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smooth vs rusticated

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Johnny Dingo

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I usually like a smooth finish for my pipes. But every once in a while, I'll see a rusticated pipe (real rustication, not the carving you see on some Dr. Grabow pipes) and I'll say, "Damn, that's a nice pipe." I like sandblasting, too. Then you have stuff like the steam- and gear-punk pipes that Nate makes that combine the two textures. Done right, the contrast is gorgeous. But the first "nice" pipe I get is gonna be a smooth finish.
 

StoneGiant

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Am I wrong in my supposition that heavily rusticated pipes are easier to handle when hot? I've only a few pipes, but my rustys seem cooler to the touch.... or maybe I'm all wet [theres been enough rain down here to saturate the noggin]
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I agree, every smooth finish I have is hotter than a rusticated finish. Maybe a rusticated surface dissapates heat better than a smooth one? A science major I am not. (also replied before reading rest of thread, reading on in suspense to see if anyone has a better answer)
 

Tony Malerich

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StoneGiant said:
I agree, every smooth finish I have is hotter than a rusticated finish. Maybe a rusticated surface dissapates heat better than a smooth one? A science major I am not. (also replied before reading rest of thread, reading on in suspense to see if anyone has a better answer)
I can't quite explain it concisely but I'll try my best - so your pipe is getting hot. Given that rustications often aren't THAT deep, the whole outer surface of the pipe will be more-or-less evenly heated. Because of the texture, you're actually coming in contact with less of the bowl so there are fewer places to transfer the heat to your fingers.
 
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David, that finish is pretty hokey compared to the nicer carved finishes of days yore. Find a nice Ruff Root on an old Sasieni and you'll see a huge difference.

Hugely rusticated pipes with seriously craggy textures have more surface area than a smooth pipe. They might feel a bit cooler because of that.
My 2 coolest pipes are blasted (Stanwell), and rusticated to where it looks blasted Sav), and I suspect this may be part of why they do.
 
#28
I prefer rusticated and blasts for smoking but I must say beautifully figured grain on a smoothie [particularly 360 birdseye] is a wonder to behold.
 
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