By Al Jones
I love Sasieni second line pipes, they mimic the Four Dot shapes and typically have very good stems. The shape 88 is the “Ashford” Author shape of the Four Dot line and the “S” denotes a saddle stem.
This one looked like it would only require a minimal amount of work, it was in great shape. The finish was faded and the stem, while oxidized had no other damage. The bowl top has the typical build-up. Below is the pipe as it was received.
I reamed the very light cake and used a piece of worn scotchbrite to remove the cake. The bowl was then soaked with alcohol and sea salt. Following the soak, the stem was mounted and oxidation removed with 600, 800, 1500 and 2000 grit wet paper, followed by 8000 and 12000 grade micromesh sheets. The stem was buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish.
I gave the bowl a “wipe” of medium brown stain using a paper towel. I buffed the bowl lightly with Carnuba wax to bring back the finish.
Below is the finished pipe.