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Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

This is a discussion on Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper? within the General Pipe Forum forums, part of the Pipe Smokers Forums category; While browsing several pipe smoker videos on You Tube I noticed all of them seem to use a tamper. I've ...

  
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    Young Fish


     

    Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    While browsing several pipe smoker videos on You Tube I noticed all of them seem to use a tamper.

    I've been smoking a pipe for 40 years off and on yet have never owned or used a tamper....I just use my forefinger instead.

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    Wizard of the puff shire Gandalf The Gray's Avatar


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    I use a tamper, it does come in handy when you have a scorching hot ember in your bowl . Plus I find it fun to make my own tampers, 30-30 shells make for great tamper bottoms.

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    Sot-weed Bohemian freestoke's Avatar


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    Quote Originally Posted by A Scot in Argentina View Post
    I just use my forefinger instead.
    You tamp, you merely use different equipment. I'd say the finger works with ribbon okay, but to make a flake behave, it's better to use a wooden tamper. I prefer a golf tee for cobs.
    Vegetarian -- that's an old Indian word meaning "lousy hunter". -- Andy Rooney

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    No longer a community member.


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    I use a three in one, though I have been caught with a plain old pipe nail lately- I think I'm becoming more simplistic as I age

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    My cat's Chief of Staff El wedo del milagro's Avatar


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    I use a clothespin as a tamper. It is starting to get a nice color.

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    Wizard of the puff shire Gandalf The Gray's Avatar


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    Quote Originally Posted by El wedo del milagro View Post
    I use a clothespin as a tamper. It is starting to get a nice color.
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    Young Fish


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    Quote Originally Posted by freestoke View Post
    You tamp, you merely use different equipment. .

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    Snuff-hound steinr1's Avatar


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    Quote Originally Posted by A Scot in Argentina View Post
    While browsing several pipe smoker videos on You Tube I noticed all of them seem to use a tamper.

    I've been smoking a pipe for 40 years off and on yet have never owned or used a tamper....I just use my forefinger instead.
    After 40 years, your calloused finger won't be able to be harmed by conventional weapons.

    I quite often just use my thumb or finger for smaller pipes. I do love paraphernalia, however; tampers add to that joy.
    "Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level." - Quentin Crisp

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    Old Man Nachman's Avatar


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    My father used his finger to tamp.
    Those that know don't tell, and those that tell don't know.

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    I use a finger or tamper. Playing guitar and doing construction has made my hands very calloused.

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    Sot-weed Bohemian freestoke's Avatar


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    Just thought I'd add some tamper extremism to the thread. Wooden tampers
    Vegetarian -- that's an old Indian word meaning "lousy hunter". -- Andy Rooney

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    Maturing Puffer Fish


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    I don't use my finger as a tamper but I have used some weird objects to tamp before. 30.30 shells, a nail, sticks, and the worst of all... my wife's mascara bottle ( times get tough, don't judge hah).

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    Newbie in the ocean


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tasiac View Post
    I don't use my finger as a tamper but I have used some weird objects to tamp before. 30.30 shells, a nail, sticks, and the worst of all... my wife's mascara bottle ( times get tough, don't judge hah).
    You sir are a brave man!

    Justin Bowerman 32

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    Snuff-hound steinr1's Avatar


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge1978 View Post
    You sir are a brave man!

    Justin Bowerman 32
    I first thought that you meant using an unspent rouind as a tamper. But you obviously meant the mascara. Now that is dangerous...
    "Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level." - Quentin Crisp

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    Newbie in the ocean blueeyedogre's Avatar


     

    Re: Am I the only one who doesn't use a tamper?

    Used a nail tamp with everything but flake as my fore finger doesn't fit in any but my largest of bowls.

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