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LETS SEE YOUR Grabow VIKINGs and CDLs

Dr. Grabow Viking and CDL notes

Viking introduced 1953 and made till 2011.
Good summary of Viking here:http://www.smokingmetal.co.uk/pipe.php?page=79

1976 Dr. Grabow Pacer (Bent Viking) introduced based on ad in RTDA Almanac. (RJM)

The later version have "squared" ribs and the earlier ones had rounded ribs.  Of course, very early ones had no ribs at all.

Earliest model had no fins and also had no markings on bottom of bowl stem, and had PAT PEND under Viking, Viking patent issued 1954.

The original Viking has a brass plated stem while the others are a nickel-plated pot metal of some type.

Viking with “fins” patent issued in 1956.  Finned model with PAT PEND made abt. 1955-1956.

Finned model w/o PAT PEND made 1956 -? and space below VIKING was left blank and had “arched VIKING” and “MADE IN USA” molded into bowl holder.

Later models, also finned, had “arched DR. GRABOW” and “USA” molded into bowl holder.

Last Vikings made in abt 2011.

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……I remember Tom saying that the factory did a batch of black ones back in the day for some reason…..C.E. Purdy.

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CDL notes

From Dave Whitney:  ....CDL is for Cooler,Dryer,Lighter. .... the pipe retailed at $4.95 at that time.  ..... The stem continues right through the bowl and enables air to be drawn through from front of bowl as well as smoke from bowl.  .....A couple of other things I remember about the CDL pipe. It was produced from 1975 to 1983 in limited qualities and test marketed in several U.S. cities but apparently never mass marketed ..... Dave Whitney

From TD:  A little more about the CDL.
The predecessor of the CDL was bought in 1967 in LaGuardia airport by Paul Fish. It sat on Pauls desk until his death in 1972. It was a simple bowl and a simple metal stem with attatched bit. I've always speculated that it was sold by Mastercraft.

Jack Martin became President of Sparta Pipes in 1972. The CD? sat on his (and Paul's) desk for years.
In about 1974 we decided to design and try the concept. Tooling for the "shank", and the mould for the bit were EXPENSIVE, but we tried.

Best I recall... we made 300 and sent them FREE to RJR customers who had ordered Westbrook etc. along with a survey. Knew we had pipe smokers.

Comments were.. Coolest smoke I ever had.
                             Dryest smoke I ever had.
                             Lightest pipe I ever owned.

 But Invariably..     Ugliest pipe I've ever seen.

Guess we should have called it CULD.

I'm really curious about what those who have never tried a CDL will think about it. It is a wonderful smoke.... not to be seen outside with...... Td

I'll go first:
First model without fins marked VIKING under bowl, no spade on stem.
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Here's some of the CDLs and Vikings I have had over the years. The patents for the older and newer Viking models should be able to be downloaded from these listings.

The black Vikings was one I simply painted with motor block enamel and it worked out great.

These have all been sold or passed on to someone else over the years. Dave
Spadefan

pipesbywhitney wrote:





Here's some of the CDLs and Vikings I have had over the years. The patents for the older and newer Viking models should be able to be downloaded from these listings.

The black Vikings was one I simply painted with motor block enamel and it worked out great.

These have all been sold or passed on to someone else over the years. Dave


Those are really nice Dave, especially those squat Bulldog bowls without grooves.  Dont recall seeing that style before - Nice.
pipesbywhitney

Spadefan wrote:
pipesbywhitney wrote:





Here's some of the CDLs and Vikings I have had over the years. The patents for the older and newer Viking models should be able to be downloaded from these listings.

The black Vikings was one I simply painted with motor block enamel and it worked out great.

These have all been sold or passed on to someone else over the years. Dave


Those are really nice Dave, especially those squat Bulldog bowls without grooves.  Dont recall seeing that style before - Nice.


I think that squat one might just be out on Ed James' Skyliner ... Dave
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