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cigrmaster

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PostSubject: Dunhill PAD   Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:22 pm

For years I have heard that the Dunhill pipes made before 1970 were better than the ones after. The reason they say this is that Dunhill stopped oil curing their bowls in 1969. So I finally decided I needed to try one of these pipes.

The one I chose is a 1966 LB Billiard as to my eye it is the Billiard of all Billiards. It has thick walls and a classic look I happen to love. Most of my collection are classic shapes.

I †received the pipe today and as advertised it was in mint condition. The pipe was barely smoked, the nomenclature looks brand new and I am very satisfied with my purchase. I broke it in with 2007 Stonehaven that I know very well. The pipe smoked great, very dry and cool. It is definitely a keeper.


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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:29 pm

Wonderful Dunhill! I too, love that classic shape. May she serve you well, sir.

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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:14 pm

Great score Harris. Well done!

Good to see you posting here again.

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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:10 am

Say what you want about them, nobody does classic billiard shapes better than Dunhill. Some people don't "get" the billiard shape, but I'm glad I own the few I have, and I will never give them up for any reason. The LB is a classic of classics. Nice pipe, in other words. Two thumbs up, or even more.
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:01 am

Holy crap, that is awesome!
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Corncobcon

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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:10 pm

That is a real beauty! Good luck smoking it. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:40 pm

Thanks for the nice comments guys. †Does any other pipe scream " look at me, I am what a pipe is supposed to look like?"

I see today's carvers with all kinds of crazy shapes and many have no idea how to carve the ubiquitous Billiard. †I think every carver should start with the classic Dunhill LB and then go from there.

Brewdude, thanks for the welcome back, nice to be posting here again.
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GrampaGrossbart

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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:29 pm

Thatís definitely a beauty, enjoy! Recently lucked into an older Dunhill myself, and while I usually clean up estates myself think Iíll send this one off to a pro.
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:14 pm

Some more info for ya! Pre '69 Dunhill blasted pipes were not only oil-cured they were made from Algerian Briar which gave them such graggy finishes! Nice LB Shell ya got !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:00 pm

monbla, thanks for the nice comment. I did not know that about the Algerian briar, thanks for the info.
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:09 pm

All above true about pre-'69 Dunnies...which is why I own none made after that period. The LB/LBS/127 are just wonderful briars. And, yes, they scream "I am a pipe smoking mans pipe!!" Enjoy that LB for a long, long time!! cheers FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:48 pm

OK so full confession here-

I'm not a straight billiard kinda guy. I prefer bents, and my modest collection reflects that. Yet this LB Dunnie has me reconsidering my choices. Pre- '69 of course!

Time will tell. Hmmmm........

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cigrmaster

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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:47 pm

Brewdude, I go probably 50/50 with bent and straight. I like a 1/8-1/4 bend the best. I do have a few full bends that I made sure passed the pipe cleaner test before buying them.
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:52 am

beautiful pipe. I own 1 dunnie, that smokes well. I have this feeling in the back of my mind though that it might be a fake.
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:56 pm

Thanks dolemiike. What makes you think yours is a fake. If you want to post a pic of the pipes nomenclature someone might be able to help determine if it is fake or not.
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:13 pm

Here's a couple of pictures of it. Hopefully it isn't a fake. Even if it is, it smokes well.


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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:46 pm

I am no Dunhill expert. Is there a number after Made In England?
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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:00 pm

cigrmaster wrote:
I am no Dunhill expert. Is there a number after Made In England?

Looks like a large underlined 6.
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dolemiike

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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:02 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
cigrmaster wrote:
I am no Dunhill expert. Is there a number after Made In England?

Looks like a large underlined 6.

That would be correct
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Zeno Marx

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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:18 pm

Those old Shells are as consistent as any have ever been. I've had tens of them, and not a single one was less than a great smoke. One of my favorite things about them is that they really smooth out with a fine handheld patina. They get that look that the wood is semi-solid and someone smoothed out all the blast. I feel it is because of the oil curing that the wood gets like that. And when they get like that, they feel fantastic in the hand. As much as I love them, you'd think I would collect them. I don't. I don't know why. For me, the only Dunhills to seriously consider if you actually smoke them and not just collect them. *please, nobody take that personally. I just really love the old Shells and believe they are unique amongst the rest of the line.
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:14 pm

If my understanding is correct that 6 next to Made in England means it is a 1966 pipe. I should think that Zeno who has way more experience than I do would be able to tell if the nomenclature is legit.
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:22 pm

I'm no Dunhill expert in any sense. I've owned a bunch. I've been around a Dunhill nut or two in my time. Most of my Dunhill living has been of the vicarious type. It's not a hole I ever wanted to jump down. When they told me something, I believed them. My only concentrated experiential knowledge is: 1) they are smokers 2) that smoothing patina I mentioned.
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PostSubject: Re: Dunhill PAD   Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:54 pm

The main reason that I thought it was a fake was that it says "shell" and not "shell briar"
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