More then ten years now, I prefer to smoke in my own way: using Aspida.
The name originates from Greek language and means: Shield.
It's a new fabrication of mine that I would like to speak about, today.
This is one of the first original designs, some years ago: (You can read about it here)
The following draft drawings show more details:
|On the nose tip there is a wall, a vertical flat surface, where the hot smoke steam hits against. By the side there are 6 small holes of 1.7mm each. (6 x 1.7mm = 10.2mm equal diameter - thus there is no obstruction when sucking). On the opposite side there is a deep hole of 8.8mm diameter (for any kind of 9mm filter), which guides to a 10.3 or 10.5mm diameter to accept the corresponded tendon of the mouthpiece.|
|It can be dressed up with wood, horn, ivory, tortoise shell, silver etc.|
This thermometer pictured, is a special one
(although cheap enough if someone wants to test) and can measure temperatures
up to 70º Celsius. It incorporates a tiny heat sensor to get into
small openings and a digital display.
That is why I don't experience tongue
bite or any liquids in my mouth...
On the other hand in every pipe there are more materials except wood. Glues, acrylic, ebonite, paints, plastics in filters. All these are sensitive in heat and can produce unwanted fumes. By cooling the smoke we keep the whole pipe cooler. Thus all the materials are stable and functioning properly.
Here we see balsa filters after 1-2-3-4
and 5 uses:
From time to time we can just unscrew the aspida and have an inspection, to take out the liquids that gather inside, irrespectively that they cannot reach the mouth.
We saw that Aspida itself acts as an excellent filter. It just takes advantage of the natural liquids (from the tobacco and atmosphere) to filter the smoke, preserving all tobacco flavor and taste.
On the other hand, being able to open the pipe
when it is still warm, can help in deeper and better cleaning.
Liquids had no time to be absorbed by the wood pores. As these pores
are opened, all oils and smelly-moist are removed before they can
get inside them. That otherwise could be a difficult and
time-consuming process -if ever done as deep as now- specially for
Don't forget safety too. An assembled pipe is
sensitive to pressure. Here we don't face this problem. Also my
bowls breath free unassembled!
Three bowls that use the same aspida/mouthpiece (above and following picture):
to 9mm filter pipes
Many friends asked for a patent, to use aspida on their ordinal 9mm filter pipes.
Well, here it is, a special aspida, preserving the use of the 9mm filter as well.
for pipes with filter
First one pictured,
replaces 9mm filters and
The third one is used for non-filter pipes.
All of the three can be used "forever".
I was told that smoking is "bad for my health". Shouldn't I try to reduce damage?
Thank you for accompanying me to my pipe world...
YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuaMY7bP4iY