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ZeroContent

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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:18 pm

DrSmoke wrote:
ZeroContent wrote:
I use them most of the time since most of my pipes are 2.5oz+ so clinching is a bit hard on the teeth without them.  Never had a bad taste.  I remove them after smoking and wash them in the sink and toss them into a jar for when I need one again.  I have two sizes as well, the big ones are great for the wider bits. i've seen some people turn them around so the raised part is away from the bit and the end catches on the bit.  

Many thanks for that... great tip (no pun intended) on reversing them. DOH!

brand? where do you buy them?

Steve

I get them from where ever, the latest buy was the oversized ones from PipesandCigars. They were awesome on the wider than average bits so I can clinch my 3oz 8" Tim West monster freehand.
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:51 pm

I use them as well and like them. No trouble with off tastes.

Most of my pipes have saddle bits and the softies work fine on them.

But I have trouble with tapered bits as I don't get a good seal and often draw more air through the leaky softy than I do smoke from the stem.

Also, I'm not exactly sure how they're supposed to be fitted on the pipe, but what I do is to back the "button" on the softy right up to, but not over, the button on the stem.

Makes for very easy clenching.

TLA
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:41 am

TheLowlyApprentice wrote:
I use them as well and like them. No trouble with off tastes.

Most of my pipes have saddle bits and the softies work fine on them.

But I have trouble with tapered bits as I don't get a good seal and often draw more air through the leaky softy than I do smoke from the stem.

Also, I'm not exactly sure how they're supposed to be fitted on the pipe, but what I do is to back the "button" on the softy right up to, but not over, the button on the stem.

Makes for very easy clenching.

TLA

They come in several sizes, I purchase the smallest at 6mm and just stretch it over the larger ones. Makes it a good tight fit without them sliding around. And I don't necessarily buy any particular brand of them. I look for the best deal and buy'em. I just purchased 48 of'em off eBay for $17. I've never had a problem with any I've bought falling apart but, I don't gnaw and chew my stems like a rabid dog either.

Although! On the older much smaller Military bit stems I find them to be loose fitting, reckon shrink tubing will have to do for them.
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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:35 am

TheLowlyApprentice wrote:
...Also, I'm not exactly sure how they're supposed to be fitted on the pipe, but what I do is to back the "button" on the softy right up to, but not over, the button on the stem.

That's my method. When I use them.
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:41 am

I prefer a flatter bit so I find the softies bulk things up too much. I'll try Bullwinkle's approach and cut the ridge off the end and see if that does the trick. I'd really LIKE to like them, as I don't like chewing my stems up either.....
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:55 am

Nope, not for me! Rolling Eyes
A thin bit normally equals a nice bit in my mind. Why make it thick and uncomfortable? I want to feel the bit between my teeth.
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:59 am

CharlG wrote:
Nope, not for me! Rolling Eyes
A thin bit normally equals a nice bit in my mind. Why make it thick and uncomfortable? I want to feel the bit between my teeth.

I perfectly understand where your coming from, it's just that I hate to mar my stems even the least bit, besides I don't clench very often anyhow. Wink
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PostSubject: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:37 pm

Maybe it's because I'm a rank newbie at the puffer's hobby, but when I don't have the Softies installed, I find that each of my pipes requires a unique placement in my mouth in order to get a good purchase on the bit.

Some of my pipes have wide bits, some have narrow, some stems are straight, some are bent and without the Softies, I find myself having to fiddle with each pipe in order to secure it.

And on more than one occasion I've thought that I had a good grip on the pipe when all of a sudden I found that I didn't have such a good purchase on the bit and the pipe torqued in my mouth and I've almost wound up with a lap full of hot coals and ashes.

With the Softies installed I can get a good purchase on the bit in nothin' flat and that's true with any pipe I'm smoking.

Granted, the aesthetics of the Softies leaves something to be desired, but I'll take the convenience and safety of the Softies any day over the aesthetics.

TLA
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:20 pm

TheLowlyApprentice wrote:
Maybe it's because I'm a rank newbie at the puffer's hobby, but when I don't have the Softies installed, I find that each of my pipes requires a unique placement in my mouth in order to get a good purchase on the bit.

Some of my pipes have wide bits, some have narrow, some stems are straight, some are bent and without the Softies, I find myself having to fiddle with each pipe in order to secure it.

And on more than one occasion I've thought that I had a good grip on the pipe when all of a sudden I found that I didn't have such a good purchase on the bit and the pipe torqued in my mouth and I've almost wound up with a lap full of hot coals and ashes.

With the Softies installed I can get a good purchase on the bit in nothin' flat and that's true with any pipe I'm smoking.

Granted, the aesthetics of the Softies leaves something to be desired, but I'll take the convenience and safety of the Softies any day over the aesthetics.

TLA

Your not the only one, being a snaggle tooth with sharp fangs and a chipped tooth ta boot I find it hard to clench comfortably without clenching too hard and marring my stems. I'm so use to softies now that a bare stem seems too hard now, no matter what material it's made of. 5)
What it really comes down to is enjoying the smoke and if we must use a softie to do so, fine. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:58 pm

I only have one pipe that wears a Softee-- a 40+ year old Pete 2nd that is such a good smoker I'm reluctant to send it off to have the bitten-through bit replaced. The Softee has never been a problem for me, and it's cheaper than stem replacement. I agree with the comment above that, for clenchers, different bits pose a need for getting a consistently dependable chomp on the stem. The Softee could help with that.
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PostSubject: Summary (maybe)   Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:11 am

Gents:

From my perspective, great replies from everyone.

