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Thelonious Monkfish

Linkman's Dr. Grabow 31

Got lucky and won some banged up pipes including one Linkman's 31 shape. It's scalloped on the top and sides to where it resembles a castle turret and has some line rustication mixed in with a propeller on the stem. Can't find anything about it, any help with the age or knowledge about the shape would be appreciated.
Eric

Congrats on the score Alex!

Regards,Eric
Thelonious Monkfish

Thanks, Eric, got the Pots in today and put them on the table to clean up this weekend. Looking forward to starting fires in them, gonna need to pick up some more Nightcap.
ozark southpaw

You really need to post some pics of that pipe ! I can't find a 31 on the charts I have and would love to see it !!
Thelonious Monkfish

ozark southpaw wrote:
You really need to post some pics of that pipe ! I can't find a 31 on the charts I have and would love to see it !!
Couldn't find anything on it either, never seen one like this before. Found the auction photos.




ted

Darn Alex.. I can't help with the Linkman... but I really want to know some more about the Mastercraft..

Look, I'm on the road for a day or 2, so I'll be shut off. Tell me about it..  ted
Thelonious Monkfish

Tom, the Mastercraft is marked "Originals", don't know much else about it other than it's a nice shape. When they show up I'll see if there are any marking that weren't in the auction photos.

ozark southpaw

Looks like the Linkmans has only a two digit number,which makes me think it is a very early example. I'm really curious about what type of stem attachment this one uses.

I have only one Linkmans that has the rim cut like that,a smooth 9795D which is a 9795 with a scalloped rim.
Thelonious Monkfish

ozark southpaw wrote:
Looks like the Linkmans has only a two digit number,which makes me think it is a very early example. I'm really curious about what type of stem attachment this one uses.

I have only one Linkmans that has the rim cut like that,a smooth 9795D which is a 9795 with a scalloped rim.
How early would you guess? Also, got a picture?

I'm looking forward to going over these, well the Linkman's and MC at least, I've avoided many lots that had cobs(won't smoke used ones) or "The Pipe" but now I gotta figure out what to do with that thing too, are they even briar?
pipesbywhitney

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
ozark southpaw wrote:
Looks like the Linkmans has only a two digit number,which makes me think it is a very early example. I'm really curious about what type of stem attachment this one uses.

I have only one Linkmans that has the rim cut like that,a smooth 9795D which is a 9795 with a scalloped rim.
How early would you guess? Also, got a picture?

I'm looking forward to going over these, well the Linkman's and MC at least, I've avoided many lots that had cobs(won't smoke used ones) or "The Pipe" but now I gotta figure out what to do with that thing too, are they even briar?



I'll take 'the pipe' off your hands if you don't want to mess with it .... Dave
Piffyr

What a haul, Thel! Congratulations! I'm not too enamored with "The Pipe", but the Linkman is a unique find and the shape and grain on that MC look amazing.
Thelonious Monkfish

Thanks, Anthony, got lucky.
Dave, I enjoy messing with every pipe that comes through my hands, trade you for a sample of something I haven't smoked.
Piffyr

If you're looking to sell that MC and Tom doesn't have an interest, PM me. No need to even clean it up. That's half the fun of it for me.
Thelonious Monkfish

Thanks, I think Tom may have an interest in this one, if not I see it going in rotation. Never have enough pipes and don't have any MC, both sound like the same problem.
Piffyr

No problem. You know where I am if you change your mind, Thel.
pipesbywhitney

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
Thanks, Anthony, got lucky.
Dave, I enjoy messing with every pipe that comes through my hands, trade you for a sample of something I haven't smoked.


I've got 4-6 ounces of loose Chatham Manor I can put in a ziplock bag if you're interested. Otherwise 1.5 ounce tins of Balkan Luxury Blend 957 and Bosophorus Cruise, both Balkan/English blends from Sutliff. In my loose bags I have 2 oz. Paul's St. Patrick's Day Blend, 2 oz. Late Night Smoke, 2 oz. Dunhill My Mixture 965 and 1 oz of Kentucky Colonel. Take your pick of what you think you need for the pipe. Thanks, Dave
Thelonious Monkfish

pipesbywhitney wrote:
Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
Thanks, Anthony, got lucky.
Dave, I enjoy messing with every pipe that comes through my hands, trade you for a sample of something I haven't smoked.


