Breaking In a new Falcon I have always followed Falcon's advice and can attest that it works. I have several of these, and find that I greatly prefer them over the Falcons. Edit: One thing I have noticed though they smoke quite cool for the most part, when you get to the bottom of the bowl the metal does heat up a bit. The bowls tend to be on the small size, about a grp2 or so. Maybe some do and some don't. There were some round filters that you put under the bowl and that helped to keep the pipe clean. Keeping it clean is not a problem.
Also, if any of you are thinking about letting go of one please feel free to pm me. Pipes - The Danish Pipe Shop At The Danish Pipe Shop in Copenhagen, Denmark you find the largest selection of tobacco pipes in Northern Europe: Tom Eltang, Kurt Balleby, Anne Julie, Manduela, Tao, Stanwell, Peter Heding, Neerup Pipes, Poul Winsløw Pipes, Ascorti, Caminetto, Dagner, Dunhill, Castello, Volkan, Brandon Brooks, Vesterholm Pipes, Suhr Pipes, Bay Pipes and many more! I didn't think I would win because I only bid 21. I see from the Kirsten web page that some Turkish bowls might be still available. I'm hoping a falcon or a meer falcon being cheaper so we'll go with that would treat me well, because out of the 10 or 12 pipes I own I've only found 2 that I'm totally pleased with. It's very easy to clean and smokes pretty well though I suppose it depends what you are comparing it too. I can't believe the factory doesn't sell these if they eventually become a problem.
Thanks everyone and take care. Because I felt like chatting with people? Five fills in a smooth bowl is not now uncommon and the filler is black and noticeable. The Falcon pipes are good for smoking but somehow they don't leave me satisfied. I think that it does. Hey, Ya gotta wear the Bolo buddy or ya can't smoke it! I have a few blends with Latakia in them and they have been sitting in a drawer because in some of my pipes the Latakia can be very heavy and overwhelm everything else. While I've never had a problem, the bowl mount somehow seems fragile to me.
As an aside, I heartily recommend by K. The Apple is particularly good if you like a wet tobacco. They asked how many I wanted and I wrote back just 1 for me but that I was on several pipe smoking sites where discussion on Meerschaum bowls for Falcon Pipes being non-existent and plenty of folks that really love their Falcon's. Their looks can be against them now though; in the 60s they still looked modern and hi tec - but again it was a smoking world then. You could buy a colored bowl or a traditional briar. I've smoked Falcons since 1968 and have put together some notes which may help anyone considering buying or smoking a Falcon. The synergy is undeniable, the smokes celestial.
If I can get the technololgy sic to do what I want I'll try posting it as a follow up to this post! Falcon however do not recommend this pratice! Considering the nature of the bit, I would never ebay one unless it was brand new. They smoke cool and a pretty light. I didn't think I would win because I only bid 21. Or black for black pipes, and brown for brown pipes. My Dad trained as a cabinet maker with Hick's pianos in London, before joining the regular army and ended up as a Quartermaster Sergeant Major Warrant Officer in a Guards Regiment. Besides taking a while before shipping, he said he would include something extra because of the delay.
Perhaps also due the fact that you can easily replace the bowl if needed. I'm hoping I can clean it up a bit and get it in my rotation. They are well worth giving a try. I'm liking mine so far--based on one whole bowl of red Virginia. All these pipes have interchangeable briar bowls made specifically for the Falcon Pipe. So from what I can tell, my dad's pipe would've been manufactured in the mid-to-late 60s possibly 1967 if the markings are consistent with the Shillelagh pipes. Marc, You hit it head on.
So I smoked a cob with a tricky bent stem. I don't but them anymore, but I still like them. Wipe dry and screw the bowl back on. Best to all anyway Gerry Just a couple of more thoughts on this thread. . Otherwise I'll have to go to my local hardware store and see if I can get an o-ring that will do the job. Very smooth in this pipe.
Mine take pipe cleaners well. I rejected them last time round purely on aesthetic grounds, but never quite got away with pipesmoking using traditional briars. I don't take them apart mid smoke simply because I've never had to, but I do take them apart while still hot as I find the goo easier to remove when it's warm - a good strong blow through works wonders! I always associate these pipes with guys wearing bolo ties stepping out of a bingo parlor. So I'll bear that in mind. It's certainly not a pipe I'd just toss into my pocket. It's like sucking through a horsehair. I love the pipes, I really recommend them.
The goal of is to provide an open forum for discussion on pipes, tobacco, and related topics. Shave the hole larger gently with a good sharp knife or use sandpaper. . All I can say is that the bowl now seals against the dish spoon, or whatever it's called of the stem. The packing of a pipe is a heavily debated area in pipe smoking - some like the layer method, others just by instinct fill the pipe - others like the air pocket and Frank method, both of which basically leave a space at the bottom of the bowl. I wrap a pipe cleaner around a small tube and then cut the spiral into rings that fit under the bottom of the bowl where it screws into the stem assembly. In the hills in a March blizzard they would think nothing of lambing a ewe in the shelter of a dyke with only an old sack over their shoulders for protection from the elements - but always with a lit pipe in their mouths.
Point taken about living in the middle of nowhere - look up a place called Crawfordjohn sometime, I spent 12 years there - I do know the feeling. Most of the time when I go some place I take a pipe that I don't have to mess with wiping out. I am learning that every pipe is almost as different as every type of tobacco can be, different characteristics can improve or minimize certain tastes or nuances of any tobacco. My one and only Falcon is missing this, and it leaks air. I just fixed it by removing the little filter ring and it draws great. I would imagine that the meer bowls are more susceptable to tightening pressues and these help them.