Pipe Knife vs. Czech Tool

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I have nothing but goodwill toward the craftsmen in the Czech Republic and their ingenuity inventing the Czech too. I used a Czech tool for many, many years and I still have a few stowed in my pipe racks for emergency. That said, I prefer the pipe knife as my go-to, handy assistant when I work my way through a bowl of tobacco. Why?

My father taught me that when you have the right tool for the right job, everything goes easily. In my humble opinion, the pipe knife is the better tool.

Aerator spike? Check.

Tamper end? Check.

What separates the Czech tool from the pipe knife is the substitution of a real (dull) blade for the dottle spoon. The pipe knife's blade does everything the dottle spoons does, but the dottle spoon can't give me a good quick ream of the bowl after a smoke. The dottle spoon is nice, don't get me wrong, but it's just too dull. It's a spoon. I sharpen the blade of my pipe knife occasionally. It's stainless steel so it never gets too sharp, but I get it sharp enough to cut through the loose cake----to get the bowl's cake that optimal dime's width.

I wouldn't bring my pipe knife to a fight. I'd get laughed off the field. "You call that a knife?"




I will bring my pipe knife to my desk every day. When it gets a little dull on it's scraping edge, I hone it, with the same stone I use for my pocket knife; just enough to gently scape away the tar and solidified ash.

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Who sharpens a spoon? It's a contradiction in terms.

I don't have a fancy pipe knife, though I would love to have one. Mine is a bare-boned affair that cost me about 9 bucks. About triple or quadruple what a Czech tool costs, but an investment well made in my opinion. Whenever I misplaces my Czech tools, I wouldn't worry about it much. I had alternatives. If I ever lost my pipe knife, I'd have to buy a new one ASAP.

That's the difference between a tool you like and a tool you rely on. YMMV.
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What pipe knife do you use?
I assume it's not the opinel in the photo as there is no spike or tamper on it.
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Nice upgrade without adding bulk.

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Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:53 am

Nice write up!

I used a Czech tool since the early 90s. In fact it was and still is my original that came with my tinderbox pipe set. A few years ago I acquired a pipe nail and loved the simplicity. Then ncrobb made me this.
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It's all I use. I keep cake to minimum with a paper towel wipe every few bowls so I haven't seen a need for the knife. Yet.

Just my 2¢
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Bullwinkle wrote:
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Nice upgrade without adding bulk.

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Yep, my favorite tool--the Rodgers Sheffeild. Keep it with me always for all the reasons stated above. I do have a few Czech tools scattered around the house just so I don't have reach into my pocket so often for a quick tamp.
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Bullwinkle wrote:
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Nice upgrade without adding bulk.

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My pipe knife is basically this knife but without any crest. It's got a pipe inscribed at the base of the blade on either side of the blade where it meets the handle. On one side it says, "Mitchell Thomas." I assume that's the brand. I've had it for about 4 years, which is a record for me keeping anything without losing it---except for my wife.
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leacha wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:53 am
Nice write up!

I used a Czech tool since the early 90s. In fact it was and still is my original that came with my tinderbox pipe set. A few years ago I acquired a pipe nail and loved the simplicity. Then ncrobb made me this.
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It's all I use. I keep cake to minimum with a paper towel wipe every few bowls so I haven't seen a need for the knife. Yet.

Just my 2¢
Wow, glad you like it!
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Im a fingerer .. I have teampers and tools of a few sdorts but its rare I grab therm. I dont know wny that is . I'm good for either one and some others but if I were to have only one , I'd go with a pipe knife
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Ruffinogold wrote:
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Im a fingerer .. I have teampers and tools of a few sdorts but its rare I grab therm. I dont know wny that is . I'm good for either one and some others but if I were to have only one , I'd go with a pipe knife
There's a joke in there somewhere....

All I ever saw my grandfather use to tamp was his finger. The tip of which had developed a nice layer of cake over the years :lol:

I primarily use a Czech tool, or a golf tee. But I have always wanted to purchase a pipe knife.
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cowboysurfer201 wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:33 pm
Ruffinogold wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:54 pm
Im a fingerer .. I have teampers and tools of a few sdorts but its rare I grab therm. I dont know wny that is . I'm good for either one and some others but if I were to have only one , I'd go with a pipe knife
There's a joke in there somewhere....

All I ever saw my grandfather use to tamp was his finger. The tip of which had developed a nice layer of cake over the years :lol:

I primarily use a Czech tool, or a golf tee. But I have always wanted to purchase a pipe knife.
EBay often has the Rodgers Sheffield for 5-10 bucks
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