I've got 4-6 ounces of loose Chatham Manor I can put in a ziplock bag if you're interested. Otherwise 1.5 ounce tins of Balkan Luxury Blend 957 and Bosophorus Cruise, both Balkan/English blends from Sutliff. In my loose bags I have 2 oz. Paul's St. Patrick's Day Blend, 2 oz. Late Night Smoke, 2 oz. Dunhill My Mixture 965 and 1 oz of Kentucky Colonel. Take your pick of what you think you need for the pipe. Thanks, Dave
Dave, the nice gentleman in the corner would like to cover this round for you. "The Pipe" is going the Lakeland.
ozark southpaw

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
ozark southpaw wrote:
Looks like the Linkmans has only a two digit number,which makes me think it is a very early example. I'm really curious about what type of stem attachment this one uses.

I have only one Linkmans that has the rim cut like that,a smooth 9795D which is a 9795 with a scalloped rim.
How early would you guess? Also, got a picture?

I'm looking forward to going over these, well the Linkman's and MC at least, I've avoided many lots that had cobs(won't smoke used ones) or "The Pipe" but now I gotta figure out what to do with that thing too, are they even briar?


I'd guess early 1930"s. Here's a pic of my 9795D which is a later post war Linkmans. You can tell from the way it sits in that stand how small it is.



ted

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
Thanks, I think Tom may have an interest in this one, if not I see it going in rotation. Never have enough pipes and don't have any MC, both sound like the same problem.


Got rained out of going to Fla today. Tomorrow.
I'd love to have it, but can only offer $$. Might work best for you and Piffyr to make a swap. I'll leave it to you..
Thelonious Monkfish

ozark southpaw wrote:
I'd guess early 1930"s. Here's a pic of my 9795D which is a later post war Linkmans. You can tell from the way it sits in that stand how small it is.



You put that thing in the oven? Nicest dinky pipe I seen. What kind of stinger?
ozark southpaw

9795D stinger /cleaner. I have a couple of others that are abput the same length as this pipe but have larger bowls and shanks.
Thelonious Monkfish

Just noticed this, that stinger looks like it's longer than the shank. How's it smoke?
ozark southpaw

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
Just noticed this, that stinger looks like it's longer than the shank. How's it smoke?


Can't say, it is un-smoked !
Thelonious Monkfish

Nice.
Eric

Quote:
"The Pipe" but now I gotta figure out what to do with that thing too, are they even briar?



Alex, want go in to a lot of detail here about The Pipe other than it was invented like many other Speciality Pipes, the upside down Pipe for example to smoke cooler and cleaner and to smoke up more of the Tobacco with less dottle. I will tell you a couple of things that made it special, The Pipe was made out of pyrolytic graphite,( the same material the Space Shuttle was made out of) and you could even wash it in the dishwasher when you needed to clean your pipe! Glad you got the Beans.

Eric
pipesbywhitney



Here's some background on 'the pipe':

“the pipe,” was manufactured from 1963 to 1975 by Venturi at prices that would be in excess of $200 in today’s dollars.

For a really thorough history of "the pipe" and "THE SMOKE," which was the top of the line in Venturi pipes, (yes, their names were spelled in all lower case and all UPPER CASE letters) do a web search for: A History of "the pipe" by Billie W. Taylor II, Ph.D.

Taylor reports: “The benefits of the pipe to smokers were claimed to be: 1) World's driest smoke, little gooey residue; 2) Smoke is 10 - 20 degrees cooler; 3) Needs no break-in; 4) Burns all the tobacco; 5) Easier to clean, no caking; 6) Never needs ‘drying out;’ 7) Produces up to 83% less tar, up to 71% less nicotine; 8 Provides flavorable, clean taste.”

This is truly a wash-and-smoke pipe. You can simply wash it out with dishwashing soap and rinse it well.

"the pipe" is made out of a phenolic resin and the bowl is lined with a graphite composite. The bowl liners were treated in an electrical vacuum furnace for five to seven days at a temperature of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Methane gas was introduced into the furnace gradually over this time to process the bowl liners from carbon to pyrolytic graphite. Meanwhile, the shells were created by an outside supplier with compression molded phenolic resin, a material similar to Bakelite, according to Taylor.
Thelonious Monkfish

Dave, thanks for the information, the benefits according to Taylor make it sound like a corn cob you can wash, I'll stick with the cob.
Thelonious Monkfish

Got them in today and the Linkman's is a little rougher on top that the photos could pick up but it's workable. Dave, I'm glad your getting the pipe, it was freezing when I opened the package, with winter coming along I don't need a cold metal pipe to hold when it's in the negatives. And, Tom, the MC is stamped 1981 and ITALY on the underside and has a long aluminum corkscrew stinger thing. Really nice looking pipe, missing some chunks on the rim, might nudge it's way to the top of the repair hill.

