Here is another quick Summer pipe refurbishment, this time a Jarl 733 Egg. I’ve come across a few Jarl pipes, but there’s not a lot of information out there about the brand. According to an entry on pipedia.org, Jarl pipes were made by Niels Mogens Jørgensen in a little factory in the town of Bramdrupdam, just outside Kolding, Denmark. And that’s about it, other than that some Jarl pipes (presumably older stock) are stamped “Oil Hardened”.
The Jarl pipe on my table this time does not carry the Oil Hardened stamp. It is marked “Jarl” over “Made in Denmark” on the underside of the shank, and the shape number, “733”. The stem carries the “J” logo of the brand.
In fairly clean estate condition, the pipe’s main issues appeared to be a lava-encrusted rim, a caked up bowl and a slightly oxidized stem. Otherwise, the pipe looked like a good cleaning would do the trick.
I dealt with the first two issues fairly quickly, reaming the chamber with my Castleford reamer, and clearing the lava from the rather finely-grained rustication with a brass tire brush. It was a bit tricky to tell how much lava was stuck in the bark-like texture of the rim rustication – the second pic below shows the rim part way through the cleaning.
Now that the bowl was clear of cake I could tell that it had been somewhat over-reamed in the past, either with a knife or a pointy reamer. This pic shows the dimple in the chamber floor typical of this situation. Effectively, over-reaming raises the draft hole above the floor of the bowl, while also thinning the chamber floor. Left unchecked, it can lead to a burnout through the bottom of the pipe.
Not wanting to face that eventuality, I filled the dimple with a bit of JB Weld and let it set overnight. It didn’t take much time or material, and as cheap burn-through insurance, the effort was well worth it. A charcoal bowl coating tidied things up and will also provide a good base for the formation of new cake.
The pipe’s internals were a bit gummed up with tars. I used a good number of pipe cleaners and cotton swabs dipped in alcohol to clear out the mortise and airways in both stem and stummel. The dental pic came in handy for clearing larger debris from the stem slot.
The brass brushing had removed a bit of the original stain on the rim. I touched things up with a stain pen. These things are handy to have on hand!
The stem’s airway was a bit constricted, probably a result of habitual clenching by the previous owner. To open the draw I heated the stem over my heat gun and pushed a pipe cleaner through the softened vulcanite. A quick dip in cool water set the new airway diameter. I also corrected a slight bend at the end of the saddle stem in the process.
I used 220 and 320 grit sandpapers to remove the surface oxidation and smooth out the stem surface. A few deeper tooth dents remained, especially on the underside of the bit. These I filled with a mix of CA glue and charcoal powder.
When the patch material had cured I filed and sanded the repairs flush. Unfortunately, the heat transfer/thermofoil stem logo did not survive the cleanup. The impression is still faintly visible but isn’t deep enough to hold any colour. Bummer, but I’m not sure it materially affects this Jarl.
I finished the stem work by smoothing and polishing the vulcanite with a full course of Micromesh sanding pads in 1500 – 12000 grits. A light wipe of mineral oil after each set of three pads cleaned off the sanding debris and added depth and shine to the stem.
Then it was off to the buffer for a quick run of White Diamond compound and a few coats of Carnauba wax. This Jarl Egg is looking sharp after its day at the spa – it really didn’t need much more than a good spit and polish to perk right up again.
The “pine bark” style rustication is interesting, and the smooth oval lozenges on either side of the bowl give glimpses of the briar grain. Overall it’s a sharp looking middle-sized Danish pipe that should serve as a stalwart companion for many years. If you’d like to add this Jarl Egg to your own rack or that of another fortunate piper, it is available on the DadsPipes Store now.
Thanks for joining me for this quick pipe refresh. Until next time, Happy Piping!
Here’s the finished pipe.