An absolute must if you tend to gnaw your stems a bit. There is a bit of rubber smell/ taste that is removed with a quick wipe with some bourbon.
The only caveat is that is you slobber a bit when smoking, your saliva will get trapped under the rubbe... Read Morer and give you a bitter, charred taste if you don't make a point of removing it. Read Less
If you have teeth that are more suited towards dismembering bodies than gently gripping a vulcanite stem, these bits are for you. They last a couple of weeks before they tear, and they can save you from much labor at the buffing wheel. Just remember ... Read Moreto pull them off after every smoke, or else you may find your vulcanite stems discolor a bit more swiftly. Read Less
I have an a 20+ year old Savinelli that is one of my favorites, its' age reflected by the wear on the bit inflicted by my teeth. Since these looked like an inexpensive solution, I decided to give them a try. It changed the whole feel of the pipe and ... Read Moremade it far easier to hold in my teeth whilst working at the computer. Since I like to smoke when I am writing I could not be happier. I am not sure if it will work with a Peterson P- lip but I will give that a try. I would recommend these wholeheartedly to anyone who smokes and works with one's hands at the same time. Read Less
Just got these today, put 1 on my favorite pipe and it works like a charm. Now, I wear dentures and couldn't grip my pipe to well, but now, it's a snap, like when I had real teeth, and, these work lots better than rubber bands,which I used to use.
I currently have appx. 125 pipes in my collection, both new and estate and every on has one of these on the tip. To me it makes the pipe more enjoyable and when I sell a pipe the estate pipes are no worse than when I bought them and the new pipes wil... Read Morel have no teeth marks when I go to sell them. Read Less
I find a lot of garage sale and flea market "estate" pipes that are nice from the bowl down to the stem but the bit has bite through or even chips or chunks broken out at the very end. These are perfect for turning a bad stem into a usable ... Read Moregreat smoker with out costly repairs or replacements. Yes, they are rubber with a rubber taste, but if you wash with unscented dish soap before use, and wipe down with ethanol after each smoke, the rubber smell and taste diminishes after a few bowls. As long as you keep your tongue off it, it's not noticable at all. Read Less
I only have one decent briar, and while I usually use my cobs or a cheapy for hands-free smoking, I have found that over time my teeth have been cutting into the stem.
These start off very small, and it was hard to get on. But once it was on, it is ... Read Moreso tight it conforms perfectly to the stem and almost looks like part of the pipe. My stem is now protected, and is also less likely to slip out of my teeth and hit the ground.
I noticed the "rubber tire" smell when opening the packet, but can't taste it when smoking...at all. Read Less
I find these useful on long straight stem pipes, where I have a tendency to bite down on the stem to support the weight. When I have an empty pipe in my mouth, I also find that I bite down on the stem quite hard. I don't find that the the rubber prot... Read Moreectors impart any flavour on my tobacco, but that's because I have minimal contact with them. If I push the rubber a few millimetres past the actual stem end, my lips are on the stem, and my teeth are on the rubber, and the smoke flows normally. Read Less
I don't give tobacco bad reviews because I'm always open to individual tastes. My trash is your treasure. This product on the other hand I'm cautioning you against but at around $1 it could be argued "you make the call".
This product s... Read Moremells and TASTES like new bike tire inner-tube and left a bad rubber aftertaste in my mouth. I found myself spitting the taste out after almost every pull. Read Less
Protect your stems!! Feels great on the teeth and will make it easier to support larger pipes with your teeth. I haven't punctured one yet. Easy to install and remove. So cheap, might as well give them a try.
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