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Castello Sea Rock Pipe

This estate Pipe of the week can be found here on eBay.

STAMPED – Castello Sea Rock Briar, KKK (in an oval), Made in Cantu, Italy and the Carlo Scotti circled logo.

Nicely put together Castello Sea Rock pipe with fumed upper bowl and rim. It is in the classic Dublin shape with a thick bowl and superior, deep and craggy carving. This is an estate piece that has been well cared for and is in terrific, showcase condition. It does not show much use with a solid bowl interior and acrylic stem showing no bite or scratch marks.

Approximate measurements: 5-1/2 x 1-3/4 x 1-1/2 inches. The chamber width is .75 of an inch. Weight is exactly 37.4 grams.

How to Clean a Pipe


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Without Having normal and persistent cleansing, your fantastic new pipe will become a saturated, ill- tasting mess, and won’t offer the smoking enjoyment you desire. To get rid of this kind of problems, you need to embark on a program of regular cleaning and maintenance for your pipes.

Materials Required:

  • Tapered Pipe Cleaners
  • Bristle Pipe Cleaners
  • Normal pipe cleaners
  • Pipe sweetener or grain alcoholic beverages
  • Organic cotton swab
  • Pipe reamer
  • Pipe tool or pick

Regarding ‘Rotation’:

A smokers rotation is the number of pipes they own, and the sequence they’re used to smoke in. This is an essential idea towards the treatment and cleaning of your pipes. First and foremost, because pipes need a relaxation between smokes when they are to continue to function at your optimal level.

Prior To Smoking:

The care and cleaning of your pipe begins with your very first smoke, and should carry on  after that. Before every smoke, run a pipe cleaner, often bristle or normal, with the stem to dislodge any leftover ash and dottle, and lightly tap your pipe on the cork knocker or the hand of the hand to remove these items in the way from the bowl.

While Smoking:

Throughout a smoke is an excellent time for you to start the entire process of looking after your pipe. Start by paying careful attention when lighting your pipe. Keep your flame source over the tobacco, to ensure that it does not char the edge of the pipe. If the rim of the pipes begin to produce a darkish hue for them, it can generally be removed by moistening a pipe cleaner with saliva and gently massaging the edge from the tube by using it. Done regularly, this will eliminate the cause of the charred, blackened wheels so typical on un- cared -for pipes. Throughout smoking can also be when you will notice if a more thorough cleansing is needed. If a pipe begins to taste bitter, high sodium, or just basic bad while smoking it, it is usually time for any great cleansing. See Regular Cleansing below.

After Smoking:

First, an alert: Don’t remove the stem of a pipe even though it is nevertheless warm. This makes the stem to loosen, and may lead you to crack the shank or split the tenon of the pipe. By the end of every smoke, your tube should be given a good cleaning. Allow the pipe to cool, and then stir up any lung burning ash and dottle left in the bottom of the bowl. Placing one hand or the palm of the hand outrageous of the bowl, shake the pipe for a few mere seconds to evenly distribute the ash along the within walls from the bowl, that will greatly speed the formation of ‘cake’, a protective coating of carbonized tobacco and ash within your pipe. Cake functions being an insulator, greatly stretching the life of the pipe and protecting against burn outs. See the Regular Cleaning area below for guidelines on sustaining the cake, Get Rid Of the leftover ash and dottle, and chance a bristle pipe cleaner with the stem till it is only hardly visible in underneath the dish. Remove it, and only turn it close to or use an additional pipe cleaner, duplicated this process until the pipe cleaners come out clean. Moisten pipe cleaner with saliva and rub the mouth piece with it to get rid of any accumulation there. Blow gently with the stem from the pipe to dislodge any leftover ash and clean your pipe down having a soft fabric, possibly impregnated having a ingredient for example Briar Pipe Wipe.


You will want to, on occasion, give your pipes a more thorough cleaning than just swabbing out the stem following smoking. Most people who smoke do this pretty frequently, some going as far as to do so after all of their pipes happen to be smoked as soon as, thus providing on their own with a clean, clean rotator of plumbing. You’ll have to research a bit with how frequently you do this cleaning to find what works best for you. To start this cleaning, very carefully remove the stem of the pipe from the bowl and lay both items on a paper towel. Dip a regular pipe cleaner in alcohol and run it through the stem, in the tenon towards the mouthpiece, tugging it through. It will in all probability come out with a bit of brown or black crud onto it. Follow this pipe cleaner having a dry 1, and replicate until the damp tube cleaner comes out exactly the same color it had been when it travelled in. Drive one final dry tube solution to remove any dampness and set the stem aside. Using bristle pipe cleaners, moistened with alcohol, intensely swab out the airhole of the pipe, alternating with dry, regular pipe cleaners. You shouldn’t be afraid to utilize a large amount of pipe cleaners doing this.

