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    Should you buy a new Comoy's Blue Riband?

    Short answer: No

    For longer answer and pictures see next post.

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    Long answer (pic heavy):
    Comoy‘s Blue Ribands were made after WWII through to the 1960‘s. They were among their best pipes made at the time, with beautiful grain and classical shapes. Not many were made and when you see them for sale today on eBay, it is mostly in the US and they tend to go for >$300. (Except for Dave who finds them for $25 but doesn‘t tell us how).

    I love Comoy's pipes. I find them more attractive than any other old Brits and I have about 10 or 12. Mostly 1950s-1960s but a few are pre-WWII or just about that time. Comoy's from that period have beautiful shapes, are well made, tend to smoke well. I have the models Old Bruyere, Extraordinaire, Specimen Straight Grain, London Pride, Pebble Grain, Royal Comoy and Tradition. But no Blue Riband‘s. And I would rather save my money for a pre-WWII Royal Comoys or Speciment Straight Grain that spend it on a Blue Riband.

    Comoy‘s got sold and then stopped being made in the UK. But now they have started up again in their original home, France. They are still called Comoy‘s of London but made in France. And they no longer have a 3 part C but have some sort of plastic Etiquette with a C on it.


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    Should you buy a new Comoy's Blue Riband?

    So I got interested when somebody on PipesMag put up a post offering to sell or trade a new unsmoked Blue Riband. We agreed on an exchange of his pipe for a Jim Deschaines billiard I bought new a couple of years ago, but never came to really like. I sent him the Deschaines plus some samples of tobacco and he sent me the Blue Riband and a couple of samples of other tobaccos. His package arrived today. I was really excited but after looking at the pipe, I‘ve decided Comoy‘s has lost it.

    The French can make beautiful pipes. I have a Rattray‘s cutty that I bought for £50 from G&Q when the shop was closing down, which is beautifully made, smokes well, is well designed, tastes fine. I have no problems with it. I have a ChaCom (relatives of Henri Comoy‘s 150 years ago) ukelele designed by Tom Eltang which is a magnificent pipe. $150 shipped from the US. So a French pipe in this price range can be wonderful.

    But this Blue Riband has an uneven sanding on the inner bevel of the rim


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    Should you buy a new Comoy's Blue Riband?

    And the button looks like it was made by a deluded one-eyed idiot



    And the weight is all wrong. The bowl is so light and the stem so heavy it tips over backwards when you try to hold it by the bowl.

    It is light enough once you put it in your mouth but the button is too thick. And the shape is not quite right.



    So it might smoke well. But it doesn‘t look right.

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    So Mark, your not very happy with it...?

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    And the button looks like it was made by a deluded one-eyed idiot.
    That button photo tells the whole story, Mark. It's a pitiful shame that such a proud name from Comoy's past is put on such poorly made pipes.
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    I'm going to stuff it with St Bruno and find out. Maybe this will be the pipe I have been looking for all my life! Hope springs eternal (in the human breast). I just looked that phrase up and found it was correct and attributed to Pope. It sounds good but probably this pipe will simply suck as a smoker as well. But who knows. More later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    That button photo tells the whole story, Mark. It's a pitiful shame that such a proud name from Comoy's past is put on such poorly made pipes.
    Hi Russ

    It really is a shame. However, the person who traded with me has a second one of the new Ribands and says it smokes really well. And he also collects old Comoy's pipes. Which sounded like he knew what a pipe was all about. I'm still reserving final judgement till I've smoked it.

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    How can a pipe with St. Bruno‘s result in tongue burn and taste bitter???? The only good thing I can say about this pipe right now is that it is light and it produces smoke . But I‘m fairly sure the stem is acrylic and the button is too big. If I were starting to smoke pipes and this was my first pipe, I would stop immediately.

    Bah!!!

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    Sorry to hear that, mark. Like you, Comoys are my all time favourite English pipes. I didn't realise they'd stop making them in England altogether. To see they (the French) have taken the 'blue riband' name so lightly, is disappointing to say the least.
    St. Bruno simply satisfies!

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