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Simple Clean Up and Improvement of a Kaywoodie Relief Grain 02

I have had pretty good run of luck of finding American made pokers that i did not have in my collection yet. Along with the Weber Virgin Deluxe 375 and KB&B Remington (also a Kaywoodie 02 shape) from my previous blog post, i have also acquired this Kaywoodie Relief Grain 02. I do have a Kaywoodie Super Grain  #5102 smooth pipe but i wanted to add a sandblast 02 as well. I won The Relief Grain from Ebay for a very reasonable cost.s-l1600 (640x367).jpg

I have been hopping to find a 4-digt 4 hole drinkless or push stem 02. Sandblast pokers from any pipe company  pre -1950’s though is very hard to find. In fact all the sandblast pokers i have (eight in total ), none are from the pre- 1950’s.

Knowing this was a post 1950’s 3 hole stinger was the only thing i did not like about the pipe. I have had three or so 3 hole stinger Kaywoodie’s and have not liked the way they smoked at all. I ended up trading or selling them. I much prefer a 4 hole stinger. Knowing this though, i wanted the pipe because it was a sandblast 02. In fact i have a couple of post 1950’s Kaywoodie’s i have purchased because the stingers had been hacked off making them much better smoker’s to me.

I could tell from the pictures on Ebay that the pipe was in excellent original condition. The pipe arrived and it looked as good in person as the Ebay pictures. Other than dirty and dusty the pipe had no damage at all. The stem was not even oxidized.100_0103 (640x480).jpg100_0104 (640x480).jpg

I did notice the stem was under clocked slightly.100_0105 (640x480).jpg

From my experience with Kaywoodie’s, under clocked usually means there is corrosion build up not letting the pipe screw in all the way. Sure enough when i unscrewed the stem there was corrosion built up on the stem. A good cleaning it should line up as right as rain.100_0110 (640x480).jpg

The pipes stem and shank was very clean and required not much cleaning. I also scrubbed the out side of the bowl with a mild cleaner, Scotch Brite pad and toothbrush.100_0111 (640x480).jpg

The inside of the bowl chamber has not even been fully broken in yet.100_0113 (640x480).jpg

From my experience with 3 hole Kaywoodie stinger’s i decided to try something on this pipe to help improve it’s smoking ability. I decided to drill out the shank larger to help more air get to the stinger. I found i the largest i could go without harming the female threads in the shank was 3/16 in drill bit.100_0120 (640x480).jpg

So i carefully and slowly drilled it out by hand. 100_0119 (640x480).jpg

From the dry pull i did on the pipe before and after, i can tell the draw is improved.

Think of it like how people Hot Rod a cars carburetor by drilling out the air and fuel inlets to increase air and fuel mixture. Same principle.

I gave the bowl a good scrub down with mineral oil to bring back the color to the briar. I also cleaned the shank collar and threads with 000 steel wool.100_0121 (640x480).jpg100_0125 (640x480).jpg

I gave the stinger a good cleaning with steel wool as well.100_0128 (640x480).jpg

Now with everything clean i checked to see how the clocking was on the stem. It’s straight and true now.100_0130 (640x480).jpg

With that taken care of i proceeded  to wet sand the stem with 800 on up to 2500 grit.100_0135 (640x480).jpg

I gave the stem and bowl anther rub down with mineral oil and give a quick go over to make sure its ready for a buff and wax.100_0136 (640x480).jpg

On sandblast and rusticated pipes i like to heat the pipe over a open flame after three or so coats of wax that i have built up to get into the nooks and crannies real well. After it cools i  will build up three more coats then heat it up again.100_0140 (640x480).jpg

After doing this a couple of times i will let it cool again, then buff it with finishing pad.

Finished Kaywoodie Relief Grain 02.1.jpg2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg5.jpg8.jpg9.jpg

I had a hard time getting a clear picture of the stamping’s because of the dark grain that runs through them.10.jpg

Kaywoodie 02 numbers,

02     Poker                    1936-1955, 1960-1972

Relief Grain – 1947-present

Being a 3 hole stinger this pipe is almost certainly a 1960-1972, maybe a mid 50’s when they replaced the 4 hole stinger with the 3 hole but a low chance of that.

Now for the important question ….How does it smoke?

Well drilling out the shank for me has greatly improved the draw. It smokes cool and dry with no gurgles at all and i have been smoking it a lot since i cleaned it up.11.jpg

I really did not want to hack the stinger on this nice original 02 pipe to make it smoke better. I am glad i was able to work around that option.

Til next time ,

Good smokes to you.