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Article Written by By Jim Murray

If you have an old pipe that has the beginnings of a burnout spot or the bottom of the bowl is below the draft hole, here is a quick, easy and effective way of fixing the problem. If the burnout is through to the outside, this repair method may not work, but works really well on those spots that are beginning to burnout and will prevent additional damage. The pipe to the right is beyond help of pipe mud, but if caught early…it could have been saved.

1. Get some very fine ash. This can be from a good quality cigar or pipe ash. To get a fine ash, you may want to grind it a bit in a mortar and pestle (or back side of a spoon in a small bowl). Using a small kitchen strainer and the back side of spoon work’s well too.

2. You’ll need some tap water and liquid Sodium Silicate (Sodium Metasilicate, Na2SiO3). Liquid Sodium Silicate (a.k.a. water glass or liquid glass) can be purchased from for $15.95 for a pint. You’ll also need an eye dropper, a small mixing bowl, a spoon and a small pocket knife with a long thin blade.

3. Add 3 to 6 drops of Sodium Silicate to a small amount of fine ash and mix well with the spoon. The mixture will quickly become very stiff, but don’t add to much Sodium Silicate. You DON’T want a thin, runny paste. The best consistency is like damp cement.

4. You want to create a stiff, glossy paste.

5. Make sure the pipe bowl is clean and dry.

a. Low Bottom: Drop a small amount of mud into the bottom of the bowl and tamp very gently. Repeat (if necessary) until the mud is level with the bottom of the draft hole. Placing a pipe cleaner in the air hole will help with gauging the level.

b. Burnout (side walls/bottom): If the repair is a burnout along the side or bottom of the pipe, use the pocket knife or oil painter’s trowel (a very small tool used by people who oil paint for mixing paint color – available in hobby shops). Scoop up a small amount of mud and trowel it into the burnout. If it’s a deep burnout, you may have to pack several thin layers to completely fill it in.
6. Smooth the mud with the knife edge or finger and allow the pipe to dry for a couple of days before smoking.

7. When it’s dry, it will be absolutely rock hard. If there is an excessively rough surface, you can use some fine sandpaper to smooth it out.

8. Congratulations…you’ve just fixed your favorite pipe. Sit back and enjoy!

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Barling Estate

Here we have a BEAUTIFUL Pre-Trans Barling sandblasted Fossil.   Some history on this Barling estate pipe is in the 1950s Barling supplied a small number of custom-stamped pipes to Benzamin Ltd., a British company that manufactured photographers’ light meters and other products. Benzamin’s salesmen gave the pipes away to their preferred customers. All these pipes were medium sized billiards with the Fossil finish.  Very unique Barling that seems quite rare in the estate market.  Beautiful Barling blast! Find this pipe here on eBay

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For some reason I am always a big fan of blasted pipes over smooth pipes.  Strangely though when it comes to a zulu shape I always prefer a smooth.  Today’s featured estate is in my estimation a near perfect rendition of the zulu shape.  Castello nailed it on this one, and to top it off this pipe seems to be in perfect unsmoked condition.  I believe that Neil over at A Passion for Pipes would really like this Castello as well, his love for the Zulu shape is well known.  The clean lines on this Zulu, and the beautiful cross grain make this one a stunner.  Enjoy!  To the victor go the spoils! Find this pipe here on eBay

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1960's Comoy's

Today’s featured estate pipe is an affordable English estate from Comoy’s.  It’s The Everyman line, a budget pipe made popular in the early 60′s, these are great smokers.  This pipe featured a nice blast and has only been lightly smoked.  On a no reserve auction, so grab it at a good price.  I own a couple of these early Comoy’s and I find myself going back to them often for a smooth and reliable smoke. Find this pipe here on eBay

Markings: The EVERYMAN, LONDON PIPE; Made in London (over) England, 126
Approximate Dimensions:
Overall Length – 5 1/4”
Bowl Height – 1 5/8”+
Inside Diameter – 7/8”+

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