Baccy Pipes

Preserving a 1930’s Kaywoodie Drinkless #7711 Large Billiard


I stopped at a antique store recently in North Carolina on a road trip.
I asked the old couple who owned the store if they had any pipes. The older man said yes he had a few that he picked up at a estate auction not long ago .
There was a couple of old KBB Yello Boles they were nice but not any shapes i wanted . He had a couple of Lee Limited scoop pipes , not a shape i care for and he wanted too much for them. Then i spied a nice old Kaywoodie large billiard. I then noticed it was a four digit ( jackpot! ) . I was hopping it was a Supergrain but instead a VERY NICE original Drinkless #7711.The stamping’s were like new !
As i looked it over the man informed me it was a old pipe from around the 50’s or 60’s . I kept it to myself that hes was about 20 to 30 + years off, in fact i said “That old. really?” he said he would take 25 dollars for it , i put it back and said” nah its too dirty and has some dents in it.” He said “make me a offer” , i said “10 bucks”. He came back with 15 and i said “deal”.

Here is the #7711 as purchased .

The pipe was in such nice original and unmolested condition that i wanted to preserve it all i could. Its not every day you see a Kaywoodie four digit, four holer like this. Most are over priced , beat all too hell or someone has buffed all the stamping’s and history off of it.
I started with a light cleaning of the little cake that was in it. A quick cleaning of the shank Scrubbed off the rim char and wiped down the bowl with a damp cotton square with mild detergent. The stem was put in for a soak in 91% alcohol.

I heated up a knife blade and steamed the dents out best i could using a damp piece of old t-shirt.

Gave the whole bowl a sanding with some worn 2000 grit and mineral oil. I did not touch the stamping’s at all with the sandpaper or sand hard enough to burn through the factory finish.

While the oil is drying on the bowl i took the stem out and gave it a good scrubbing. Most of the surface oxidation came off so i did not think it needed a Oxy Clean bath.

I did however wipe it with mineral oil and took a Bic lighter to it to rid any brown spots that might be lingering.* Being careful around the Clover*

There was a slight tooth mark on the top button that needed some filling and some chatter i sanded with 500 grit.

I sanded back from the button with 600 grit moving up the stem and going finer grit. When i got to the tenon end i was up to 2500 grit for a final sanding of the whole stem .

The four hole stinger and female threads in the shank was gone over with 000 steel wool.

I ran pipe cleaner’s though the shank and stem to rid them of any debri and steel wool shaving’s. I then gave the pipe one more rub down with a cotton square and mineral oil to remove and sanding dust before buff and wax.

I gave stem a quick go over with brown and white tripoli before applying wax to pipe.

Pipe after application of wax.

To be honest this is only the second Kaywoodie screw stem i own. I do own another four digit four holer ( Supergrain 5102 poker) . I have owned a couple of newer three holer’s but did not like them very much and sold or traded them. The four holer’s are a much better smoking pipe to me.
I love the looks and history of Kaywoodie. They have some of the best shapes and quality of any pipe maker there is ( in the time when this pipe was made). If they would have simply made a removable stinger on their screw in stems i would own many ,many, more. I cannot figure out why they never have. One reason i own so many Yello Boles is because they are Kaywoodie shapes with a removable stinger and push stem. That’s just me though. If you own Kaywoodies , like the way they smoke and prize them i mean no offense.

I have smoked a few bowls out of the #7711 since this post and its a great pipe  that i plan to enjoy many more  times in the future.

Til Next Time,

Good Smokes To You.


4 thoughts on “Preserving a 1930’s Kaywoodie Drinkless #7711 Large Billiard

  1. Nice score and good story. Congrats. Pipe looks awesome. I’m gonna use the heated knife blade in the not so distant future. Thanks for the tip.

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  2. It’s nice when you come across a pipe of that age and condition. You really brought out the grain on it.

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