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    Stanwell Brushed Brown Collection

    Recently, Pipes & Cigars ran a special promotional sale through Facebook and offered Stanwell Brushed Brown pipes for $20. That's a very difficult price to argue with. I've always admired the appearance of the 191 but never owned one. So, I was happy to see the shape included in the line and couldn't resist picking one up. Thanks to a couple of coupons and a shaping mishap, three more followed behind it. All in, four pipes for $40. Here's a completely unflattering photo taken from my workbench. Top to bottom: 32, 403 (sort of), 191, and 185:



    I'm not particularly enamored with the "brushed" finish, but I knew that going in. I plan to re-texture the bottom three while leaving the 32 at the top as is for the sake of originality.

    These pipes are from one of Stanwell's budget lines and, considering that, I'm pretty impressed. Drilling is accurate on each one and the stems are well engineered with a fairly deep funnel in the slot (something often ignored on budget pipes). A couple of the pipes have a fill, but not all. Beneath the uninspired texturing you can still make out most of the grain and it appears that bland figuring was mostly what relegated these pipes to the bottom tier.

    As for that 191, I'm in absolute love with it. I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for an older, higher end, Danish-made example or two. It's actually made me rethink what I look for in a pipe. If it weren't for my interest in various brands, shapes, histories, novelties, etc., I could pick up about a dozen 191s and happily call an end to any future pipe purchases. That ain't happenin' anytime soon though.
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    I was getting all excited, I thought you were going to post something about these...



    191, got it. I'll keep an eye out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    I was getting all excited, I thought you were going to post something about these...
    You mean this..?



    You know how rare and sought after these things are, Dave. I'm keeping it hushed because I don't want to start a buying frenzy until I've cornered the market.

    I suppose I should post something about this one at some point...



    Oh, wait. I just did.
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    I kinda like the looks of the 185.
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    The lesson here is simple buy in BULK. A Stanwell sale @ $10 a piece, some guys have all the luck. Good thing I missed this sale.

    I guess the final picture is about dis-Stilling tobacco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    I kinda like the looks of the 185.
    The 185 is nice, Russ. It's my second favorite of the bunch. I picked it up hoping that it would be a close match to the feel of the 191 but no dice. It's too big for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklin Bill View Post
    I guess the final picture is about dis-Stilling tobacco.
    Close. More like distilling the smoke. I know that it looks like quite the funky monster, but the idea works much better than you'd think. It makes for the coolest smoke you can imagine. Takes some getting use to though and definitely not a "clencher".
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    Congratulations! Unbelievable bargain there, how come you only bought 4?
    St. Bruno simply satisfies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon G View Post
    Congratulations! Unbelievable bargain there, how come you only bought 4?
    Ha!

    I could have picked up a dozen I'm sure. There were plenty more shapes that interested me. Funds were low after Santa came collecting though. Besides, four gives me enough to both enjoy and to tinker with.
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