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hobie1dog

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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:13 am

Natch: Thanks for the great picture.....is your custom made bowl alot larger than the normal bowls?
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Sea-Bee

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PostSubject: Third generation Kirsten owner and collector.   Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:04 pm

Hi there, glad to meet you all! Very Happy

My name is Cliff and a Kirsten pipe lover. I've been smoking them for over 30 years now. Yes, they are really great smokers too! I've tried Comoy, Peterson, Sassini, GBD, and also many Danish pipes. (it was great to be a sailor to buy pipes on the CHEAP in foreign ports!). But Kirstens are a hard pipe to beat.

They are really a breeze to clean. Very Happy

I personally own eight of them, and three were inherited from my dad and BOTH grandads. Very Happy

The tobacco I use is Sail Regular in the yellow can, smooth stuff with a nice taste.
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:58 pm


My name is Shawn. I'm a newcomer to this site. I have been smoking Kirsten pipes exclusively since 1983 when I visited their shop at Fishermen's Terminal in Seattle. I've bought at least 20 of them over the years. In recent years I've just bought the parts as they wear out. Bowls and mouth pieces, the rest never wears out.

Old man Kirsten was an engineer for Boeing aircraft when he invented the pipe. The originals were made from old aluminum aircraft wings. The shop and factory are still owned by the family.

Why Fishermen's terminal? Because the biggest fans of the pipe were fishermen out of Seattle and up in Alaska. They were durable (once dropped one 20 stories into a swimming pool and was smoking it 30 minutes later), easy to clean (all you need is a paper towel and a pipe cleaner), cool to smoke, had interchangeable parts and you could stop the draft and put out the pipe if you wished in the middle of a smoke.

Each pipe has four pieces, the bowl (mostly briar but corn cob and other stuff too), the stem (an aluminum hollow tube, the valve (makes it esy to clen the stem and turs to cut off the draft) and the mouth piece. The mouth piece has a built in pipe cleaning rod.
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:10 pm

At some point-don't ask me when-I'm going to hit eBay and buy a good but cheap "pre-owned" Kirsten.
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smokey422



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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:30 pm

I had one Kirsten (don't remember the name but it was one of the large 1/4 bent models) and smoked it a lot. It was especially good with heavy Latakia blends. Cleaning it was a little more involved than a briar but boy, you could REALLY get that sucker clean! So why don't I own it any more? Because it was just too heavy for clenching as I got older and my teeth and jaws got weaker. If I ever get another one, it will be a full bent model to reduce the leverage on my jaw.

Smokey
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smokey422



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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:20 am

One other thing I might mention about Kirsten pipes: because of their metal construction and design, non-educated onlookers might think it is an instrument for smoking "wacky tobaccy". I read a story in one of the pipe chats several years ago about a gentleman who was driving and smoking a Kirsten who got pulled over for that very reason. Once the truth was known, he and the officer had a good laugh.

Smokey
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:29 am

I did a little research and found the company's website if anyone is interested.

http://www.kirstenpipe.com/
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Boulder

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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:27 pm


Cool stuff, I'll have to keep an eye open, Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:16 am

I know the radiators have different sizes, but what is an average weight for a Kirsten?
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loneredtree

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PostSubject: Re: Enjoying my new Kirsten Pipe!   Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:18 pm

MY 1/4 bent short stamped H is 45 g

My standard straight short is stamped S is also 45 g
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PostSubject: Good going!!   Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:23 pm

Very Happy 

Great pipes!!  Had them for years!!  

"You love em' or you hate em'"

"Personally, I think they are the best pipe for me!!"
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