A friend sent me a Peterson Tankard that he had picked up. He asked me to make it shine like new again. So here are the before and after pics of the process! It’s hard to tell in the before pictures but there was a decent amount of oxidization that had occurred to the stem. I usually get better pictures than this so I’m sorry for the poor lighting/pictures. Trust me though, it really was an awesome refurb!
Even with the flash on my camera, it’s hard to tell that there was quite a bit of oxidation that needed to be removed. I wet sanded the stem using 500 grit, 1000 grit, and 1200 grit. The stem was then sanitized and cleaned on the inside. The stem is finished with a buffing of red tripoli and carnauba wax.
This bad boy was pretty clean on the inside. There wasn’t a lot of carbonation that had to be removed. BUT the bowl had some serious ghosting, whatever tobacco that was smoked in this pipe before was very strong. So I reamed the bowl down and added a professional grade bowl coating after sanitation to help dispel any remaining ghosting (per request of my friend). The shank was then cleaned and sanitized as well. The metal ring was shined up with some fine steel wool. The bowl was finished with a quick buffing of red tripoli and carnauba wax.
I’m sorry that the lighting isn’t that great in these pictures. The transformation really was awesome! My friend will receive his pipe back soon and I can’t wait for him to light it up. Thank you for reading about this refurb and let me know your thoughts! Thanks!
This was another pipe that came to me in a lot of estate pipes. It’s a beautiful little Golden Grain. The grain in the bowl was gorgeous, so I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on the stem to make the whole pipe stand out again. Here are the before pictures:
The stem had some fairly heavy oxidation, so I wet-sanded it with 500 grit, 1000 grit, and 1200 grit. The tooth marks were shallow enough that they came out with the oxidation removal. The stem was finished up with a buffing of red tripoli and a buffing of carnauba wax.
I reamed the char/layers out of the bowl and sanitized it with vodka. The vodka helped to clean out the extra carbon and dust. The shank received the same vodka cleaning with q-tips as well. The top of the bowl had some buildup, so I topped it by dry-sanding with 500 grit, 1000 grit, and 1200 grit. Then I re-stained the top to match the rest of the bowl. The bowl was also buffed with red tripoli and carnauba wax.
This was a nifty pipe that came to me in a lot that I purchased from an estate sale. It looked like it had been smoked once or twice but it still had a sale price sticker on the bottom of the stem near the button. I thought it was odd that it wasn’t removed when it was smoked. I’m not sure if it was the original sale price sticker or a second hand sale price sticker but it’s cool either way!
Here are the before pictures!
This pipe had quite a bit of oxidation. It looks like it had some water/liquid spots on it from long ago. Luckily I didn’t have to fight with tooth marks! A quick wet-sanding with 500 grit, 1000 grit, and 1200 grit. It was finished with a quick buffing of red tripoli and a buffing of carnauba wax. I did remove the sticker to gain uniformity in the vulcanite.
Since the bowl only seemed to be smoked once or twice, there wasn’t a lot to clean out. I did a very light reaming and cleaned/sanitized it with q-tips and vodka. There were a couple spots on the outside that needed a quick buff, so they were also buffed with red tripoli and carnauba wax.
Here is the finished product!
The pipe turned out perfect! It’s hard to tell from the lights and reflections but the button end on each side of the stem turned out awesome! I can’t wait for this pipe to find a new home!
During my time in a retail cigar shop, there were quite a few people that came in and asked about Nat Sherman cigars. An even smaller portion would ask about the Nat Sherman cigarettes. I had heard of them, seen them advertised online or in a magazine, but I have never tried them until now!
While on a mini vacation to Gatlinburg this past weekend, I stopped into my favorite local shop, the Gatlin-Burlier. I have been in there quite a few times and make a point to pop in when I am passing through. I had never noticed that they carried the Nat Sherman cigarettes until this trip. For some reason they just caught my eye this time and I decided to take the plunge.
I left it up to my other half to pick which pack to go with. Thus, I ended up with the Havana Ovals (Brown). These are non-filtered and do actually have an oval shape to them. As the “brown” in the description suggests, these have a nice dark-brown color to them.
The aroma is pleasant, almost a “tea” type smell to them. The draw is smooth, definitely not too hard or too easy. The oval shape fits nicely between the lips for a relaxed fit while smoking. I really enjoyed the smoke from these. A hint of sweetness but also a steady richness throughout the whole smoke. I didn’t mind that they were non-filtered but I did end up with some small bits of tobacco in my mouth.
I liked them! I would consider buying them again in the future. They would only be for special occasions or if my circumstances dictate that I need short, quick smokes. These are a bit more expensive than regular cigarettes but you most certainly can tell the difference in the taste and the quality! If you like to change it up every now and then or find yourself curious about premium cigarettes, give them a try and let me know your thoughts!