Hobo Pipes - Custom Falcon Bowls

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  1. sillyoldbear

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    http://hobopipes.blogspot.com.au

    Found this gentleman online, he turns his own falcon bowls and uses a rubber o-ring to bypass the 4 start thread.

    I'm ordering a bulldog style bowl from him.
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  2. Smokey Tom

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    That is pretty!
     
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    Nice! Do his bowls just press in then?
     
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    Looking at the blog I would say yes. There are not threads on the bowls.
     
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    He said to give it a slight twist to settle the rubber o-ring into the threads.

    I imagine the o-ring will perish eventually doing this but considering what a packet of them goes for it's a non-issue.
     
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    I didn't see any price list on his blog--where did you find it?
     
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    I had to message him direct. I'm paying $35 AUD for the bowl plus $6.95 delivery.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Just DM'd you his email.
     
  10. Old Ted

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    I've made one or two Falcon bowls with the correct four-start thread, it's a tricky machining operation - so obviously this guy's taking the easy way out. If the 'O' ring on the bowl had a parallel groove to sit in - in the alluminum stem -well, it would be better, but doesn't! and sits across the threads in the alluminum which will be at an angle to it, and in my opinion - not a good long term arrangement for a moisture seal, or security of the bowl.....we shall see!
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    Indeed, I intend on reviewing it after I've used it for a couple of weeks so I'll be sure to mention how the seals hold up. Like I said to Rodney though, it's not like rubber o-rings are a costly commodity.
     
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    I can understand the attraction to a novelty - but with new correctly fitting bowls available for around UK £14, I persnally would be loathe to pay two or three times that for a 'Heath Robinson' article that may not last. Feel the inside threads on a stem - some are by nature quite sharp, so imagine the effects of constant 'unplugging' of the bowl for cleaning!.......yes 'O' rings are cheap, and if bowls were no longer available, it would be a way of using a Falcon, fortunately they still are.
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    While pretty im agreeing with ot here. Yes o rings are cheap but i would find the replacement of them fast becoming a chore.
    I would be interested to hear if they actually smoke as good as a real falcon bowl. Would you let us know bear
     
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