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KB&B Remington Poker Clean Up and Refurbish

I picked up this KB&B Remington ( Kaywoodie shape # 02) off Ebay to add to my American made poker collection.The Remington’s are not a easy pipe to find and the very few  I have seen were in less than terrible shape.s-l1600 (1) (640x438).jpg

The pictures off Ebay looked really nice (the one above is one of them) and had a great starting bid. The seller listed it as fully refurbished and implied it was ready to smoke. I did see a slight issue though that i could easily take care of.

The pipe arrived in a few days and it looked good ,but again for a couple of slight issues.100_0021 (640x480).jpg

The rim could have been cleaned better I think.100_0022 (640x480).jpg

There was a couple of teeth marks still in the stem.

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No big deal, a couple of easy fixes. I decided to go ahead and see how it smoked before I fixed the minor issues.

When i took a dry drag on it to see how the draw was, I about gagged. It was like sucking on a old sweaty gym sock that had been filled with sulfur.

So i checked the pipe to see how ready to smoke it was. When i ran  pipe cleaner soaked in alcohol in both the the shank and stem it came out filthy. It was apparent i was gonna have to clean the pipe thoroughly.

I soaked the stem in 91% and starting cleaning.100_0032 (640x480).jpg100_0029 (640x480).jpg

I gave it a second soak in clean alcohol and was still pulling out junk100_0034 (640x480) (2).jpg

After two soaks i finally got the stem clean.100_0036 (640x480).jpg

I cleaned off the rim with mineral oil and a green pad and 2500 grit paper then starting cleaning the shank.100_0026 (640x480).jpg100_0030 (640x480).jpg

After several pipe cleaners and a half a bottle of alcohol i got it clean.100_0038 (640x480).jpg

This is a quote from the sellers description,

“It’ll make a great smoking pipe on the go or at home. Smoke it as if it were new for a cool and dry smoke.”

To me that implies the pipe was ready to smoke. Maybe I’m wrong? I don’t know, I’ll let you be the judge. The seller is a well known pipe dealer and has a very high rating with 100% positive feedback ,so i will not name names.

It’s still a great pipe and i would have happily bid on it if he would have stated that it was not clean inside and needed to be done. I will be weary of buying a pipe from the same buyer though, as someone who will mislead you on one thing could easily mislead you on another. What really bothers me is, if someone new to the hobby was to purchase a pipe like this thinking it was ready to smoke they would have been turned off to smoking a pipe. No matter what you would have smoked in the pipe it would have tasted just horrible.

Anyway ,back to the pipe.

I tried to heat and remove the metal tube from the stem to clean behind it, but the tube is press fitted or glued real well cause I could not get it to budge. I left it alone before i damaged the tenon. It seems there is no gap between the tenon and tube so i don’t think there is any large build up of of junk around it.100_0041 (640x480).jpg

There was a  couple of dings in the pipe as well and since i was already in the process of cleaning, i figured i might as well go whole hog and steam it as well.100_0043 (640x466).jpg

I steamed the dings with a damp rag and a iron. It did not get rid of them all but did make them less noticeable.100_0045 (640x480).jpg

After the steam i gave the bowl a go over with mineral oil and 2500 grit, staying off the stamping’s.100_0049 (640x480).jpg

I gently  heated and filed out the couple of tooth marks.100_0053 (640x480).jpg

I wet sanded the file marks with 500 up to 100 grit paper.100_0055 (640x480).jpg

I then gave the whole stem a go over with 1200 on up to 3000 grit.100_0061 (640x480).jpg

I gave the tenon a light coat of bee’s wax and the whole pipe a rub down with mineral oil.100_0064 (640x480).jpg

I then buffed the stem with brown and white tripoli and gave the whole pipe a few coats of carnauba wax.

Finished pipe,

This side does have a large bland spot of grain on the bottom of bowl.

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The other side though is pretty nice.2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg5.jpg6.jpg7.jpg8.jpg9.jpg

The Pipe is simply stamped  KB&B Remington / Italian  Briar.10.jpg

I could not find much information or ads  on the  KB&B Remington line of pipes. I’m thinking its just prior to Kaywoodie  line going full production. My guess is its around 1930- 33/34. That’s just a guess though, it could date from 1930’s on up to the 1940’s. There is just not much information on KB&B pipes other than the Kaywoodie and Yello-Bole lines.

I was thinking that they might have been made for the Remington firearm company to sale in their catalog but i could not find anything that supports that theory. Remington was a popular product name in the early 20th century.The most well known besides the firearm is the typewriter.

I have smoked the pipe for a couple of days now ,taking it along with me on the go. The pipe smokes extremely well . I’m very pleased with the Remington and happily add it to my poker collection.100_0100 (640x470).jpg

Til next time ,

Good smokes to you.

