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.
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.
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.
I wasn’t too neat cutting the slot and I will go slower next time.
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.
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!
Thanks for looking!