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This came in a beater lot and I cleaned it up a bit tonight. Still not happy with the stem but I'll clean the innards tomorrow night and hit the stem again

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Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:32 am

Johnny wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:21 pm
This came in a beater lot and I cleaned it up a bit tonight. Still not happy with the stem but I'll clean the innards tomorrow night and hit the stem again

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w00t! You have arrived. A Grabow pot is a great smoke.
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Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:45 am

Fr_Tom wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:32 am
Johnny wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:21 pm
This came in a beater lot and I cleaned it up a bit tonight. Still not happy with the stem but I'll clean the innards tomorrow night and hit the stem again

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w00t! You have arrived. A Grabow pot is a great smoke.
Thank you,Father! I'm happy to finally be an official member :D
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Grain on the other side:

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Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:14 am

Fr_Tom wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:32 am
Johnny wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:21 pm
This came in a beater lot and I cleaned it up a bit tonight. Still not happy with the stem but I'll clean the innards tomorrow night and hit the stem again

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w00t! You have arrived. A Grabow pot is a great smoke.
Going to be a wonderful pipe for you.

Enjoy . . .

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Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:32 am

Nice 45! Grain like that is not all too uncommon for the Golden Duke line. If you're feeling bold that last bit of persistent oxidation can be burned off pretty quick. Keeping the stem attached when sanding prevents any rounding off at the shank junction.
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Thelonious monkfish wrote:
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Nice 45! Grain like that is not all too uncommon for the Golden Duke line. If you're feeling bold that last bit of persistent oxidation can be burned off pretty quick. Keeping the stem attached when sanding prevents any rounding off at the shank junction.
I tried burning off the oxidation but it didn't seem to be working....maybe I was being too careful?
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Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:58 am

Vulcanite can handle direct contact with fire but not prolonged. I pull the stem through, and dart it into the flame. Wipe it down with a wet paper towel or similar every so often to clean off the soot to check progress and cool down the stem. Careful around stampings, logos, and buttons. Vulcanite has "memory" so the heat will lift dents, including stampings.
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Thelonious monkfish wrote:
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Vulcanite can handle direct contact with fire but not prolonged. I pull the stem through, and dart it into the flame. Wipe it down with a wet paper towel or similar every so often to clean off the soot to check progress and cool down the stem. Careful around stampings, logos, and buttons. Vulcanite has "memory" so the heat will lift dents, including stampings.
I'll give it another try after I drop the girls home later. Thanks!
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