To me, Mincer sounds like your typical small business entrepreneur who always knew what was right and if you disagreed¼problems. I did an EverClear and cotton ball soak on the bowls chamber, leaving it aside to allow the cotton balls to absorb the oils and tars. The chamber was well preserved from the thick cake, no cracking or pitting. I left it to set, once dry I removed the excess with a rag. All of my Custombilt pipes have the draft hole drilled spot on! I also have waiting to be restored as well. The shape reminds me of several Wally Frank pipes that I have had in the past so I am thinking it was made after they bought the trademark in 1974-1975.
I scrubbed out the airway in the shank, mortise and stem with alcohol, pipe cleaners and cotton swabs until they came out clean. I uncovered a pit at the back of the chamber wall. Find that pipe, and a new record might be set on eBay! Gallery of pipes The following examples and details will eventually be sorted into early and later version of Custom-Bilt pipes as this articles is refined. Turning my attention the bowl the next morning, I liked the clean, fresh look of the bowl. From the look on the pipe, it appears that my grandfather never believed in cleaning his pipes and believed in just keep using the pipe and once it fouled up, simply keep it aside and buy new one! It really began to have a deep shine in the briar.
Jeff took a close up photo of the bowl and rim to show the condition of the pipe before he started to work his magic on it. Other Mincer and Custombilt made Pipes Many pipes were made Mr. I decided to address the deep tooth marks on both sides of the stem ahead of the button. Blog by Steve Laug I have always been intrigued by Tracy Mincer and his Custom-Bilt pipes and even his Custombilt pipes like this one. This script was discontinued by Alfred almost immediately after he took over the company, so this alone tells you your pipe is pre W.
Hollco Rohr owned the Weber pipe factory, located in New Jersey, and produced the Custombilt pipes there. The fit of the stem to the shank was far better than the previous one. Bill meticulously details the start of the Company, how it was financed, the changes in the original ownership, how the company distributed its product, the manufacturing process, certain patented items, and other interesting stuff. According to Steve Frank, it appears that Carl Weber, the original owner of the Weber factory, never owned the Custombilt name as suggested by Hacker. Alfred Sasieni believed only vulcanite should be used for pipe stems, eschewing the newer, trendier Lucite. Blog by Steve Laug I needed a short break from the repairs that I have been doing a lot of lately so I chose to work on a nice Custombilt Bulldog that Jeff had sent me.
Anyone have a link to a brief history of Custombilt and Custom-Bilt pipes? I buffed the pipe with Blue Diamond on the wheel to give it a shine and even out the stain coat. I reamed back the cake with the PipNet and Castleford reamers, starting with the Castlefords smallest attachment, then the PipNets smallest and finally back to the Castleford and its second smallest attachment bring the chamber back to briar, the chamber was free of imperfections. The nomenclature of this Nibs caught my eye it was well stamped, His Nibs over Imported Briar, the chamber held an uneven cake, the rim had a little build up and a scorched area towards the shank. The focus is on substance not style; completeness is the focus. The second one was a Custombilt Rhodesian or probably some would call it a Bulldog I have already repaired and blogged about the pear wood pipe. Have 150 plus pipe tobacco blends. Jacobean could thus have been crafted by and retailed by Josiah Brown.
Dating a Sasieni No, this has nothing to do with asking the pipe to go out to the movies with you. The tooth chatter on the top and underside of the stem is hard to see in the photos, but it is present. In my mind the pipe I have in hand is very much like the Rich era pipes that I have seen and the note below says that. The airway in either the stem or shank could be blocked or the mortise could be clogged. Many men would have been perfectly satisfied with such a position, but not Mr.
Using an improvised and fabricated knife, I scraped all the remains of the carbon from the stummel down to its briar and finished with sanding the interiors of the stummel using a 220 grit sand paper. I reworked the edges of the slot with a needle file to clean up the repair. I finished up with 400 grit sandpaper wet to remove the file marks. I lightly sanded the stummel with 800 grit sandpaper then gave the stummel a wipe down with an EverClear soaked rag to remove the fine sanding dust. I have seen a handful of Eugene Rich era Bilts with geometric stamps as well. The Sasieni pipe is quite literally full of surprises. Aside from top notch costumer service he has a beautiful selection of pipes for every budget, his descriptions, photos and site layout are spot on, as a first time buyer from his establishment we are more then pleased and will definitely return.
With a dental spatula, I scraped out most of the gunk and tars which had moistened due to alcohol. This would help one to better assimilate and organize the information. I now ran the stem though the various grits of micro-mesh 1500-2500 wet and 3200-12000 dry ,polishing to a shine. They were always just out of reach. Now doctors say hes as healthy as a horse ,so he has decided to take up the pipe once again after a thirty year hiatus. I hand buffed it with a microfiber cloth to deepen the shine. Powerpoint presentation on relative dating is key to his dating.