Last edited by Blade Boy; 05-12-2012 at 06:40 PM.
Light your bowl, free your soul.
The old falcon has been getting all my attention this week. Not sure why because the Kirsten is a cooler smoker. Curious how that happens.
Ok guys - after reading this thread and trying to win a (nice) used Falcon on eBay for a couple of weeks, I decided to go ahead and order a new one. I found that unless I wanted a real junker, the price difference wasn't that great.
I'll check back in and let you guys know what I think after I receive it and give it a try.
I received my my Falcon last night, and gave it a try.. (Sorry, for some reason I can't get pictures to load on B&B today.)
What a great pipe! I smoked some Bob's Chocolate Flake, and found that I could taste the tobacco much better in the Falcon than I could in any of my briar pipes. It was smooth, dry, and cool. Tonight I'll try it with something else (Most likely Captain Cool or some Blue Note that I've just received.) and see if it was that great, or just a good night for a smoke.
I have a couple Falcons and a Quiet Comrade. I tend to use them more for work, but they always provide a pleasing smoke. If they get really gunky I just soak them in some cheap gin and the gunk comes right off and they are as good as new. When I first started smoking pipes, I was working on gas wells and gas pipelines and all the old timers smoked Falcons. I pretty much was put off of them for that reason because I was such an arrogant young whipper snapper, but I have come to find that those old timers used what worked and Falcon pipes are great when you are out working in the middle of nowhere and have to have a reliable pipe.
I have been converted! Falcons have a nice wide open draw compare to the Kirsten's I have, but the Kirsten's seems to keep the tobacco just smoldering though the draw is a bit tighter. Haven't touched my other pipes in a couple of weeks.
All the standard stems are the same regardless of age it seems like.
I love my kirstens, but knowing that they still make falcons I enjoy smoking the falcon a bit more. Works with my paranoid stockpiling nature.
Last edited by haiku44; 08-17-2012 at 11:49 PM.
Well i cant let you and blade boy have all the fun to yourselves Haiku, so if one were to turn his intrest to a metal pip where should i begin to look, I would imagine the Kirsten and the falcon are places i should look, falcon being the easier to get your hands on ?? do the bowls falcon offer differ or is only the eye candy to them that make them different i noticed there are meershaum or briar bowls
hate the looks of them but im into function over form sometimes too