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R. M. Perkins

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Age : 52
Location : US and Mexico
Registration date : 2015-07-07

PostSubject: R. M. Perkins - Swan Diving Egg   Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:32 am

Hi Guys,

I just finished up this Egg, which I am calling a "Swan Diving Egg" to distinguish it from the other Eggs that I have made in the past.

It was either that or call it "Belly Flopping Egg", but I think it's just too graceful for that moniker, so "Swan Diving Egg" it is.

This one is $210.00 USD shipped anywhere on earth, and if anybody's interested, there is a PayPal "Buy Now" button on my website.

Cheers, and thanks for looking.

Robert



Specifications
Materials: Grecian briar and hand-cut Absylux® stem
Length: 5 1/2 inches (140.4 mm)
Bore: 13/16 inches (21.5 mm) diameter by 1 7/8 inches (47.2 mm) deep
Weight: 2.0 ounces (57.7 grams)
Briar Grade: NA (rusticated)
Workmanship Grade: 3.5/5
Trappings: Comes with a nice wool pipe sock, hand sewn by Adriana
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Richard Burley

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Location : North Coast NY
Registration date : 2011-04-09

PostSubject: Re: R. M. Perkins - Swan Diving Egg   Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:37 pm

Well conceived and, obviously, well executed. Just the right size. Love the "concave" type of button--or I should say, my tongue does. It's a tactile thing. I would say the man or woman who buys this has an eye for great lines and flair in a pipe, is perhaps just a touch artistic, and is probably better than the average schmuck in judgment.
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R. M. Perkins

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Age : 52
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PostSubject: Re: R. M. Perkins - Swan Diving Egg   Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:15 pm

Wow, that is really a nice assessment, Richard. Thanks so much for the kind words.

Yeah, the deal with the concave button started a couple years ago when I was bending a stem for another pipe I was making at the time.

I got the button a little too hot, and it went BLUUUUHHH and took on a concave shape very similar to what you see here.

Well, I didn't have enough material to reshape the button by filing it, and I was just about to pitch the stem into the trash and start all over when it hit me: "HUH! ... I wonder ..."

I let it cool down, put it in my mouth, and it was love at first feel. The tongue can really appreciate that curve there, you know.

So I have been making them that way ever since (not overheating them, of course, just shaping them that way to begin with).

But it's funny how, every once in awhile, you can screw up and end up being glad you did. Very Happy
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Ocelot55

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PostSubject: Re: R. M. Perkins - Swan Diving Egg   Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:04 pm

I'm intrigued by this Absylux. Any additional info on this material?
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R. M. Perkins

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Age : 52
Location : US and Mexico
Registration date : 2015-07-07

PostSubject: Re: R. M. Perkins - Swan Diving Egg   Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:44 pm

Ocelot55 wrote:
I'm intrigued by this Absylux. Any additional info on this material?  

Great question.

I have been using Absylux for as long as I have been making pipes, and everybody who has tried an Absylux stem either likes it or loves it.

It has a really silky mouth feel, it's not rattly in the teeth like Acrylic, and it's super tough stuff. I won't go so far as to call it unbreakable, but it will survive impacts that would shatter Acrylic and even Ebonite.

The only downside that I have found, after 10 years of making pipes with it, is that it doesn't have quite as rich a black color as Ebonite or Acrylic have.  It isn't noticeable in room-light, but you can see the difference when you take it out in the sunlight. The best way I can describe it is to say that it's one shade less black than black.

But other than that, Absylux is some really nice stuff.

Their literature states:

Absylux ABS is a low cost engineering plastic that is easy to machine and fabricate. Absylux
is an ideal material for structural applications when impact resistance, strength, and stiffness
are required. It is widely used for machining pre-production prototypes since it has excellent
dimensional stability and is easy to paint and glue. Natural (beige) and black Absylux are
FDA compliant for use in food processing applications.

Applications Include:
• Machined prototypes
• Structural components
• Support blocks
• Housings
• Covers

Advantages of Absylux:
• Excellent impact resistance
• Good machinability
• Excellent aesthetic qualities
• Easy to paint and glue
• Good strength and stiffness
• Low cost


Of course, I still make plenty of pipes with Ebonite, as well. But one thing I've found is that there are guys who like Ebonite/Vulcanite, and there are guys who dislike Ebonite/Vulcanite. So it's nice to have both Ebonite and Absylux handy and switch back and forth to cover all the bases.
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PostSubject: Re: R. M. Perkins - Swan Diving Egg   Wed May 17, 2017 8:53 am

I really love this pipe! So well done and has an incredibly unique look but looks classic as well... if it smokes half as well as it looks it might just be the perfect pipe!
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Ozark Wizard

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Location : Mark Twain National Forest, MO
Registration date : 2014-10-11

PostSubject: Re: R. M. Perkins - Swan Diving Egg   Wed May 17, 2017 12:28 pm

Very cool pipe there, and interesting info on the stem material. That light 'leather' rustication is a great touch too.

Very nice!
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PostSubject: Re: R. M. Perkins - Swan Diving Egg   Thu May 18, 2017 7:27 am

Thanks so much for the kind words, Old Nate and Ozark Wizard.
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PostSubject: Re: R. M. Perkins - Swan Diving Egg   Thu May 18, 2017 8:48 am

I am a huge fan of the egg shape and so this pipe is right up my alley. It's just lovely. I really love that stem shape as well. Well done!
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PostSubject: Re: R. M. Perkins - Swan Diving Egg   Fri May 19, 2017 9:43 am

Thanks so much, Hater. Yeah, I'm a big fan of the Egg shape, as well.
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