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    Filto Pipes

    Filto was a brand invented and made by a guy named Bob Smith in Burgaw, NC. Like others before him, Bob was looking for a cooler, cleaner smoke and patented his Filto pipe and it's proprietary filter. Bob produced Filto pipes in Burgaw from about 1962 or so until he sold the whole shooting match to Dr. Grabow in 1975. The terms of sale included Grabow giving Bob's son Bill a two year contract with Grabow. Bill didn't do much for Grabow but he did play a lot of golf.

    Grabow wasn't really interested in making Filto pipes, it was more of a "let's buy up all the competitors no matter how small" kind of deal. By that time, Grabow was producing two metal pipes of their own, the Viking and the CDL. After two years, Grabow let Bill go and a couple of years later gave it all back to Bob. Bob didn't make anymore Filto pipes after that and the whole thing just faded.

    Here's a picture of my Filto. It's an aluminum tube with a screw on briar bowl like a Kirsten, an end cap, and a bit. It actually came with a Filto filter, a thin cardboard tube closed on one end. The filter slides onto the end of the bit. The smoke is then cooled in the big tube and filtered before reaching the smoker. Stampings are "Filto" over "Burgaw, NC" over "PAT Made in USA". It's a good smoke.


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    Very interesting pipe Keith.

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    Thanks for the history behind your unique pipe, Kevin. Interesting indeed!
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    Thanks for sharing this!


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    Can You still find filters anywhere for it???? Nice looking pipe never the less.



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    Quote Originally Posted by etecjon View Post
    Can You still find filters anywhere for it???? Nice looking pipe never the less.



    Jon
    I haven't tried to find any but I bet they are out there somewhere. A little cotton serves the purpose!

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    Hello, I imagined that this web site had to have something, and it has, thoigh perhaps not much: http://www.smokingmetal.co.uk/pipe.php?page=213

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