Repairing Old Fills in a Blatter Canadian

This is the second of six Blatter pipes sent to me for refurbishment. Of the lot, this Canadian is the owner’s admitted favourite, and I can see why. The long, elegant shape is rather appealing, and the amber acrylic stem on this pipe is quite eye-catching. The pipe hit the worktable in very nice estate condition, with light tooth chatter on the stem, some darkening … Continue reading Repairing Old Fills in a Blatter Canadian

Freshening a Blatter One Dot Zulu

I was recently sent a box of six pipes for refurbishment from a gentleman in Iqaluit, Nunavut. All six pipes were made by Blatter & Blatter, Inc of Montreal, known at one point in the firm’s 100 year history as Blatter Bros. Established in Montreal in 1907, Blatter & Blatter has remained, by choice, a small, family-owned pipe producer, currently putting out about 300 pipes … Continue reading Freshening a Blatter One Dot Zulu

Reviving a Hardcastle’s Royal Windsor 36 Liverpool

I picked up this Hardcastle’s Royal Windsor pipe in a small lot of estates sometime last year and it has been waiting patiently in my refurb box since then; in fact, I’d forgotten it was even there! When I rediscovered it, I brought it to the worktable for a good look. I’ve called this shape a Liverpool, as it features a relatively long, round shank … Continue reading Reviving a Hardcastle’s Royal Windsor 36 Liverpool

Updating a Few Posts

Hi everyone, Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve been busy updating the content of a couple of my older posts based on information I recently received from Daniel More, President of Brigham Enterprises Inc. Daniel has been with Brigham since the 1980’s and was kind enough to share some of his first-hand insights and knowledge of the company’ s history with me. … Continue reading Updating a Few Posts

A Bevy of Brighams – Part II: Refreshing a Brigham 503 Billiard

This Brigham 503 Billiard is the second pipe I worked on from the lot of seven 1980’s vintage Brigham pipes I purchased before Christmas. Unlike the Brigham 562 Student pipe I wrote about previously, which featured a mix of smooth and rusticated finishes, this Billiard is fully smooth with a contrast stain that makes full use of the briar’s eye-catching mix of cross and birdseye … Continue reading A Bevy of Brighams – Part II: Refreshing a Brigham 503 Billiard

A Diamond in the Rough – Restoring a Well-Smoked ROPP Virgin Deluxe

My personal pipe preferences, notwithstanding the handful of Danish-style freehand pipes in my collection, tend toward classic, English shapes. This ROPP Virgin Deluxe, though battered and bruised in the eBay listing, had just the classic charm that I can’t seem to ignore, which is a bit ironic given its French heritage. When the pipe arrived on my worktable, I figured I might be able to … Continue reading A Diamond in the Rough – Restoring a Well-Smoked ROPP Virgin Deluxe