 


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Refinishing a KB&B 1933-1936 Yello-Bole #2851

I picked up this early 2851 Yello -Bole off  Ebay. I happened to scan my Yello-Bole search before i went off to work  the and saw it as a “Buy it Now” for just a few dollars, so i grabbed it. It looked worse than it was. The finish was totally toast but the pipe was not beat up and the stamping’s looked excellent.s-l1600 (2) (640x391).jpgs-l1600 (640x376).jpgs-l1600 (1) (640x380).jpg

51’s are a favorite KB&B shape of mine, i really like a short stemmed straight billiard . I own a Kaywoodie four digit 5051 push stem and its by far my best and favorite Kaywoodie smoker. I had been on a lookout for a nice Yello-Bole 51 shape and this one fit the bill nicely. The “Honey Cured Briar” dates the pipe between 1933-1936. The 2851 numbers break down as,

28    KB&B Yello-Bole, dark finish, push tenon, black vulcanite stem (1932-1940’s)

51   Medium billiard, short stem    1932-1966

The pipe arrived and was no big surprises. The stem did not register the greatest on one side. The pipe is well used and at least 80 years old, so you got to expect stuff like that. Besides a new finish , a good cleaning  is mostly all the pipe will need.100_9904 (640x480).jpg

I was glad to see the 1 in  the 2851 was present and not worn away. From the Ebay photo’s i was not sure.100_9905 (640x461).jpg

The bowl was not caked up badly but the shank was really dirty and took a bit of brush work and pipe cleaners.100_9909 (640x480).jpg

After cleaning i stripped the pipe with some acetone.100_9915 (640x480).jpg

After stripping off the tired old finish i did find a couple of sandpits. I colored them with a black and red sharpies. I’m not too worried about filling them as its a Yello-Bole .If it did not have these pits it would have been a Kaywoodie , so for me it makes it more authentic.100_9919 (640x480).jpg

After a long soak in 91% and a few bristle cleaners i managed to get the old stinger out. I heated  the stinger with a lighter and worked it gently loose using a needle nose and rag100_9922 (640x480).jpg

These early Yello-Boles have threaded stingers so you will have to unscrew them. If you try to force it out straight or opposite way of the threads you can damage the stem.100_9928 (640x480).jpg

If you  just clean them with them installed you miss the residue behind them. Here is a cleaner with one swipe with alcohol after the stinger was removed.100_9932 (640x480).jpg

The rim had a few dings so i steamed it with a damp rag and a iron. This may take several passes before you get good results.100_9936 (640x480).jpg100_9938 (640x480).jpg

After the steaming i went over pipe again with some 1800-2000 grit to remove some slight scratches and dings that remained after steaming, staying away from the stamping’s.100_9944 (640x480).jpg

I mixed up some red dye with about 30% orange to match the factory color.100_9946 (640x480).jpg

I applied three coats letting the dye dry between each application100_9952 (640x480).jpg100_9955 (640x480).jpg.

Gave the stem a good soak in Oxy-Clean and a go over with Barkeeper’s Friend to remove the oxidation. Early Yello-Boles stems will oxidize unlike the later plastic ones.I also gave the stinger a good go over with green pad and 000 steel wool.100_9958 (640x480).jpg

With a little heat and some filling i was able to remove the tooth marks on the stem without filling them.100_9964 (640x480).jpg

The filling marks got a wet sand of 500-1000 grit and then the whole stem got 1200 on up too 2500 grit.100_9966 (640x480).jpg

I gave the whole pipe a wipe down with mineral oil and dry with a clean cloth.100_9975 (640x480).jpg

I applied about six light coats of wax to the bowl (buffing with finish pad  after each coat) before i went over stem with brown and white tripoli on the buffer.100_9977 (640x480).jpg

The pipe is now ready for a few more light coats of wax over stem and bowl.

Finished pipe.1.jpg2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg5.jpg6.jpg7.jpg8.jpg9.jpg9b.jpg10 (419x250).jpg11.jpg

I have been smoking the pipe most of the day and it smokes excellent, like all my early KB&B Yello-Boles.100_0017 (640x467).jpg

My Kaywoodie push stem 5051 now has a sister pipe to share a rack with.

Look at the grain on the Yello-Bole compared to my push stem Kaywoodie  2051 Super Grain. One smokes just as well as the other.100_0015 (640x498).jpg

The 2051 Super Grain is also on Baccy Pipes. If you have not seen it and would like to check it out, here is the link.

https://baccypipes.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/simple-clean-up-and-preservation-of-a-kaywoodie-5051-push-bit-billiard/

Til next time,

Good smokes to you.