I don’t do many just pipe reviews, in fact I’m reasonably certain that this is my first one other than a post about clay pipes and a Savinelli from The Pipe Nook. https://www.thepipenook.com/ My pipe today is the Falcon, Shillelagh, with the Meerschaum lined, Smooth, Hyperbole, sometimes referred to as just a Hyper. It almost hurts to write that out, but Voodoo is a stickler for specifics and Accuracy. I want everything I post to be repeatable by anyone to the best of their ability. That even goes for an Epic Ash even if it is better than mine.
Why is a Falcon perfect for the busy pipe smoker? Cleaning. Plain and simple. Being able to unscrew the bowl, cleaning it is super easy and takes half the time. It can be done with any stick that fits the hole and a single pipe cleaner. Basic maintenance cleaning can be done with a paper towel or napkin.
For this picture set, I smoked 3 bowls of C&D Chenets Cake last night and let the pipe sit dirty for several hours. Normally I would clean it as soon as it cools enough to not be hazardous to the threads on the bowl, they are made of wood.
The pipe. Yes, I highly suggest the bowl shape for smokeability and a rubber nib protector for those that love to clench.
What you will need to buy. No the white leg is not necessary, neither is the scar tissue.
Dirty? Try filthy. I only took it this far for the sake of pictures.
A stick, I picked it up in the backyard this morning.
As you can see it does an admirable job of clearing the blockage. Go from bottom to top. Then blow through the bowl to finish.
Switch to the pipe cleaner, return the stick back to the yard.
Start at the nib and insert the cleaner. Give it a few passes.
Switch ends of the cleaner and swab out the moisture chamber. Then swab the bottom of the bowl. Make sure to clean the threads.
Ready to reassemble.
From filthy to clean in less than 5 minutes.
Make sure to not cross thread.
Half a turn and you are back in business.
Yes, it is really that simple.
Back to smoking.
In the Binary, a big 1. You just about can’t over pack this pipe. I tried, only came close with a super moist blend once. Ease of cleaning is a definite plus. It doesn’t smoke for over an hour and that is the only thing I can find to say that is less than 100% positive.
Long Lives, Big Bowls, and Long Ashes.
Ps… Wear green on Tuesday.