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Fatman

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PostSubject: Recent convert   Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:43 am

I just recently started smoking out of a corncob pipe. I have been missing A LOT! For the price, and actually given the price of mid-range briars, in my humble opinion they excel above a lot of others in all aspects! I now have 3 and will buy more for certain. Cheers to the brothers here that extoll their virtues, it is those fine folks' love for them that prompted me to give them a try!

My hat is off to you!

/cheers!

John
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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:21 am

For a long time I wouldn't smoke cobs as I considered a cob inferior to briar. Well, it is as regards enduring through time. But that was a narrow practice. I didn't actually give cobs the go until I resumed smoking again last October but had very little money to buy pipes, which certainly ousted my practice of buying briar estates worth between $200.00-$300.00. Instead I bought about 8 cobs and was as amazed as you as regards their worth as smoking instruments, albeit at a fraction of the price.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:36 pm

Cobs are the blue jeans of the pipe world. Tough, cheap, casual, accepted, easy to replace.
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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:12 pm

maybe i haven't smoked my cobs enough yet, but they have a certain taste they impart to the tobacco. i'm still figuring it out, but some tobaccos i really enjoy in my briars get to a "meh" level quickly in a cob. i haven't had any tobacco that is the opposite yet, though.

well, maybe stormfront, but i've only smoked it twice, and probably i was biased to liking it more in a cob because of the blender Very Happy
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:32 pm

JP's blends are for cobs, anyway. Smile He knows what he's doing.

Briar also imparts flavor to the tobacco. So does meerschaum (that I notice, anyway). So does morta. Hell, clay probably does, too.

Maybe you're just used to briar...? *shrug* Smile Nothing wrong with that.
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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:44 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
JP's blends are for cobs, anyway. Smile He knows what he's doing.

Briar also imparts flavor to the tobacco. So does meerschaum (that I notice, anyway). So does morta. Hell, clay probably does, too.

Maybe you're just used to briar...? *shrug* Smile Nothing wrong with that.

actually i think i just realized what it is. most of my briars are dedicated to certain families of tobacco, and my three cobs are kind of anything goes. i should pick up a few more cobs and dedicate em and see if it makes a difference. i have the walker forever stems, so i can just swap em around.
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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:00 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Cobs are the blue jeans of the pipe world. Tough, cheap, casual, accepted, easy to replace.

Couldn't have said it any better. cheers
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CigarKen

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:22 pm

I picked up 6 cobs recently and am really enjoyin the Country Gentleman. I do wish it had a more solid stem. I know they are available but I can't bring myself to put $24 stem on an $8 cob.
I have yet to have a cob gurgle.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:46 pm

somedumbjerk wrote:

actually i think i just realized what it is. most of my briars are dedicated to certain families of tobacco, and my three cobs are kind of anything goes. i should pick up a few more cobs and dedicate em and see if it makes a difference. i have the walker forever stems, so i can just swap em around.

Well there ya go. I even dedicate my cobs like my briars: one set for set for Latakia, one for everything else that isn't Latakia. Since I don't smoke anything else (no aros, very little Perique, zero Lakeland Lady Douche), that keeps it pretty simple.

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joemelon

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:08 pm

Cobs are great, I wish I had more than the 2 that I do. Will have to get a couple at some point to dedicate to English blends and virginia/burley tobaccos.

CigarKen wrote:
I picked up 6 cobs recently and am really enjoyin the Country Gentleman. I do wish it had a more solid stem. I know they are available but I can't bring myself to put $24 stem on an $8 cob.
I have yet to have a cob gurgle.

I've replaced the stems on my two cobs that I smoke semi-regularly and I plan on doing that when I get more cobs. It's a worthwhile upgrade and will probably outlive the pipe assuming you burn a whole in it or crack the bowl. Downside, if you drop your pipe in the lake while fishing or it falls into the campfire or the grill...you're out 32 dollars for pipe and stem instead of just 8. Laughing
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:40 pm

joemelon wrote:
Downside, if you drop your pipe in the lake while fishing...you're out 32 dollars for pipe and stem instead of just 8. Laughing


Au contraire
...I'm not entirely sure if the "forever stems" would negate any cob buoyancy, but I did have a cob fit with OEM stem plunk into the lake whilest kayak fishing for trout (got kind of excited when the fish hit), and I landed the fish, strung the tasty devil, and paddled back to my floating pipe to retrieve it. I dried it out in a day, and have smoked it ever since.

Cob pipes are amazing things.

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:03 pm

The whole point of them (beside quality) is they fit all your MM cobs.

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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:18 pm

I'm leaning that direction... as much as I like the OEM stems, they're light, comfortable and conform to the teeth via a convenient indentation, said indent causes draft constriction. Laughing *sigh* I'll probably have to get one, or have a sack full'a plastic replacement stems from Mars on hand.

