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    I'm starting to get casual about the replacement stems on my pipes. Dean Wakeman told me the same thing. He now presumes that all dunhill stems are replacements. I was outbid a few days ago on a beatiful pre-War Comoys Royal where the three point C was so thick I was certain it was a replacement. I now have a beautiful Dunhill 475 that puts the pipe to shame that George Dibos was replacing a stem for. A beautiful tanshell from 1965 except that the stem has a grey dot rather than white, and the stem was bent into a corkscrew when they bent it. I am still very enthused about the pipe but the stem is certainly not original.

    I'm presuming that this stem is also not original but then again it doesn’t have any tooth marks and nobody seems to have chewed it. But maybe Dave will tell us that some didn't ever have a snot spot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    Well done Mark, I think you will find you have bought an excellent smoking pipe there. I've never had one that let me down.
    Okay, fess up. How many Brakner's do you have? Including the ones you can't find because you moved house 3 years ago.

    Are they well made?

    Tell us something about Brakner pipes please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achtman View Post
    Okay, fess up. How many Brakner's do you have? Including the ones you can't find because you moved house 3 years ago.

    Are they well made?

    Tell us something about Brakner pipes please.

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    At least seven. One is actually a smooth, the rest are rusticated. Well made, I would say definitely, and also very light weight for their sizes, typical of what finds with the older Danish pipes of the period.

    I'm presuming that this stem is also not original but then again it doesn’t have any tooth marks and nobody seems to have chewed it. But maybe Dave will tell us that some didn't ever have a snot spot!
    I tend to think some of the early pipes sold at Larsen, did not have the green dot. I have one that I've been meaning to check, but......I can't find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achtman View Post
    But maybe Dave will tell us that some didn't ever have a snot spot!

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    I think the consensus between Dave & Jesper was, that they weren't sure. It might be the original stem, mine's the same antique hand cut grade. The one side of the shank is flattened down & the stem matches it. I'm pretty certain that makes it original, but who knows,
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    I think older pipes would likely have original stems a great majority of the time. Using my own experience, if a pipe stem snapped it was garbage. I didn't know people did replacement stems until I joined a forum and even then it wasn't widespread to my knowledge.
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    Congrats, Mark! I never much cared for Brakner's rustication until I saw it with my own eyes. I tend to prefer the more random, craggy textures, but there's something appealing about the Antique texture.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklin Bill View Post
    I think older pipes would likely have original stems a great majority of the time. Using my own experience, if a pipe stem snapped it was garbage. I didn't know people did replacement stems until I joined a forum and even then it wasn't widespread to my knowledge.
    Stems have been replaced almost since pipes have been sold, Bill. It's nothing new at all. Sometimes, the factory would do it for you and sometimes, it would be the guy at the pipe shop. Every now and then, some of the old shop kits show up on eBay.
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    Hi Anthony

    I learned a lot about polishing a stem from those videos that George published. I also was very, very impressed and somewhat jealous about that gorgeous drill press.

    I agree with you that I tend to sneer at rustication rather than sandblasting. Especially with some of the current geniuses in sandblasting such as Ryan Alden and Trevor Talbot. I am also continuously thrilled by the sandblasting on some of my Dunhill's. In contrast, I have one beautiful rusticated pre-WWII Sasieni, which looks just right and can compete with any sandblasted pipe I have. But in general, I am pro-sandblasting.

    So it wasn't with any predisposed love for rustication that I looked at Doug Valitchka's photos of the Brakner. But the harmony of rustication with smooth bits, and the glory of the fine details on the rustication really caught my eye. And the pipe simply grabbed me visually even if I would never buy another Brakner.

    So it is great news to hear after the fact that they tend to be good smokers. I like light pipes. The pictures indicate that it is in very good shape. And I am looking forward very much for it to arrive.

    I'm also waiting for a second pipe from the USA, about which I am very curious. Somebody posted that they would sell or trade a brand new Comoy's Blue Riband. You know, those with the etiquette stuck on with the C on it. I ended up trading a Jim Deschaines I bought a few years ago new for it, and both are now in the post. I am quite prepared to dislike the Comoy's although it has a nice shape and nice grain. But people are claiming they are well made and I want to give it a chance. More when it arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achtman View Post
    I also was very, very impressed and somewhat jealous about that gorgeous drill press.
    The drill press is nice indeed, but it was the belt grinder that inspired the most of my envy. I was working in the shop while playing the videos. When he showed the Burr King off, I turned to my little belt/disc combo machine and said, "Don't you feel ashamed?!"

    Quote Originally Posted by achtman View Post
    I agree with you that I tend to sneer at rustication rather than sandblasting. Especially with some of the current geniuses in sandblasting such as Ryan Alden and Trevor Talbot. I am also continuously thrilled by the sandblasting on some of my Dunhill's. In contrast, I have one beautiful rusticated pre-WWII Sasieni, which looks just right and can compete with any sandblasted pipe I have. But in general, I am pro-sandblasting.
    I wasn't speaking of sandblasting, though that's a lovely texture in its own right. I was talking about the craggy, naturalistic rustication textures like you see from the Pesaro school makers of Italy.

    Quote Originally Posted by achtman View Post
    So it is great news to hear after the fact that they tend to be good smokers. I like light pipes. The pictures indicate that it is in very good shape. And I am looking forward very much for it to arrive.
    I have two Brakner bowls here awaiting stems. Both are fairly large-ish in size but still light as a feather. I think you'll be well pleased.
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    I somehow missed this earlier, that is a fine looking pipe. And a lot of interesting follow-on conversation I might add.
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    ...Jesper & Dave, they've got hundreds & are always showing them off!
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