Discussion in 'Pipes' started by David Emond, Oct 19, 2012.
Are spigots only for visuals or does it give a certain benifit ?
My understanding is that they were developed for practical reasons, called military mounts, they allowed the disassembly of a pipe even when they were hot, without damage to the stem or stummel. Once broken down they could be stuffed into a pocket and carried without harm...
The only reason I've heard is that soldiers originally used shell casings to replace broken stems and that evolved in to what is now called a spigot.
It seems the only difference in a spigot and a basic military mount is that the bottom of a spigot's stem is encased in precious metal such as silver. I don't see any practical purpose for the silver so I suppose it is only to make the pipe fancy and more expensive.
I find my silver wrapped spigots to be tighter fitting than the straight non capped military mounts, don't you?
Of course I would think military mounts would be easier to produce then tenons, too, right?
I have one gold spigot. I hardly ever smoke it since I don't like shape of the bowl on it. That said, it fits together nicely.
One Peterson Silver Spigot I bought over 30 years ago is still one of my favourites. I don't know if the spigot has anything to do with it or if it's just that it's a very well made pipe that never gurgles or has any other bad habits.
Don't know how practical they are, but I'll take one of the Les Wood variation anyday!
Simple, I use them to turn the water on and off.
That's why you get paid the big bucks.
A spigot permits quickly and safely removing the stem for cleaning during and after the smoke. It also will help hold the end of the shaft together in case of cracking. The drawback (there always is a drawback) is that the pipe may fall off the stem and crash. This has only happened to me once, but it prevents me from smoking a spigot in the street because the pipe could be seriously damaged by a fall to the concrete.