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The revenge of the cobs!

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by hoss, Aug 9, 2010.

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  1. hoss

    hoss Member

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    Well, messin with cobs has proven a downhill slide. (Surprise!) After picking up my first one - a Country Gent from Dave @ Walker - it didn't take long for my resolve to crumble. Next thing i knew there i was, phone in hand, a retailer friend on the other end of the tele...

    Here's what arrived via today's post:

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    Now the tally has grown to 3 in total over the last few weeks, including one briar lookalike (which my brother carved for my birthday). :thumbsd:

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    I'm scared to think further of the ramifications of such an invasion. I guess this is the revenge of the cobs for me not paying them enough attention earlier on. So far i've really enjoyed my Country Gentleman, but this freehand is really a nice, solid piece - thick too. I can't stand it any longer! I've got to grab some 50/50 CH/SG brown twist and go give it a shot!

    ONE QUICK QUESTION FOR THE FREEHAND EXPERIENCED FOLKS:

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    Thanks! I'm off to the patio... :thumbsu:
     
  2. Sasquatch

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    One easy way to really apply some focused pressure at that area is to "whip" it, this is done with a waxed string, nice and neat

    Have a look here - this shows the thing, and there's a little "instructions" link!

    My link
     
  3. Longrifle3006

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    hm red letters at the top of the description "these products are no longer available"...
     
  4. Deckard

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    You could probably find some at any hardware store worth its salt.
     
  5. Falconeer

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    Hey some nice pipes there - particularly like the cob lookalike your brother msde for you. You are right about the Freehand; it's agrand smoker but that part of the stem is its weak point. Mine split, but I fixed it with woodglue - whipping's the more elegant answer but I'm just using a zip tie, an idea I got from one of the guys here.

    Many Happy Years with the pipes!

    Gerry
     
  6. hoss

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    Not a bad idea. Looks like the easiest solution. I'll kick the idea around and see what the wife might have laying around in her sewing drawers. :hang3:
     
  7. Puff The Magic

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    Congratz Hoss! You'll get some great "mileage" out of those cobs! I see you've found the MM Freehand's "Achilles Heel"! Yup, it'll split on ya if you push the stem in just a "tad" bit too far. Or accidentally drop the pipe. The stem needs a band similar to your "banded" cob. Or the shank made from a harder wood (Oak, as used in Jake Hackert's cobs), but Jake goes even "one better", he uses a cut mortise-tenon joint where the stem "butts" up against the end of the shank. The MM and Walker bros both use the weaker "tapered tenon" style mortise-tenon joint.

    A bit of history: Tom Sawyer used to tie his shanks up with string......you see he suffered from split shanks too!

    Like Gerry, I "zip tie" my shank for "immediate" cure/prevention but am looking for a solid ring or something similar to the Walker "banded" type of rig but with the zip tie in place, she smokes fine, no splits, no worries. Sure, it looks a little funky, but as far as cobs are concerned, a little bit funky is ok by me.

    Enjoy your cobs! :hang3:

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    Ed Puff!
    cogito ergo puff
     
  8. thetobaccophile

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    just got my first pipes yesterday, all cobs ;-) Really liking the Country Gentleman!
     
  9. Unforgivin

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    Great looking smokers. I have a small cooler with at least 7 different cobs and love every one. :cheers:
     
  10. hoss

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    Interesting. In my quest of pondering "cures" i did consider a little whittling of the tapered bit to do just this. It's one of the only 2 ways i could conceive of taking care of the problem: ( a ) strengthen the shank or ( b ) adjust the fitting of the bit to a different style. Good to know someone has already taken this step. Perhaps i'll look him up on the next one. :cheers:
     
  11. Puff The Magic

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    Even if you made a "butt-stop" for the tenon and some light whittling of the shank, you're still have a great chance of splitting the shank. Although less of one since the tapered tenon won't go it beyond the butt-stop. That naked taper scares the hell out of me on the naked pine though. Hope MM works this out and kicks up the Freehands a notch or two!

    The shank end needs a collar that won't "give" or stretch. Waxed twine may work, but I'd rather have a collar of metal, or a metal ring. The MM shank is pine (very soft) whereas the Hackert shank is oak. The oak combined with the butted mortis-tenon works great! Nice and solid and very strong.

    I'd still feel much safer if the oak shank still had a metal band though.

    :cheers:
    Ed Puff!
    cogito ergo puff


    edit: I've also tried to reinforce the stem end of the shank by saturating it with superglue and let it dry completely. I used a good bit so the shank end was soaked! Well 3 days later, it split again! I was getting ready to go out for a smoke with it to try it out! So, I went to the immediate cure of the zip tie. It works, they're inexpensive, last as long as the pipe (gives me plenty of time to find the right "thing") and I look at it like a "Modern day Tom Sawyer" sort of fix.

    Enjoy your cobs from one cobhead to another! Welcome!

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    Ed Puff!
    cogito ergo puff
     
  12. chambers11283

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    Those are nice pipes, i like the one your bro made it looks really cool. Now i guess i will have to rember this post soon i have my freehand cob in the mail as we speak, and i dont want any splitage so i have more zip ties than i can think of laying around my house so i may go that route, like puff said its a cob its not supposed to be pretty lol.
     
  13. Mister Moo

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    I have whipped a thousand mooring lines and, oddly enough, I've recently whipped a pipestem (see $9.00 block Meer- the explding pipe) and a flyswatter paddle onto a stick from Kazakhstan - long story. If you care to bother buying some, use marine whipping cord which is pre-dragged through beeswax, otherwise use a 5- or 6-cord thread; I have spools of it here if you want a few yards.
     
  14. Puff The Magic

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    Damn Moo! That looks like you can fish with it too! That is "REINFORCEMENT"! I may have to consider doing something like that down the road if this zip tie needs replacement or by a command decision to replace it (by CINC Puff, commander in chief). thanks for sharing your "whippin" capabilities there Moo, tie anyone up lately? :startle: :)

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    Ed Puff!
    cogito ergo puff
     
  15. WillH

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    Geeze! Great minds.

    My first repair option was an adjustable hose clamp - got that manly look!

    Did this a month ago. Plain ole' string and spar varnish! So far so good.

    Will
     
  16. Puff The Magic

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    Good job Will! The MM Freehands (Standards and CCSS) are such great pipes, large, manly, rugged, nice long smokes. Only complaint I have with them is their wimpy shank-stem joint. I can't believe MM hasn't put a band/collar around that stem-end. ALL of the other MMs do. So why not the Freehands? Oh well, it's a great pipe nonetheless and I enjoy smoking the daylights out of them.

    Hmmmmmm, wonder if Hackert would do an Antler'd CCSS? I'll have to check on that.

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    Ed Puff!
    cogito ergo puff
     
  17. Unforgivin

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    Looks like a job for...........Duct tape! :thumb:
     
  18. hoss

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    Thanks for the generous offer, MOOster. I'm sure i'll find SOMETHING between the shop and my wife's sewing supplies that will fit the bill here. I'd really like to put a metal collar on it, but tying it would definitely be easier. A dark thread would probably look good on this one too, since it's got the stained bowl. Either way, thanks again for the offer! :flowers:
     
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