Baccy Pipes


Simple Refurbish of a Kaywoodie Standard 22

Last week a fellow member of the Dr.Grabow Collectors Forum (Ted) sent me a email asking if i would be interested in a Kaywoodie 22 he had. He said i could have it for free of charge. Not looking a gift horse in the mouth i replied ,sure i would gladly take it.

I arrived quickly and after a quick look over i could see it was a excellent condition pipe. Just a good basic cleaning is all the 22 needed.100_0553 (640x480).jpg100_0555 (640x480).jpg100_0559 (640x480).jpg

I have a couple of 22’s in Yello -Bole but none in Kaywoodie so i was glad to add this to my collection.

The 22 shape was made for several years according to my chart.

22    Medium billiard long stem          1931-1972

From the three hole stinger and the feel of the stem i would say this is most likely a 70’s model. Maybe as early as a late 60’s.

Since the cake in the bowl was very thin i left it alone and moved to drilling out the shank with a 3/16 inch drill bit for better airflow.100_0562 (640x480).jpg

I gave the  bowl and stem a good cleaning and removed the rim cake.100_0565 (640x480).jpg

After cleaning i went ahead and gave the chamber a thin coat of syrup/carbon and gave it a rub down with mineral oil. I let the bowl set out in  the hot sun for a couple of hours.This will help the bowl coating dry, the mineral oil to soak in and for the alcohol i cleaned it with evaporate.100_0567 (640x480).jpg

While the bowl soaked in the summer sun i gave the stem a good wet sanding with 1000 grit on up to 2800. The stem had no major tooth marks or such so the sanding did not take long.

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I went ahead and bored out the three hole stinger with a old round file for better airflow. Cleaned off the burs and polished it with 000 steel wool.

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With bowl and stem done i gave it another rub down with mineral oil and gave it one last look over before buff and wax .100_0583 (640x480).jpg

After a quick buff and wax on the wheel the 22 is done.100_0584 (640x474).jpg100_0586 (640x480).jpg100_0587 (640x480).jpg100_0588 (640x480).jpg100_0589 (640x480).jpg100_0591 (640x480).jpg100_0594 (620x640).jpg100_0595 (640x467).jpg100_0599 (640x338).jpg

The 22 is a great little smoker. I’ll use it for my Dark Fired Kentucky blends as large bowls tend to turn bitter after a long smoke. I’ve already put a couple of bowls of  PS Amsterdam through it and it delivered a fine smoke.100_0604 (640x470).jpg

Thank you Ted for the Kaywoodie ill enjoy it often.

Til next time ,

Good smokes to you.


Improving A Kaywoodie Relief Grain 51

I saw this Kaywoodie Relief Grain 51 on Ebay while i was searching for another pipe.s-l1600 (640x480).jpg

Being a fan of the 51 shape i went ahead and bid on  it. It looked in excellent shape. I have noticed that some Relief Grains are stained red like this one. The ones i have are a darker natural , which i prefer over the stained ones.

The pipe arrived a few days later and was pleasantly surprised to find the pipe had not even really been broken in. Maybe one or two bowls had been smoked in it. The 51 shape was not made past 1966 making the pipe at least 49 years old.

51   Medium billiard, short stem                                                1932-1966

Being a three hole stinger it’s from mid 1950’s to 1966.

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I was disappointed though that  the shape was not closer to my 1930’s 5051 push stem .100_0474 (640x477).jpg

This one was longer and just not as just not as pleasing a shape as the 5051 to me. Still a nice pipe and being clean and nearly unsmoked i went ahead and packed a bowl in it and tried the 51 out.

Well to be honest the pipe smoked AWFUL. The draw was horrible, it smoked hot and wet. It also gurgled like a catfish with a hairball. I couldn’t even finish a whole bowl without my tongue threatening to jump out of my mouth. I know a pipe will not smoke good until broken in and i have broke in several new pipes, but this one was just evil.

From experience i know that drilling out the shank on a three hole stinger Kaywoodie can  improve the draw quite a bit.

So i drilled out the shank with a 3/16 inch drill bit. How i drill out my shanks is i hold the bit in a channel lock pliar and screw the bowl onto the bit by hand .Taking it slow and easy. I also pull it bit out every  half inch or less to and remove shavings and debris allowing it not to build up and put less stress on the shank during drilling.

