How to select the right pipe?

Here are a few advices in order to help you to 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 characteristic, this is why there are so many different pipes! You will have to think about all the components of the pipes and make your own choice. But you are not alone and we will guide you.
You'll come to find out that a pipe is a very personal thing. The biggest factor in purchasing a pipe is that you like it and maybe even love it. Be one with your pipe.

Lenght, does is matter?

Short Pipe

Short Pipe

Medium Pipe

Medium Pipe

Long Pipe

Long Pipe

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 an long pipe and a short pipe is 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", we do not recommed these for beginers. The smoke is so hot that you may feel unconfortable. You should better start with a medium or long pipe.

What about the shape: bent, half-bent or straight?

Bent Pipe

Bent Pipe

Half-bent Pipe

Half-bent Pipe

Straight Pipe

Straight Pipe

In our shop, we are being asked about about pipe shapes all the time. It may seems obvious to seasoned smokers, but there are very big differences between a bent pipe and a straight pipe.
Let us see:

Con'sPro's
Bent Pipe
  • The draught may be hard.
  • Moisture build-up in the bottom of the bowl.
  • Much easier to clench.
  • Well balanced, you don't have to hold it in your hands.
Straight Pipe
  • The pipe feels heavy when you clench it.
  • Easy draught.
  • Very few or no moist at all.
  • Pipe cleaners will go through the stem and the stummel very easilly.
  • Pleasant to use in a quiet place like home.

If you are still wondering about the shape of your next pipe, why not try an half bent pipe? You will enjoy both straight pipes and bent pipes advantages.

The mouthpieces material: acryl, cumberland or rubber?

Rubber

Rubber or Vulcanite

Acryl

Acryl

Cumberland

Cumberland

Historicaly, the mouthpieces were made of genuine horn or vulcanite. This material is made of sulphur and rubber. Vulcanite is a soft black mat material. Vulcanite mouthpiece are the best for those with sensitive teeth, however, vulcanite mouthpieces slowly become yellow-ish. They require polishing maintenance over the years.

Colorful and rarer than vulcanite, cumberland is an interresting material. Easily noticeable with its madder-red ebinote swirled with darker to produce a unique faux wood patern, cumberland is an alternative to vulcanite. Comfortable and soft, it also require polishing maintenance.

Today, most of the pipe makers craft acryl mouthpiece . Some may consider it as basic plastic, however acryl is not a random piece of plastic: resiliant, shiny and almost maintenance free 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 under two different prices because of the mouthpiece: vulcanite is much cheaper than acryl.

The finish

Natural Pipe

Natural Pipe

Waxed finish

Waxed finish

Lacquered finish

Lacquered finish

Today, colored pipes are standing next to traditional pipes in every pipe shops. New finishing procedure have been discovered. Wax, lacquer, paint, carbon layer, 3D printed parts offer new oportunities if you want a modern looking pipe. These new procedures doesnt change de taste of briar wood or the wood properties.

The filters

Metal filter or 9mm filter

There is a wide variety of filters available on the market.

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