Baccy Pipes


Smoke Master Sandblast Large Billiard

On my earlier blog about Wimbledon coupon pipes i touched upon the Smoke Master  pipes. I recently acquired a Smoke Master sandblast so i figured i would feature it on Baccy Pipes as well.

Smoke Master was originally a pipe offered by Briarcraft but by 1950 they had closed their doors. In the 1960’s Dr.Grabow purchased the rights to manufacture the Smoke Master and made them up until the mid 1990’s. They were offered from coupons , mail order and catalogs.

Here is a coupon from a box of Union Leader from my collection.100_1978 (640x613).jpg100_1979 (640x399).jpg100_1980 (640x429).jpg

It has a early bar code so i would say it is most likely from around mid-late 1970’s.100_1981 (640x309).jpg

Here is a order form that was sent to you with the initial pipe purchase in case you wanted another pipe you could pick out the shape as well.Smokemaster+Bard+RJM+ad.jpg

Smoke Master used a unique system where you used a pipe cleaner as a filter. Smokemaster+Bard+DRB+ad.jpg

Even though the bottom says Briarcraft this is a Dr.Grabow instruction sheet because of the N.C. address.

The Smoke Master pipe was also advertised on Dill pipe cleaners.05-10-2010+08;51;17PM.JPG

Here is the Smoke Master sandblast i restored with the Union Leader box and coupon.100_1983 (640x475).jpg

The pipe was in great shape and just needed a good cleaning and a couple of small tooth marks filled in. Even though its not shape stamped i know from experience that it is a  Dr.Grabow shape #69 large Billiard. I would say this pipe is from around the same time as my Wimbledon ,late 1970’s to early 1980’s.

100_1951 (640x415).jpg100_1954 (640x417).jpg100_1956 (640x523).jpg100_1957 (640x615).jpg100_1958 (640x506).jpg100_1961 (599x640).jpg100_1963 (640x459).jpg100_1964 (640x594).jpg100_1972 (640x357).jpg

It is simply stamped Smoke Master/ Sandblast on bottom of shank.100_1975 (640x296).jpg100_1988 (640x416).jpg

A close up of the unique pipe cleaner/tube filter system .100_1989 (640x372).jpg

This is my first Smoke Master so it was also my first time trying out the pipe cleaner filter system.100_1994 (640x470).jpg

It does work well and deliver’s  a very dry smoke. The draw at initial light up was kinda restricted but after getting it going and down about a 1/4 way it really started smoking better. The draw with the tube and cleaner removed is very open and is probably the way i would prefer to smoke it since i smoke drier non aromatic tobaccos. If i did smoke wet and bitey tobacco a lot i say this would be a ideal system to use.

Here is a comparison photo of my Smoke Master and Wimbldeon (bottom) sandblast pipes together. As you can see the Wimbledon uses a smaller diamond inlay than the Smoke Master and it sports a shorter stem on this particular pipe.

100_1991 (640x511).jpg

To see the post about Wimbledon pipes here is a link.

There was also a Smoke Master Super Sandblast ( also stamped Super Sandblast).Smokemaster+Bard+RJM+ae.jpg

It looks to use a larger diamond inlay  than a regular sandblast. I have not found one of these yet but i have been keeping my eye out for one.

Here is a order form for one as well.Smokemaster+Bard+RJM+af.jpg

Well i hope you will enjoy the information i have posted on my Smoke Master pipe.

Until Next Time,

Good Smokes To you.



Preserving A Early Patent WDC Milano Hesson 1549

Last week i got a email from my friend Al over at Dr. Grabow Collectors Forum. He wanted to know if i was interested in a  WDC  Milano Hesson poker stamped  Pat ‘d Dec 22, 1925 1549. He would offer it to me first before he posted it on Ebay.  I told him i was interested and so he sent me some pictures and offered it to me a a great price , so a deal was struck. I do own a early 1900’s  WDC Durobit NOS poker but i have never been able to bring myself to put a flame to it yet. So a WDC poker i could smoke and enjoy was something I was looking forward too.

