- Thomas Tkach wrote:
- Maybe I need a new thread, but how do you clenchers clench?
Front of the mouth on the end of the stem with teeth perpendicular to stem?
End of the stem further back toward the molars with stem closer to parallel with molars?
Something in between?
I swear in some pictures I see, the saddle part of the bit is almost at the smokers' lips. That would give the jaw a rest and a lot more leverage, but I'd think you'd have teeth marks/chatter all over the stem.
Depending on the pipe and weight, I will fall into the above category. I clench.
I have clenching pipes and I have sitting, dress pipes. My clenchers are the ones I find myself reaching for because it's rare that all I am doing is smoking. Usually I smoke while mowing the grass, driving, or doing something else that requires my arms.
Here is my break down of how I clench. (I don't clench non-saddle bit straights - requires too much pressure = wrecked stem and tired jaw)
Saddle Bits Straight: Button is usually on my molars and the stem is 3/4 " into my mouth.
Partial Bent: Typically the button is just behind my side teeth or between my teeth about 1/2 " into my mouth
Full Bent: Button is right behind my teeth 1/8 -1/4 " into my mouth most of the pipe weight hanging off my jaw
I don't so much clench as I do keep my teeth close enough together to keep the pipe from falling out. I used to "clench" which led to a very abused first couple of cheap pipes. My cobs all have a mighty fine indent where my canine finds it's home. It's like a butt print on your favorite couch.
Just slide it in until it clicks and there it stays until I decide to talk. (sometimes if I'm driving I'll talk with the pipe in my mouth anyway - advanced pipe skills I don't recommend it if you care about spillage on your pants)