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I drill it to the bowl being careful when i go through as to not put deep scratches in the chamber.100_0482 (640x480).jpg

I went one step further and decided to modify the stinger. Not having small enough metal bits handy i used a old metal round file. I bored out all three holes.100_0483 (640x499).jpg

I then cleaned off the burrs with some 500 grit paper.100_0485 (640x480).jpg100_0487 (640x480).jpg

As you can see in this picture next to a unmodified three hole stinger the stinger now has more airflow. The filed one is on the right ,obviously.100_0499 (640x264).jpg

Checking the draw after the drilled shank and modified stinger i found it was GREATLY improved.

I decided to go ahead and strip off the red dye and make it a darker natural color. I stripped it with acetone and 91% alcohol.100_0494 (640x480).jpg

After the dye was removed i gave a rub down with mineral oil to help bring out the natural color.100_0498 (640x480).jpg

I went ahead and gave the stem a quick  wet sand with 1000 on up to 2800 grit paper.I also polised the stinger with some 000 steel wool.100_0506 (640x334).jpg

With stem and bowl back together i gave them both a another rub down with mineral oil to remove any lingering dust before buff and wax.100_0507 (640x480).jpg

After a quick buff and wax on my wheel the 51 is done.

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I went ahead and gave the bowl a syrup/carbon bowl coating to help make breaking it in easier.100_0538 (640x480).jpg100_0541 (640x480).jpg100_0549 (640x480).jpg100_0543 (640x318).jpg

I packed a bowl in it after the modifications and gave it another try.100_0551 (640x480).jpg

I can not stress how much BETTER the pipe smokes now. It’s like a different pipe. The draw is easy and effortless. It smokes much ,much cooler and drier. It will only get better  with time and the many bowls i plan to smoke in it.

Til next time,

Good smokes to you.



Linkman/Dr.Grabow “Special” #4901 Refurbish

I picked up this Linkman/Dr.Grabow “Special” Italian Briar 4901 off Ebay , beating off one other bidder. Other than being dirty it looked in excellent condition with nice stamping’s. Being a propeller emblem Linkman/Dr.Grabow i knew it was a pre 1944.s-l1600 (640x479).jpg

I had been looking for a nice #01 shape and recently let a push stem #01 “Olde London” slip through my fingers on Etsy. I’m still kicking myself for that one so i made sure to go after this one.

The pipe arrived a few days later and there was no big surprises. Although i did think the #01 was a large billiard but it turns out its a medium sized billiard. 5 1/2 inches long  x  1 5/8 inch tall is the dimensions.100_0388 (640x480).jpg100_0389 (640x480).jpg100_0392 (640x480).jpg

Upon inspecting the pipe it had been well smoked but not beat up. The shank was completely plugged as well as the stem.

I got rid of all the old cake with a dull knife and heavy grit paper.100_0395 (640x480).jpg

I ran a drill bit through the shank to unclog it.100_0397 (640x480).jpg

The pipe was VERY  dirty! Did i mention the pipe was DIRTY?

After several soaks ( changing to clean  alcohol  three times ) i finally got the stem cleaned as well as the shank and bowl. It took several tries with bristle cleaners before i could get a pipe cleaner to pass through the stem. I had well over a hour just cleaning  the inner workings of the pipe. The pipe was so clogged that the stem was under clocked about a 1/8 of a turn. I had to break out a extra can of elbow grease on this step.

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I next tackled the rim char with a piece of green pad soaked in Oxy-Clean and warm water.100_0403 (640x480).jpg100_0408 (640x480).jpg

I wiped down the outside of the bowl with a paper towel sprayed with mild detergent and water to remove the grimy surface.100_0409 (640x480).jpg

I went over the bowl with a piece of 2500 grit paper and mineral oil. Staying away from the stamping’s.100_0412 (640x480).jpg

I filed out some minor chatter and gave the stem a good wet sanding. 500 grit over the file marks and whole stem with 600-2500 grit.100_0414 (640x480).jpg100_0416 (640x480).jpg

Before buff and wax i wiped the stem and bowl down with mineral oil and let it soak in.100_0420 (640x480).jpg

A buff and wax on the wheel and she is done.1.jpg2.jpg3.jpg100_0425 (640x480).jpg100_0426 (640x480).jpg100_0427 (640x480).jpg100_0428 (640x480).jpg

For a Linkman the walls of the chamber are a little thicker than normal.