Another question on MC, Tom, picked up a chubby-Rhodesian-flying saucer-scoop marked Century Old Imported Briar in a way I've seen on some MC pipes but nothing else. Had a funny little rook stinger in it too, good smoker, riddled with fills. Any idea if it's MC?
Piffyr

Alex, according to Pipephil the Century Olds were made by Lorenzo: http://www.pipephil.eu/logos/en/logo-c3.html#centuryold

Probably imported by MC.
Thelonious Monkfish

Close, the letters lean forward more on the stamping though, like CENTURY OLD over IMPORTED BRIAR. No other marking, not even a country.
ted

TM, I know pictures from you are scarce, but I can't just imagine this one.

I think Piffyr has it right. We had a "ground slide" load of pipes from Lorenzo in 1974.
When you can post a picture, I'll know who made it and almost when..

Really surprised that there isn't a country of origin. Could it be a Marxman made for Mastercraft? I'll let you know.. td
Thelonious Monkfish

Yea, really should get a camera, had several but half of them required flash bulbs and none of them could interface with a computer.

The Lorenzo stamp was close, Marxman could explain the rustication on it. Try and get photos this week, wouldn't mind knowing who made it. Thanks for the help.
Thelonious Monkfish

ozark southpaw wrote:
Looks like the Linkmans has only a two digit number,which makes me think it is a very early example. I'm really curious about what type of stem attachment this one uses.
Wish I had a camera, stinger is the tenon, solid aluminum with a cut out on one side of the tip and the other side of the middle, looks like a cut up missile or something. Hopefully pictures this week.
Piffyr

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
Close, the letters lean forward more on the stamping though, like CENTURY OLD over IMPORTED BRIAR. No other marking, not even a country.

Still doesn't count Lorenzo out. Lots of manufacturers have subtly changed their stamping over time. Lorenzo was in business for nearly 50 years. That's plenty of time for a couple of stamp alterations.
Thelonious Monkfish

ted wrote:
TM, I know pictures from you are scarce, but I can't just imagine this one.
Had five minutes with a camera after work so a bunch of stuff I grabbed and snapped a pic and didn't pay much attention, did get these two.

The Scoop


And the 31's stinger

ted

I'm pretty sure the 'scoop' was made by Marxman for Mastercraft.

I've seen that "custombilt" carving on many a Marxman..  td
ozark southpaw

Is there a female aluminum threaded insert in the shank or are the threads cut directly into the wood?  If the latter then it is a very early Grabow-- 1931-2 IIRC.
Thelonious Monkfish

ozark southpaw wrote:
Is there a female aluminum threaded insert in the shank or are the threads cut directly into the wood?  If the latter then it is a very early Grabow-- 1931-2 IIRC.
No threads, it's push.
Thelonious Monkfish

ted wrote:
I'm pretty sure the 'scoop' was made by Marxman for Mastercraft.

I've seen that "custombilt" carving on many a Marxman..  td
That makes sense, I've seen the carving on others too. Got one Marxman Billiard and it smokes great. Off topic, I may have traded the "scoop" and some others for a Nording Calabash. Wouldn't mind keeping it but I held the Nording and knew it would have to come home, hopefully make a deal tomorrow.
Spadefan

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
.......
And the 31's stinger



Nice find.  I dont recall ever seeing a push stem Linkman's like that.  It appears to be the original style stinger from early 30's like Ed said but with a push fitment. Maybe one of the old timers can comment.
Thelonious Monkfish

Spadefan wrote:
Nice find.  I dont recall ever seeing a push stem Linkman's like that.  It appears to be the original style stinger from early 30's like Ed said but with a push fitment. Maybe one of the old timers can comment.
Thanks. Yeah I never seen anything like it either. So most likely it's early 30's would be a safe assumption? Still curious about the aluminum slug/stinger/tenon/ deal, any other examples of this?
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