Knife. I've not really ever had to ream one too drastically but a smaller (like a trapper) knife blade has always done a fine job of keeping an even cake in my bowls.
     
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