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85 Brigham Pipes ( 9 Fresh )
Brigham pipes began in Toronto, Canada, in 1906 when Roy Brigham opened a shop. The business grew, and there were five other craftsmen by 1918 working on pipes that became famous all over Canada. The early 1900s saw great innovation from pipe companies around the globe, and Brigham focused on removing the dreaded 'tongue bite' that so many smokers experienced. By inventing a rock maple insert in 1938 Brigham was able to help smokers enjoy a pipe without scalding their tongue. The 3-inch-long wooden insert is about as large in diameter as a sucker stick, and has a hole drilled through the center which allows a pipe cleaner to pass through. While smoking, tars and moisture are absorbed by the maple and the smoker can enjoy pure tobacco flavor.
All Brigham pipes have the rock maple insert which fits securely in the long, nylon tenon on the stem. The insert can be changed when darkened, or cleaned with alcohol to further the life. Both vulcanite and acrylic mouthpieces are used, though the Chinook, Heritage, and Gigante pipes each have a hand-cut acrylic bit. Most shapes are classic variations that will be smooth, sandblasted, or rusticated and feature Brigham's unique "precarb" that consists of red clay to protect the bowl.