Comoy’s Sandblast Bulldog Restoration

By Al Jones

This Comoy’s Sandblast, Shape 5, immediately caught my eye, despite not having the original stem.  I’ve handled many Comoy’s Sandblast pipes, and this one, without a doubt, has the most rugged blast I’ve ever seen on a Comoy’s.  I made a modest offer to the seller and it was heading my way.  I was surprised to find the replacement stem to be of a very high quality, which was only heavily oxidized.  The bowl top has a lot of build-up and a mild cake.

Below is the pipe as it was received.

I used a worn piece of Scotchbrite to remove the bowl top buildup, and my reamer kit to remove the cake. The bowl was in excellent condition. 

The bowl was soaked with alcohol and sea salt.  The stem was then mounted and oxidation removed with 600/800/1000/1500 and 2000 grit wet sandpaper. Next up was 8000 and 12000 micromesh sheets.  The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish.

I gave the bowl a “wash” using a heavily diluted Fieblings Medium Brown stain.  The bowl was then waxed by hand with Halycon wax. 

Below is the finished pipe.

3 thoughts on “Comoy’s Sandblast Bulldog Restoration

  1. Joris de Sutter

    Nice job! What makes you think the stem is a replacement? Merely because it misses the classic C logo? There are plenty of Comoy’s without that logo. It looks to me from the pictures that the stem is indeed the original one. Just my thoughts…

    1. upshallfan Post author

      The tenon is not the standard Comoy’s stepped design and the button is also different. But, a great stem and I wonder who made it (replacing a bulldog stem cannot be easy). I think Comoy’s with no C stem logo would be of a very early era, with a different COM, correct?


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