I snagged this pipe recently. It's on the way from the UK. Looks to me like a contemporary to a lot of the Boer War pipes seen on eBay. Seems like it's in nice shape, should be fun to work on.
That's a whopper! Are you thinking of a little more bend in the stem or just leaving it as is?
Different bends for different friends!
That's right! the partial bend is perfect for the way I smoke a pipe. Second, I don't like to heat old rubber. Sometimes it works okay, sometimes you create a new problem.