Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Vintage Ad (1942): Kaywoodie

A simple ad from the World War 2 era featuring a picture of a Kaywoodie lovat, which they probably just called a Canadian. To my knowledge, Kaywoodie never bothered to differentiate between the different styles of long-shanked pipes.


  1. I have a question for you. I have been researching pipes and want to take up pipe smoking. However, I would like a kaywoodie and do not want to be fooled into buying something I think is a kaywoodie and it is not. How do I know if I am buying a kaywoodie or just something passed off as kaywoodie? Also I would likee something with the drinkless system but do you know how that works and is it hard to clean? any help you can give will help me immensely. Jeremy

  2. First please refer to for info on identifying Kaywoodie pipes. I was able to buy one of the last hardcopies of this work and have found it to be invaluable.

    Second, for info on the drinkless system, you may refer to one of my own posts, They are only a little more difficult to clean than a conventional stem, but they are nothing to be concerned about.

    Be warned that newer Kaywoodies were actually made by S.M. Frank and are, in my opinion, inferior to real Kaywoodies. You can't get real Kaywoodies new anymore, although you can find plenty of estate pipes on eBay, however as a new pipe smoker you might want to steer clear of used pipes until you get the swing of things with a new pipe that you get to break in yourself. Sometimes restoring an estate pipe can be quite a chore but I've done it lots of times and it's a lot of fun to bring an old pipe back to decent smoking condition.

    Email me at barzai(at)blazeisp(dot)com if you want to discuss it further. If you do get hold of an old Kaywoodie that needs refurbishing and you don't feel confident in doing it yourself, I'd be happy to work on it for you, no charge (shipping cost only). However there are professionals who can do it and probably do it better than I can, check out for info on pipe makers and restorers.

    Be sure you don't buy a Kaywoodie with a broken stem. I don't know if anyone replaces stems with drinkless systems anymore. Also be sure that you don't buy one that someone has cut the stinger off of. Kaywoodie collectors hate this.

  3. Brother, finally got around a corner and picked up a C&D sampler. Bayou Am and PM are both marvelous. Just fantastic. I got the AM flake, and I think i'll go for the bulk blend next time. I don't know if i'm ready to mix it with MORE perique, though. That would be quite an experience!

  4. I googled "yello-bole" and got your blog. I collect odd bits of junk for my artwork and recently acquired what looks like a small pair of really weird scissors, but the blades don't extend and there's no place for your fingers... ok, maybe scissors isn't the best comparison. They are strange, new looking and have the words 'yello-bole' PAT.PEND Japan... if you know what these are, and want them, let me know and I'll mail them to you. I can't use them and maybe you can. You can reach me through my website

  5. These days, as any pipe smoker will tell you, the media is full of reasons why you shouldn’t smoke and invariably cigarettes, pipes and cigars are all lumped in together. The newspaper reports will tell you that smoking is bad for your lungs, bad for your heart, bad for your arteries and just generally bad for your health in general.