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smooth vs rusticated

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by David Emond, Sep 4, 2012.

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  1. Johnny Dingo

    Johnny Dingo Writer of wrongs

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    I usually like a smooth finish for my pipes. But every once in a while, I'll see a rusticated pipe (real rustication, not the carving you see on some Dr. Grabow pipes) and I'll say, "Damn, that's a nice pipe." I like sandblasting, too. Then you have stuff like the steam- and gear-punk pipes that Nate makes that combine the two textures. Done right, the contrast is gorgeous. But the first "nice" pipe I get is gonna be a smooth finish.
     
  2. Apophis

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    I like black sandblasted pipes, but only the small ones. Sandblast does not look good on big pipes.
     
  3. StoneGiant

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    I agree, every smooth finish I have is hotter than a rusticated finish. Maybe a rusticated surface dissapates heat better than a smooth one? A science major I am not. (also replied before reading rest of thread, reading on in suspense to see if anyone has a better answer)
     
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  4. Tony Malerich

    Tony Malerich Active Member

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    I can't quite explain it concisely but I'll try my best - so your pipe is getting hot. Given that rustications often aren't THAT deep, the whole outer surface of the pipe will be more-or-less evenly heated. Because of the texture, you're actually coming in contact with less of the bowl so there are fewer places to transfer the heat to your fingers.
     
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  5. hansel

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    so i know less about this than i thought, i thought that sandblasting was rusticating?

    so whats the diff between the two?
     
  6. neoclassical

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    My 2 coolest pipes are blasted (Stanwell), and rusticated to where it looks blasted Sav), and I suspect this may be part of why they do.
     
  7. hansel

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    so how come longchamp wrapped there ****ty briar in leather instead of sandblast them?
     
  8. Hawkwood

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    I prefer rusticated and blasts for smoking but I must say beautifully figured grain on a smoothie [particularly 360 birdseye] is a wonder to behold.
     
  9. Old Codger

    Old Codger Well-Known Member

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    Prefer smooth finishes. Have two rusticated, one old Peterson meerschaum and one briar, that are now worn smooth in some places.
     
  10. Arkie

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    Sorry, no. Steel is a heat conductor. Wood is an insulator.
     
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