From the pictures he sent it looked in pretty good shape for a pipe that is at least 87 years old. When the pipe arrived i was not disappointed.100_1804 (640x411).jpg

100_1818 (640x356).jpg

The rim had seen some wear and wore quite a few ashtray dings.100_1808 (640x469).jpg

The pipe was certainly early 20th century as it used a screw in tenon that was threaded directly into the briar of the shank. The skinny stem at the button is another sure sign of a pre 1930’s pipe.100_1809 (640x457).jpg100_1815 (640x382).jpg

The stamping’s are getting pretty weak so after cleaning it up some i took the pipe outside and manged to get some OK shots of them.

WDC /Milano100_1886 (640x414).jpg

Hesson Pat ‘d Dec 22, 1925 1549. With pretty much no info on WDC shape numbers i assume 15 means Hesson and 49 means poker shape.100_1878 (640x359).jpg

After doing some research i found that WDC updated the Hesson patent in 1932 and renamed it the Hesson Guard as depicted in this 1930’s ad.Hesson-Life-12-20-1943-108-M3.jpg

The most notable change is they switched from a screw in tenon to a push stem as noted in this pic i found off the web.Hesson Systems (640x477).jpg

Also later 1932 post stamping seem to be WDC inline with Milano instead of WDC over Milano as in this other pic i grabbed of the web also.

il_570xN.455821095_b209 (179x143).jpg

My estimation on the year of the pipe is 1925-1930 ish. Maybe as late as the later patent date as 1932 but i kind of doubt it. Threaded briar was pretty much done by 1930 and in fact I am surprised it was still being used as late as 1925.

I gave the outside of the pipe a good cleaning with mild cleaner/water i mix up myself.100_1821 (640x397).jpg

The cork “guard” seems to work pretty good as the pipe shank did not need much cleaning at all. In fact i was assuming it had all crumbled away after 90 years but its still there and is solid.100_1823 (640x416).jpg

Topping the rim enough to get rid of all the dings would have taken off more material then i was comfortable with as the poker is on the smaller size at only 1 1/2 inches tall. I opted to sand out as many as i could with light sandpaper and mineral oil. It will still wear some of the dings but I am OK with that , after all the pipe is almost a 100 years old  and i would rather keep it as original as possible.100_1824 (640x448).jpg

Sanding the rim did lighten it up quite a bit so to add some patina back to it I dried off all the mineral oil and stained it several times with black coffee and a Q-Tip. Letting it dry between coats , I gave it at least 6-8 coats of black coffee.100_1834 (640x450).jpg

After soaking the stem in alcohol it cleaned up pretty easy and only had a light oxidation that i was able to scrub away with Bar Keepers and did not have to subject the metal tenon to a Oxy- Clean bath. I sanded a few  light tooth marks out , gave it a good wet sanding and cleaned up the metal with some 000 steel wool.100_1850 (640x443).jpg

After both the stem and bowl was cleaned and ready for a buff and wax  i put them together and gave it a few dry drags. The draw seemed kind of restricted to me so i used a small 7/64 inch drill bit that was just barley larger than the hole through the cork guard and gave it a re-drill.100_1852 (640x473).jpg

I had also gave the chamber a new carbon coating so i though maybe some of that might be blacking the airway.

I do not know what kind of cork they used but I’m here to tell you that stuff is very hard! It took quite a bit of effort to re-drill it by hand. The draw was much improved by the drilling.100_1854 (640x476).jpg

I gave it a good coat of mineral oil and wipe down before taking it to my buffing wheel.100_1856 (640x403).jpg

Finished WDC Milano Hesson 1549


I have smoked a few bowls of 5 Brothers straight burley in it and i have to say  its a much better smoker than I thought it would be. The Hesson “cork guard” seems to work better than i expected and delivers a really dry smoke.11.jpg

Until Next Time,

Good Smokes To You.


If you would like to see my NOS  WDC Durobit poker it is also on Baccy Pipes