By Al Jones
It’s been over two months since I’ve had a pipe on my work bench, life, work and the pandemic have made life somewhat hectic.
The shape 42, is the classic Comoy’s medium size bent billiard. This one had the 3 piece stem stem logo, denoting a pipe made before the merger in 1981. The pipe only made mild oxidation on the stem, some build-up on the bowl top and a few minor teeth indentions.
Below is the pipe as it was received.
I used a heat gun to work out the teeth indentions. A worn piece of Scotch-brite was used to remove the build-up on the bowl top. I used a piece of 2000 grit wet paper to revive the polished, beveled bowl edge. The pipe was reamed of the modest cake and soaked with sea-salt and alcohol.
Following the soak, the shank was thoroughly cleaned with alcohol on a small bristle brush and twisted up paper towels, till they came out clean. A bristle pipe cleaner was used to clean the inside of the stem.
The stem was mounted and oxidation removed with 800, 1,500 and 2,000 grade wet paper. This was followed by 8,000 and 12,000 micromesh sheets. The stem was then polished with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish.
The bowl was hand polished with Halycon wax.
Below is the finished pipe.