How to select the right pipe?
Here are a few advices in order to help you find the pipe that suits you!
When it comes to pipes shapes, sizes and styles – there is no shortage! The colour, the shape, the stem material have their own characteristics, which is why there are so many different pipes! You have to take into account all of the pipe's components to make your own choice. Be reassured: you are not alone and we will guide you!
You'll come to find out that a pipe is a very personal thing. The most important factor when purchasing a pipe is that you like it.
Lenght, does is matter?
The smoke will flow through the stummel and the stem before reaching your mouth, this is why the stem lenght has its importance.
The main difference between a long pipe and a short pipe comes down to the warmth of the smoke. The shorter the pipe is, the warmer it will be. In France, the very short pipes are called "Brule gueule" or "mug burner" but we do not recommed these for beginers. The smoke is so hot that you may feel unconfortable. You should rather start with a medium or long pipe.
What about the shape: bent, half-bent or straight?
In our shop, we are asked about pipe shapes all the time. It may seem obvious to seasoned smokers, but there are very big differences between a bent pipe and a straight one, that are summarized in the table below:
If you are still wondering about the shape of your next pipe, why not try a half-bent pipe? You will enjoy both straight pipes' and bent pipes' advantages.
The mouthpiece material: acryl, cumberland or rubber?
Rubber or Vulcanite
Historically, mouthpieces were made of genuine horn or vulcanite, a material made of sulphur and rubber. Vulcanite is a soft black mat material. Vulcanite mouthpieces are the best choice for those with sensitive teeth however, they tend to slowly become yellow-ish with time. They require polishing maintenance over the years.
Colorful and rarer than vulcanite, cumberland is an interesting alternative to vulcanite, easily recognizable with its madder-red swirled with darker notes to produce a unique faux-wood patern. Comfortable and soft, it also requires polishing maintenance.
Today, most of the pipe makers craft acryl mouthpieces. Some may consider it as basic plastic, but acryl is not a random piece of plastic: resiliant, shiny and almost maintenance-free are the material's three characteristics that make acryl a must. The only downside is that acryl gives a rocky feel when clenching the pipe.
Two pipes with similar briar may be sold at two different prices because of the mouthpiece: vulcanite is much cheaper than acryl.
Today, colored pipes are standing next to traditional pipes in every pipe shop. New finishing procedures have been discovered. Wax, lacquer, paint, carbon layer, 3D printed parts offer new oportunities if you want a modern looking pipe. These new procedures don't change the taste of briar wood or the wood properties.
There is a wide variety of filters available on the market. Learn about the differences and find the one that will suit you.
Find the pipe that suits you
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