GBD Granitan Bent Billiard Restoration

By Al Jones

Here’s another GBD from that collector in Ohio, who owned the Century finish pipes I posted recently. This one is a Granitan finish in the Shape 508. This one also came with a carefully preserved box and bag. Below is the pipe as it was received. The stem was in great shape, with some heavy build-up on the bowl top. Like the others, the GBD rondell was a bit oxidized as well.

I don’t see too many Granitan finishes, which is a sandblasted briar, then polished. The finish description on the Pipepedia page says this about the finish. The reference to Virgin finish seems a bit of a stretch and perhaps some creative marketing from GBD. When did the Granitan first appear or when did it end? This information is seemingly lost to time.

Granitan — England, unknown if also made in France: sandblasted, then partially sanded smooth, resulting in a pebbley texture, stained light yellowish brown. -TH: “An acceptable concept in a finish which combines the light weight of a sandblasted pipe, the beauty of a Virgin finish and the attractiveness of two-tone brown coloring.” -catalog ( 1976 )

Like the others, this one also came with a carefully preserved box and bag.

I reamed the bowl, then used a piece of worn scotchbrite to remove the build-up. This lightened the bowl top stain a bit, but some carnuba wax restored the original color. The briar was soaked with alcohol and sea salt. The Scotch-brite piece also successfully removed the oxidation from the rondell, without damaging the fragile coating. After the soak the stem was mounted and oxidation removed with 800, 1,500 and 2,000 wet paper, than 8,000 and 12,000 grade micromesh sheets. It was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish. The briar was buffed lightly with White Diamond to bring back the finish, than hand rubbed with several coats of Halycon wax.

Below is the finished pipe.

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