Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Ole Bob, Jan 30, 2012.
Why is it so important to keep the rim of the bowl so clean??
Moved to appropriate forum, as this is not a "Site Question".
It's only important if it's important to you or if you plan to resell the pipe. Otherwise, you can leave the bowl rim in whatever condition you desire.
Personally, I think it adds to the character of meerschaum pipes but I tend to clean it off briars. Don't ask me why - it's just my personal preference. And on your own pipes, you get to go with yours.
What he said.
All good comments!
I tend to keep the rims as clean as I can although I'm not religious about it.
Having said that: I bought a few Estates where the rims were so badly damaged/burnt that I sanded them down and kind of "restained" with black carnauba
Does some of the wax burn off when you light your pipe?
Yes, it does. It might even get absorbed into the wood! The thing is, when you sand the rim down the wood looks really bright and different from the rest so the burn and the darkening of the wood is quite a desirable effect.
Here are the three pipes that had this treatment.... sorry the piccie isn't great! Done it in a rush but I think you'll get the idea!
I try to keep my rims nice just 'cause I like my pipes to stay nice. Especially the smooths. I wanna see that grain!
I only clean the rim when my wife tells me to.
Oh. Pipes. Yeah, I don't clean the rim on those too much either.
I like to because of the look of the pipe. The rim does get darker but I try not to let it get completely black. I think it's personal preference.
That treatment actually matched up pretty nice, (nice set of straight shanks by the way)
I adore it on cobs. I would hate to "wash off the love."