Shortening a stem

I have a Peterson’s Sterling Silver X105 with a F/T replacement stem. It’s hallmarked with an S but I’m not sure if it’s 1983 or 2003. Anyway, I think the stem is too massive for this pipe. Despite having many other pipes awaiting a renewal, I got a wild hair and decided to shorten the stem.

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Here it’s compared to a DeLuxe X105 with a P-lip. As you can see, it’s just too large, even though it mated to the shank perfectly.

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I scored a line where I wanted to shorten it to.
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I used my dremel to cut it down to about a 1/4″ before the line. So the line would be filed down to define the bit. I used a small file and sandpapers to take off as much excess vulcanite as I could to narrow the profile of the shape. I used a grinding disk on my dremel that I saved just for the purpose of cutting a slot in the end. Then a slot file to funnel it out to pass a pipe cleaner.
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I wasn’t too neat cutting the slot and I will go slower next time.

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The bit came out real good and the flow of the stem is more fitting to the X105 shape. See how it compares to the DeLuxe with factory stem.

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Now that little nagging voice can shut up. Every time I’d smoke that pipe, it kept telling me to cut it down. I wonder which is the next pipe to call out to me to repair a fill, a little extra sanding or make a stem adjustment instead of just being able to enjoy the smoke. It’s not like I don’t have enough bowls and pipes to work on!

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Thanks for looking!

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