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Linkman’s had several stamping’s on their pipes so lets break them down.

Left side

Linkman’s/Dr.Grabow……the Linkman was dropped somewhere around 1944 . They also dropped the propeller and went to the spade emblem on the stem.

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Right side

4901   Special/Italian Briar………….01 is the shape number.

SPECIAL (or Special Italian Briar) post-1937, begins with 43, 49, 1937 or previous, may not be marked as such, begins with 43, 44, 49 Series 43 = Natural Finish (DG), c1937. Series 44 = Dark Finish (DG), c1937. Series 49 = Walnut Finish (DG), c1937.

To be honest i could not see any finish on the pipe as it looks natural to me.

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Pat.No. 1896800

PAT. NO. (over) 1896800, block lettering, 3/8” wide, 1/8” tall, c1933-42

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From my decipher of the stamping’s the pipe was made roughly between 1937-1942.

I have smoked a couple of bowls in the pipe now and find it a excellent, cool smoking pipe. Of all the non-removable stinger pipes i find the Linkman’s the best smokers. I find the old school burley’s burn the best in them too.100_0457 (640x470) (2).jpg

Til next time,

Good smokes to you.


Refurbish and Re-dye of a Kaywoodie 07 Fine Line

I picked up this Fine Line in a three pipe lot some time ago. It has been waiting  patiently for some attention in my box of projects. It is not a very pretty pipe but i figured maybe i could help it out well enough to make it a beater/work pipe to use regularly with my favorite old codger burley blends.

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I had about forgot about the pipe. I was looking for another 07  Kaywoodie  to give my Super Grain 07 some rest time. I really like the size, shape and weight of the 07 and smoke my Super Grain very often. In fact too often. Scanning Ebay  for another it dawned on me about the Fine Line 07. So i dug out the old pipe and got to work on it.

The heavy cake came out easy with my dull pocket knife i use for pipe cake and some heavy grit sandpaper.100_0322 (640x480).jpg

I gave the bowl a good cleaning and cleaned all the rim char out of the carving.100_0323 (640x465).jpg100_0325 (640x480).jpg

I then drilled the shank out with a 3/16 inch drill bit. Drilling out the shank helps the Kaywoodie three-hole stingers give a MUCH better smoke in my experience. I also cleaned and polished the female threads with a small round file wrapped with 000 steel wool.

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The stem was not heavily oxidized so all it needed was a rub down with Bar Keepers and a basic cleaning.100_0345 (640x480).jpg

I never thought they gave the Fine Line a dark enough finish. I think line or wirecarved pipes need to be black like a Dr.Grabow Starfire or Belvedere wirecarved models. Wanting to re-dye it black i stripped off the old finish with acetone and alcohol.100_0329 (640x480).jpg

I mixed up some black dye and applied several coats . Letting it dry between.100_0356 (640x480).jpg

While the bowl was drying i sanded the stem and cleaned up the stinger with steel wool.100_0360 (640x480).jpg

Once the stem and bowl were done i put them back together and gave it a good rub down with mineral oil.100_0362 (640x480) (2).jpg

A little buff and wax on the wheel she is done. I think it looks  much better full on black.100_0368 (640x479).jpg100_0369 (640x480).jpg100_0371 (640x480).jpg100_0372 (640x480).jpg100_0373 (640x480).jpg100_0374 (640x480).jpg100_0376 (640x480).jpg100_0377 (640x480).jpg100_0378 (640x472).jpg

Fine Lines were made between 1956 and 1976 on and off. The 07 large billiard shape was made between 1927-1972. This puts the pipe between 1956-1972.

I have been smoking the pipe for a couple of days now and  it is a great smoker. 100_0382 (640x473).jpg

Fine Lines are one of the least desirable of the Kaywoodie models and since i was gonna use this as a regular beater/work pipe i was tempted to cut the stinger on it. The Super Grain 07 i have came with a cut stinger. It smokes great and is easily cleaned after smoking, but this smokes so well now that I am gonna just leave it as is.

Til next time ,

Good smokes to you.