Comoy’s 409 Tradition Restored


By Al Jones

Here’s another pre-Cadogan (or merger if you prefer) Comoy’s. The 409 shape is Comoy’s traditional bent bulldog, so it is surprising that I didn’t have one in my collection. This one arrived in favorable condition and looked like a simple clean up. The stem was oxidized and some light teeth marks, but no dents. The bowl had a few dings that would have to be steamed out.

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I used a solution of Oxy-Clean on a cloth to remove the build-up on the bowl top. After reaming, the bowl was then soaked with alcohol and sea salt. The stem was also soaked in this solution overnight, with a dab of grease on the C-logo. The interior of the bowl was in great shape.  There were a few dents on the bowl top, but they steamed out nicely with an iron set on “high” and a wet cloth folded double.

I used 800, 1000 and 2000 grit paper to remove the oxidation from the stem. I wrap it around a popsicle stick to keep the edges sharp. I then used 8000 grit micromesh, followed by buffing with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic polish.

The bowl was polished with White Diamond and then several coats of Carnuba wax.

Below is the finished pipe.

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5 thoughts on “Comoy’s 409 Tradition Restored

  1. Randal

    I have a comoy 409 with a lucite tip that is silver streaked. When I purchased it in the early 80s I didn’t notice the tip hole was drilled to one side. The wood eventually split. I took it back and the shop sent it off and they put a metal band around it. Really made it look nice. Never really smoked it much. Is this situation happen often?

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  2. Todd L. Platek

    Very nice. Question: Can the sanding and buffing be done entirely by hand? I’m constantly on the move, and nowhere to put machinery. The smaller supplies (sanding papers, buffing compounds, etc.) can fit into a plastic box. Your advice? Thanks.

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