1. super tips (no pun intended): cut off the raised ridge, reverse the tip, tubing heat sealed
2. I think one of the things inferred but not explicitly mentioned is the feel of the stem type in the mouth as part of the smoking pleasure. I really enjoy thin and wide stems, e.g. the stem on a Rattray's Glory Days sandblast.
3. Each stem requires its own specific tipping solution to match the stem type.
4. Health issue: remove the tips every so often and clean the tip and the stem! I hadn't thought about this but it makes complete sense. Who knows bacteria lurks under a moist tip rabbit

Thanks again
Steve
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:24 pm

https://www.pipesandcigars.com/p/softy-pipe-bits-pipe-tools/1478264/

Can anyone who happens to have both sizes laying around give me internal diameter measurements in millimeters? What's the hole size for each of these? I'd really appreciate the bother. Or if you just have one size, maybe someone else can offer the other size.

I'm still interested in these Softy bit measurements, but as I waited, I dug. Found this video, and then by luck, I found some black vinyl tubing in that diameter. Used a little fine sandpaper to sand off the sharp edges because 1) when you cut vinyl tubing, the edge is sharp 2) because vinyl is harder, you can sand it vs not being able to sand rubber (if you needed to sand a rubber edge). The vinyl is surprisingly hard, but it is easy to work with if you let it sit in boiling-then-shut-off water for 10-15 seconds. I'm sure you could use a hair dryer with just as much success if you didn't want to mess with boiling water etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpEgSUbuAxI

provided by this user in this thread: http://www.brothersofbriar.com/t28653-one-of-my-fav-youtube-pipe-guys-and-softy-bit-alternative?highlight
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:51 am

Zeno Marx wrote:
https://www.pipesandcigars.com/p/softy-pipe-bits-pipe-tools/1478264/

Can anyone who happens to have both sizes laying around give me internal diameter measurements in millimeters?  What's the hole size for each of these?  I'd really appreciate the bother.  Or if you just have one size, maybe someone else can offer the other size.

I'm still interested in these Softy bit measurements, but as I waited, I dug.  Found this video, and then by luck, I found some black vinyl tubing in that diameter.  Used a little fine sandpaper to sand off the sharp edges because 1)  when you cut vinyl tubing, the edge is sharp  2)  because vinyl is harder, you can sand it vs not being able to sand rubber (if you needed to sand a rubber edge).  The vinyl is surprisingly hard, but it is easy to work with if you let it sit in boiling-then-shut-off water for 10-15 seconds.  I'm sure you could use a hair dryer with just as much success if you didn't want to mess with boiling water etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpEgSUbuAxI

provided by this user in this thread:  http://www.brothersofbriar.com/t28653-one-of-my-fav-youtube-pipe-guys-and-softy-bit-alternative?highlight

Found this: https://www.dhgate.com/product/muxiang-white-black-soft-rubber-tobacco-pipe/266727662.html

Looks like 15mm and 18mm... not sure these are the same size as the pipes and cigars softies...
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:58 pm

Ever try putting one on a Peterson P-lip pipe? Evil or Very Mad Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:50 pm

Corncobcon wrote:
Ever try putting one on a Peterson P-lip pipe? Evil or Very Mad Laughing

Yup. Many of my Pete's are p-lips.

While not necessarily my fave button they never have presented any untoward issues.

FWIW.


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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:11 am

Don't forget to hit the lip with a little pipe wax, or even chapstix, before you try to push the vinyl tubing onto the stem. I've found that to be very helpful when trying for a tight fit.
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Sat May 05, 2018 2:08 pm

I love my pipes just as they come, don't need no rubber (All you Freudians out there must be having a field day right about now!).

Teeth marks on the stems of my expensive pipes? who cares? I'm going to be 64 in July, how many more years before the worms get their teeth marks on me?

In all things, live it up whilst ye can!
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Sat May 05, 2018 4:27 pm

smoker13 wrote:
I love my pipes just as they come, don't need no rubber (All you Freudians out there must be having a field day right about now!).

Teeth marks on the stems of my expensive pipes? who cares? I'm going to be 64 in July, how many more years before the worms get their teeth marks on me?

In all things, live it up whilst ye can!
I too thought it was ridiculous...for decades. Never tried it once. Then... I had a pipe I wasn't enjoying holding, and the bit sat in my teeth funny. I couldn't get comfortable with it at all. I planned to sell it, and I think I did offer it here or to a friend. I had some vinyl tubing laying around, so when I ran into that bit hack on youtube, I thought, "Why not?" Gave it a try. Completely changed my relationship with that pipe. I still don't like to hold it in my hand, but it now fits in my bite just perfectly. It's actually one of my favorite pipes now. It was worth the experiment.

But I've also been able to find some empathy for those who have bite problems, sensitive teeth, or whatever might make bits a necessity in order for them to continue enjoying their pipes. Different strokes for different folks.

I've wanted to start a thread about pipes that only seem to work if you clench them. The aforementioned pipe is the most awkward holder. Love the shape, but it wants to sit cockeyed one way or another in my hand. Never had a pipe that wanted to go this way or that way, but not the way I want it. But it is a dream of a clencher (with the bit). Great balance and weight.
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PostSubject: Re: Mouth-bites/'Softee-bits'   Mon May 07, 2018 10:00 am

I too thought they were kind of silly, but on a whim I bought a pack.  For one thing, they're way cheaper than a new stem; I have a couple pipes with bite-throughs that needed one but they weren't pipes I smoked very often so I really didn't want to spend the money on them; they just got relegated to the bottom of the rack.  Stuck on a softee, viola! No new stem needed!

Also like Zeno I have one or two pipes that I love but that just have never felt right in the mouth.  Tried a softee and them and now they're much more enjoyable to smoke.

I'll never be one of those guys with a softee on every bit, but they've come on handy for me in an instance or two.
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