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:39 am

Kyle Weiss wrote:



Au contraire
...I'm not entirely sure if the "forever stems" would negate any cob buoyancy, but I did have a cob fit with OEM stem plunk into the lake whilest kayak fishing for trout (got kind of excited when the fish hit), and I landed the fish, strung the tasty devil, and paddled back to my floating pipe to retrieve it. I dried it out in a day, and have smoked it ever since.

Cob pipes are amazing things.

Cool

Well that solves one fear. Good thing to know, that. My dislike of the stock stems comes from the fact that I end up chewing through them, not that the aesthetic improvement of a forever stem isn't a benefit also.
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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:01 am

My experience is almost identical to Alfredo's.

I thought they were silly until I actually tried one. I won't "dis" the cob anymore. They work surprisingly well.

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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:16 am

Has anyone mentioned they are also LIGHT, among their other virtues? If briar/cob came down to either/or, I would not hesitate to choose the cob. They just have a forgiving mellowness that briars lack. "Blue jeans of the pipe world," the Weissonian formulation, is quite apt. I like it. Far better than "jockstrap of the pipe world," as some benighted souls insinuate.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:24 pm

Burley, you crack me up. May we never find the "jockstrap of the pipe world." Whatever that may be. Not going there. Laughing

The cob-floating experiment I unwittingly was a part of that fateful day of fishing both angered and fascinated me. I was less angry when everything righted itself a day later, but I do admit staring at the cob and how it behaved in the water. The OEM stem went straight down, and I could tell by the cob breaking the surface of the lake as it bobbed in the ripples it wouldn't have taken much to actually sink it. A cork it is not, but that was my concern about the fancy "forever stem..." would that have sunk $30 in fine cobiness? scratch

So, at least for now, OEM stems are fine...a year or two is probably absolute max for my bite, but eventually I'll church up the cheap cobs and get a more fashionable, permanent stem--they can all share it one at a time when needed. It'll be like a bolo tie at a squaredance wedding for the rubes.

Silly or not, cobs are what usually follow me out in public when I have a pipe. Who am I going to impress cob or not? 'Nuff said. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:15 pm

I've said before and I'll say it again cobs are ok if you're into that sort of thing Smile

Big straight and Big bent


Extra large and long


Miniatures


Square shank or corn dog the second one is my favorite as it is actually cut like a bulldog


Old display board being filled with random pipes


Just some unique ones


Older pipes from when they were a bit nicer


Some hard woods that you just seem to pick up as you go along


Really old and fairly unique


Bamboo shanks


Current or modern cobs


Cool bents some old some new


Three different freehands


Complete unsmoked custom grade presentation set from the 50s


Reed stems some redone by yours truly


Whit I like to call the 44 cobnum it had a crack in the shank that I banded with a piece of 44 mag brass I fit the stem from my box of spares and gave it a hard wood plug bottom


A custom piece made by a fellow called smoking dragon


A santas pipe not sure how old but Marylin over at MM guesses from the 30s or 40s


A MKII nylon pipe with replaceable corncob bowls, I have 3 white, black and brown.




Well those are the highlights hope you like them.
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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:45 pm

A stunning display, for many reasons, and rivals that of the factory. Great variety and the patina on some pieces is delectable. Makes one wonder why the company isn't still making some of the more interesting specimens. Thanks for showing.
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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:56 pm

And your other name is mr.Cob Wink Fantastic collection. The variety of shapes, sizes and such is amazing! Thanks for the S&T Twisted Evil
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:12 pm

Love seein' those old cobs... cheers What's the all-metal pipe? It's got a nifty shape to it.
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joemelon

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:02 pm

I think this thread just became NSFW, with all that cob porn. Love the bulldog cobs.

Kyle, maybe the stem going under water isn't about it nearly sinking but the stem/shank filling with water and being less buoyant/balanced than the rest of the cob. Kinda like a two sided scale, even if the stem is still less dense than the water, it'll still go under because the bowl is still less dense than that. Might be worth further experimentation with a forever stem...but in a bathtub, not a lake. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:11 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Cobs are the blue jeans of the pipe world. Tough, cheap, casual, accepted, easy to replace.

You just described most of the women I ever dated in my life (and those were the better ones!). My wife, excluded, of course. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:49 pm

The all metal is an aristocob it uses a corn cob insert Smile one of these days I'll photo all of them those were what I considered the more interesting ones about 3 dozen cob additions ago.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Recent convert   Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:50 pm

Natch, you terrible, hilarious man. Laughing cheers

life, neat pipe. Does one replace those cob inserts? It's something I can see Crash Corrigan lighting up on one of his old sci-fi movies. It's neat.

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