|I have been picking up a few older Kaywoodie’s four digits lately and thought i would share this one as the old push stems are pretty scarce.
I was scanning EBAY and saw this come up as a ‘Buy It Now” for a great price plus free shipping , so i purchased it right away.
It was lightly smoked and in excellent shape other than the bite marks and a dent on bottom of shank. I think the previous owner chewed it more than they smoked it.
This is my first shape 51 and i like it quite a bit. Its basically a 05 with a longer shank and shorter stem . I’m a big fan of the 07, 05 and 11 shaped billiard’s but i think this might be my new favorite and will be on the lookout for some more. It was in such great shape for its age i kept the work on it as least as possible.I cleaned off the rim residue with a green pad and water. I also gave it a wipe with some mild detergent/water to clean it of any surface grime and oils.The bowl had very thin cake so all i did was give it a quick sand. The shank was very clean and only took two cleaners with alcohol.
I got rid of the ding on bottom of shank with a damp cloth and iron.
I gave it a rub down with mineral oil and sanded the rim slightly with some 1800 grit.
After soaking the stem in 91% alcohol i gave it a good scrubbing in and out.
With a little filing ,sanding and heat i was able to get rid of about 98% of the tooth marks without jeopardizing the thickness of the stem.
I then gave it a good sanding with it on the pipe to fix some slight register problem’s. I used 500 grit on up to 2500 wet/dry paper.
The pipe is now ready for some slight buffing and wax.
The pipe is stamped Supergrain over Kaywoodie and imported briar over 5051. From research on the stamping’s and the clover being on the stem i think the pipe is from around early to late 1937. I’m thinking this might be one of the last few Supergrain push bits made.
I thought what a better way to try this old classic out was with some original Edgeworth Ready Rubbed.
The pipe smokes EXCELLENT. I can not understand why Kaywoodie did not stick with push bit models. At least on some of their high end models. Even though i like the four hole stinger’s (three holer’s not so much) the push bit smokes so much better than the non removable stinger models.