You can see some of the chipping to the edge of the cape over the twin rings around the bowl. I looked on one of my go to resources — Pipedia. I did the same with the airway in the stem until it too was clean. I liked the straight look on the stem better than the slight tweak that last pipe man had put in it. The burn marks are invisible now and the polished rim top looks pristine.
I have a few of them in my collection and always enjoy the tactile nature of the pipe when it is being smoked. I wanted to refresh my memory regarding the time periods the different Custom-Bilt pipes were made so I did a bit of research. I sanded the stem surface with 220 grit sandpaper to remove the tooth marks and chatter on both sides of the stem near the button. Each pipe had a blue string running through the bowl, shank, and stem, affixed with a lead stamp and paper tab signed by Alfred Sasieni himself. And I do not think that this was in anyway the point of the book.
The wood is full grained, usually featuring striking cross cuts and astonishing birds-eye, as well as the occasional straight grain. I decided to address the deep tooth marks on both sides of the stem ahead of the button. The first thing to be changed was the nomenclature itself. It should be noted that in the early days when the Custom-Bilt pipes were first being produced, these bowl sizes were considered very large and massive. I wanted to identify the stamping on the pipe so I started going through various sites I have used before. In my opinion no one made better pipes than the Americans during that time period. This particular pipe was a sitter with ¾ bend to the stem.
Canadian Bents Saddle Grain Smooth Bilt, Burly Briar I can not find any information on this Bilt, a fellow collector felt this was a Rich era line. The stem was clean and you can see that the deoxidizer had done a great job removing the oxidation. Some pipes featured silver bands. I dry sanded it with 3200-4000 grit micromesh pads and gave it another coat of oil. With the internals of the stummel and shank cleaned and freshened up, I turned my attention to the exterior of the bowl.
Many men would have been perfectly satisfied with such a position, but not Mr. The Sasieni pipe is quite literally full of surprises. You can see the progress in the photos below. He did a great job removing the cake in the bowl and the lava on the rim top. Box of filters for Mincers patented filter pipe. Both have extremely thick walls and very well made. I worked on the remaining repaired areas with 220 grit sandpaper to blend them into the surface of the stem.
Each of the worm trails and all around them was marked with a further rustication over the top — horizontal lines that ran all across them and around the bowl. Old style stamping just think of the fish means an old pipe. After the final 12000 grit pad I gave it a final wipe before I continued with the restoration work. And the size 6 x 2 is my favorite for a billiard. In 1953, Leonard Rodgers bought the company and emphasized tobacco pouches and butane lighters. Jeff took two close up photos of the bowl and rim top to show the condition of the pipe when it arrived. Jeff reamed the bowl with a PipNet pipe reamer and followed up with a Savinelli Fitsall pipe knife to remove the cake.
This Custombilt Apple will soon be joining the other pipes I have on the rebornpipes store. This is the link: Tracy Mincer stopped making Custom-Bilt pipes in the early 1950s. I also looked on the Pipedia website and found confirmation to the Pipephil information and some additional information. Some would say it has an almost mystical quality about it. If you are interested let me know as I will be posting it soon. Markings: The first two numbers are the year the pipe was made and the last three numbers refer to the number of the pipe made that year. The style of script in the stamp should help date and identify the time period the pipe was made.
The airflow is restricted and required considerable effort to blow through the pipe. These flaming rustications at the back of the bowl reach nearly the outer edge of the rim from either side of the bowl and progressively lower down towards the front of the bowl. The tell-tale red dot of the patented filter. Son Alfred seems to have made some initial changes in the nomenclature after taking over the company in 1946, and been content to leave well enough alone. Overall, this book contains a tremendous amount of information. I hand rubbed it with my fingers and worked it into the rustication with cotton swabs.
In 1987, the pipes were made out of the Butz-Choquin factory France and then Mexico until the late 1990s. Once this was done, it was back to using muscle power to enhance the shine and beauty of the rustication by prolonged rubbing with a soft cloth followed by a microfiber cloth. I used them on the rim top and around the end of the shank. Despite the five-episode virtually dating is a mass media company didn't specify a virtual-reality dating show, or experience or that. Steve of rebornpipes would bail me out. The repaired area looks very good and will look even better as the stem and repairs are polished with micromesh sanding pads. The delights of this pipe are almost endless.