Up for your viewing pleasure is the rebirth of an old Peterson’s pipe. It’s marked Peterson’s London and Dublin and X105 London Made over England. I won’t try to estimate the age but it must have been lightly smoked and stored for many years, maybe in the sunlight. The stem was oxidized so badly that I wondered if vulcanite stems were maybe produced in brown! It looked like a new stem with no tooth chatter, just a medium brown color smooth to the touch. The stummel was fill free but it looked like the finish was totally gone except for a few spots. The rim had some scorch marks with light buildup. The chamber had a thin cake that I reamed a little bit more to smooth it out.
First order of business is always do the oxyclean soak on the stem while I do the alcohol/cotton ball soak in the bowl. After several hours soaking, the stem was still as brown as ever. Another soak overnight with no change in color, and no white moldy looking oxidation. Scrubbing with barkeepers friend only SLIGHTLY lessened the brown color. But at least I knew it wasn’t a brown stem now, so I wet sanded with 320 paper and up until it was ready for the buffing wheels. The bowl internals were cleaned out after removal from the alcohol soak. I find the tars and gunk are softened enough for easy removal. I used steel wool to clean the scorch marks off of the rim and the rest of the finish from the bowl. Light sanding to make it silky smooth and a wipe down with olive oil followed by a trip to the buffer station. Starting with green tripoli and red tripoli followed by white diamond finishing with carnauba wax and a flannel polish. I find the “magic” really happens with white diamond when buffing a stem. The 2 tripoli bars cut the oxidation down but when you use white diamond compound, it turns to a mirror shine. Well here is the finished pipe, thanks for stopping by!