Saturday, January 26, 2008
Kaywoodie #42 Super Grain straight apple
As I was going through my "work-on" box I rediscovered this old Kaywoodie and knew I had to clean it up.
Exact dating of Kaywoodies can be a problem, but based on the logo and the stinger configuration this one runs somewhere in the 1940s to 1960s range, and is in pretty good shape for a fifty-year-old pipe. The bowl cants very slightly left of center, so it has some some wear but is not out of balance by any means. Although I am most fond of bent pipes, this simple straight apple is a classic design. The rim has some minor charring, but that is about to be expected for a well-used pipe of this age. The shape number 42 means that this one is a medium apple.
This one smokes quite well and the apple shape is very comfortable in the hand. I might have to forsake my usual bents for this one to get re-seasoned with something I like.
The Super Grain grade is midway in the order of Kaywoodie pipes, and this one will have a place in my permanent collection.