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Cleaning A Falcon Pipe

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deyo67

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I have several Falcon pipes that I bought used and needed a good cleaning.
The problem I had was the inner tube was quite dirty, so after many pipe cleaners soaked in
Rum 151 I did get all the old dirt out.
But, the outside of the Falcons have the finish coming off, literally sparkles are coming off of them.
Is this normal with the aluminum Falcon pipes.?
The older metal ones do not do this.
Thanks.
 

Mister Moo

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Don't know about Falcon cleaning sparkles.
Do know about Falcon cleaning bits.
They are not made to be removed, twisted, pulled off, etc.
 

User3940

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Are you sure it is a Falcon and not a Twin Bore. A Falcon has a metal body. The Twin Bore has a plastic body with chrome paint, and the paint will peel off, especially if soaked in alcohol.
 

deyo67

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Yes they are Falcons. Glad it has happened to someone else here.
These 2 are the made in USA ones and are aluminum not metal.
I do have the made in the UK Falcons also, but they are heavier and metal.
It is not the bits, the finish is coming off the body of the pipe, and it leaves metal colored sparkles on my hand.
Just glad that someone else has seen this.
 

Snake

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I've never heard of
an American made
Falcon losing its
plating. What's the
number on the
underside of the
humidome?
You can take some
4 ought steel wool
to it and see if that
helps. Now, if its stamped
with a double P on
the dimple, then I'd
completely understand.
 

#8
Yes they are Falcons. Glad it has happened to someone else here.
These 2 are the made in USA ones and are aluminum not metal.
I do have the made in the UK Falcons also, but they are heavier and metal.
It is not the bits, the finish is coming off the body of the pipe, and it leaves metal colored sparkles on my hand.
Just glad that someone else has seen this.
If I'm not mistaken.... Aluminum IS metal.:confused:

Usually Falcons are unplated, bare aluminum. Any flaking I have encountered with them is a varnish like coating that was used to prevent them from tarnishing.

Grabow Vikings, on the other hand, are aluminum and are chrome plated. The chrome plating often flakes off of them.
The early Vikings looked a lot like a Falcon, and can be mistaken for the Falcon.

Without pictures to help us truly Identify your pipe, I have one question to determine if its truly a Falcon, or a Viking.
Does the bowl come off with a quarter turn, or with a couple of turns?
 

deyo67

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You are correct 1858 remington, they are Vikings. Sorry about that.
The chrome plating is in fact what is peeling off.
Having trouble getting a photo to load.
Yes it is metal, I meant not the heaviness of the older Falcons.
 

Coda

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I've never heard of
an American made
Falcon losing its
plating. What's the
number on the
underside of the
humidome?
You can take some
4 ought steel wool
to it and see if that
helps. Now, if its stamped
with a double P on
the dimple, then I'd
completely understand.
What is the (in)significance of a double "P" Falcon?...
 

#14
Did you mod the bit too? I like that shape!
That stem came with the pipe. It has 2 airways, one going out each side of the bit at about a 45 degree angle. They are only in the stem and don't extend into the shank. It works quite well.
I may put it up for sale in the "Pipes and accessories for sale" section as another "Unusual Pipe".

Maybe someone who knows the name of the pipe will let me know. I could scrap off the paint on the bottom to find out, but then I'd have to paint it again.


 

Smokey Tom

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That stem came with the pipe. It has 2 airways, one going out each side of the bit at about a 45 degree angle. They are only in the stem and don't extend into the shank. It works quite well.
I may put it up for sale in the "Pipes and accessories for sale" section as another "Unusual Pipe".

Maybe someone who knows the name of the pipe will let me know. I could scrap off the paint on the bottom to find out, but then I'd have to paint it again.


Did a little research, looks like a Twin Flow. http://www.smokingmetal.co.uk/pipe.php?page=125
 

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That stem came with the pipe. It has 2 airways, one going out each side of the bit at about a 45 degree angle. They are only in the stem and don't extend into the shank. It works quite well.
I may put it up for sale in the "Pipes and accessories for sale" section as another "Unusual Pipe".

Maybe someone who knows the name of the pipe will let me know. I could scrap off the paint on the bottom to find out, but then I'd have to paint it again.


That my friend is a "Twin Flow", with a sparkly black Twilight Vampire paint job.
 

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