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beeman86

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PostSubject: Bit protectors   Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:55 pm

Can who ever has given bit protectors a good try give me your opinion on them please. I've never really considered them before but I just won a nice hardly used Peterson 68 that came with one.

Does any moisture seep under them?

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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:42 pm

Short answer: Yes.

There are several threads, I think, on this site that discuss them.  I hated them initially, but got used to them and consider them essential for pipes I want to clench, like when you're driving or sawing down a tree.  Don't bite hell out of them, because your teeth can eventually wear through, defeating their protective use.  Remove them once in a while, rinse off, and rotate to a new position.

Sitting at home, holding a pipe in hand, I never use them.
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Cartaphilus

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:54 pm

I never smoke a pipe without one and I like how they feel on the teeth.
You'll find Pro's and Con's on these all day long but, if you want to keep your bits
like new I think it's the only way to go. Beats the hell out of sanding and polishing
specially if your a chewer. Stems can be replaced but, if you have a Dunhill or any other type with a (can't think of the right word now) Logo on it, you'll find it's very expensive to duplicate or it can't be at all.
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bentbulldog

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:57 pm

I only use them on vulcanite stems since sometimes I'm a clencher.
You get used to the rubbery taste, but my big gripe is that it makes the mouthpiece thicker, and therefore a bit uncomfortable if you leave it hanging in your mouth too long.
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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:16 pm

Unfortunately (maybe fortunately) I'm past the age where I still need a dummy  Twisted Evil 

And when I really crave something to suck on......I'm married to a wife, much younger than myself  Very Happy 
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Cartaphilus

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:37 pm

SpeedyPete wrote:
Unfortunately (maybe fortunately) I'm past the age where I still need a dummy  Twisted Evil 

And when I really crave something to suck on......I'm married to a wife, much younger than myself  Very Happy 

Yet , your still sucking on that pipe.

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SpeedyPete



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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:55 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
SpeedyPete wrote:
Unfortunately (maybe fortunately) I'm past the age where I still need a dummy  Twisted Evil 

And when I really crave something to suck on......I'm married to a wife, much younger than myself  Very Happy 

Yet , your still sucking on that pipe.


 lol!   lol!   lol! 
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KevinM



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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:37 pm

I have half dozen pipes that I bought as long as forty years ago, and bit through the stems. The bit protectors are cheaper than new stems, plus the pessimist in me frets about ever seeing my old briar buddies again once I've put them in the mail. Yes, it is possible to get spit under them, but I'm not a clencher, so it isn't a big problem. Some pipers prefer heat shrink tape.
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juanmedusa

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:17 am

I am in love with them. Took awhile to get used to the added girth but I'm totally comfortable with that now.
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beeman86

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:34 pm

Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll give them a go. I'm not a clencher (I don't think) and I'm not an every day smoker either BUT I hate seeing any marks on my pipes.

BTW, I just received my (barely if at all) used John Calich. I'll post a photo of it in the pictures forum. I think it will be my new favorite!
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Cartaphilus

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:50 pm

beeman86 wrote:
Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll give them a go. I'm not a clencher (I don't think) and I'm not an every day smoker either BUT I hate seeing any marks on my pipes.

BTW, I just received my (barely if at all) used John Calich. I'll post a photo of it in the pictures forum. I think it will be my new favorite!

Very interested in seeing one of his works of art, please post a couple of photo's. Wink
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Fight'n Hampsters

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:00 pm

I only use them on Vulcanite stems because they are harder and my jaw hurt without them.

They can be a bear to put on a stem if it is wide so I nuked it in the microwave for a little bit to make it more pliable and easier to put on the stem.
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Old Nate
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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:56 pm

Agree that they can be "gerthy" and affects the way I draw on the pipe I think. Plus, I also believe we put a softie bit to protect our stem but it just covers it up at the same time... I have them on two of my pipes.
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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:36 pm

I'm a clencher and had some pretty good teeth marks in several vulcanite stems which I had removed by a very kind brother. Tried the softy bits, but I just couldn't get used to them. So now I try and clench less and so far it's working.


Cheers,

RR
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DrumsAndBeer

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:43 pm

I am a bit of a clencher as well. I like to have softie's on all my vulcanite or ebonite stems. I don't bother with putting them on the few Acrylic stems I have. It took some time to get used to them, but now they're a must have.
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flytyer

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:31 pm

I would say give the bit protectors a good try for wile before you make your decision. I use them on all my pipes, and find they are more comfortable than just the bit. Another good benefit is that if you should choose to sell off a pipe you have a nice clean bite free bit.
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Clay

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:10 pm

I use them on all of my pipes except the cobs.
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MisterE
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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:46 am

Clay wrote:
I use them on all of my pipes except the cobs.

Personally, I think a bit protector is something no cob should be without! Wink

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Clay

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:32 am

MisterE wrote:
Clay wrote:
I use them on all of my pipes except the cobs.

Personally, I think a bit protector is something no cob should be without! Wink
A while back I picked up a handful of extra bits for the cobs in case chewed through one. I guess I'm not a chewer as I haven't put a hole in one yet. I picked up a Forever Stem last year and love it! The stem is thick enough I don't want the extra girth with a softie bit on it, come to think of it, I don't think one would fit. I did pick up some clear tubing at the hardware store to try, but haven't got around to making one up. Now the heat shrink I haven't heard of till now, hmmm.
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femur

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:56 pm

I've been using bit protectors since day one so I don't have a problem with them because I
don't know any different.
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SPUD 15

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:52 pm

I use them all the time but I am a clincher. You should know that there are two types rubber and silicone. I believe the silicone ones are called softy, when saliva gets underneath them they get slippery. I only use the harder rubber ones. MIKE
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beeman86

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PostSubject: Re: Bit protectors   Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:36 am

Lots of "likers" on the bit protectors then. It surprises me but then again I've never used one, as I had said. I have to go pick up some McLelland's BWF tomorrow so I'll grab a few and try them for a while.

Thanks for everyone's input.
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