Restoration of a John’s Natural 532 by Comoy’s

A while back I wrote about a Comoy’s-made John’s Pipe Shop briar to which I fit a new stem. Dating from between 1910 and 1940, I was quite taken with the quality of that pipe, so I was keen to work on another. When I pulled this John’s sibling from the refurb box, I knew…

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Freshening a Pre-Cadogan Comoy’s Guildhall 28 Billiard

For many Billiard lovers, there is no pipe quite as billiard-y as an English Billiard, and this Comoy’s Guildhall 28 is a prime example of English pipemakers’ mastery of this classic pipe shape. The Comoy’s Shape Chart published on Pipedia.org identifies the Shape 28 as a “Billiard, Straight, Medium”. In practice, this translates to a…

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Quick Refresh of a Comoy’s “The Everyman” 42 Bent Billiard

I’ve worked on several Everyman pipes over the last few years, and I’m always impressed with the build quality of these Comoy’s “seconds”. This shape 42 Bent Billiard is no exception. The pipe had been quite gently used before it came to my worktable. The exterior of briar and stem were greasy and dirty, and…

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Cleaning Up a Well Used Comoy’s The Everyman 533 Panel Billiard

I picked up this pipe at a local antique market for not much money. I think the condition of the piece had scared off more than a few potential buyers, so the seller was happy to make a deal with me. The pipe had been well and truly enjoyed by its previous owner – the chamber…

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A Diamond in the Rough – Restoring a Comoy’s Skipper 623

After working on the sandblasted English Kaywoodie La Roche 729 Dublin written about here, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a Comoy’s 623 shape to confirm or disprove my theory that the two pipes share more than a passing amount of DNA. When this Comoy’s Skipper came up on eBay, I placed my bid…

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