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Rubber mouthpiece (Softy Bit)

Postby Brett » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:05 pm

Does anyone use these?

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Do you find they are useful to prevent teethmarks on the stem of your pipe, and to help you get a better grip whilst 'clenching'?
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby HCraven » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:22 pm

Yep, got one on every one of the pipes I smoke regularly. No tooth marks, and I find that I can slack up my clench a bit more than I can without them. Plus, I don't care if a bit is vulcanite or acrylic, they're all comfortable to clench with a softie on them.

Some like them, some don't. Give 'em a shot and see what you think.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby RompinDonkey » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:24 pm

I like them. Although my stems come in all shapes and sizes, using the bits somehow gives them all a more uniform feel.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby Brett » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:59 pm

Well, I've just discovered these little treasures, and have been using them for a couple of weeks, and WOW, what a difference.
It took a few days to get rid of the slight 'rubbery' taste, but then they really made a huge difference and made it so much easier & more comfortable to clench the pipe (especially a larger heavier pipe) to leave my hands free.
And no more teethmarks & scratches on my stems. :D
I wish I'd found these little beauties sooner.
I'm going to order a few more and put them on all my pipes.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby aquaholic » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:07 pm

I don't care for them myself, the make the bit too thick for my liking. I clench a lot but I don't seem to do it hard enough to leave bite marks, just a bit of tooth chatter at most which buffs out easy enough
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby RompinDonkey » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:50 pm

I remember buying a couple once that were covered in a white powder. Always wash this off. It must be something to do with the moulding process. It tastes very bitter and isn't nice at all.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby Dodger » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:25 pm

RompinDonkey wrote:I remember buying a couple once that were covered in a white powder. Always wash this off. It must be something to do with the moulding process. It tastes very bitter and isn't nice at all.

Alan it is talcum powder to stop the rubber sticking to the mould or itself .

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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby acaciavet » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:15 pm

Like putting seat covers on a car,or taking a shower with a rain coat. Think about the grunge under neath that softy no thanks mate. :shock:
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby RompinDonkey » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:14 pm

Dodger wrote:
RompinDonkey wrote:I remember buying a couple once that were covered in a white powder. Always wash this off. It must be something to do with the moulding process. It tastes very bitter and isn't nice at all.

Alan it is talcum powder to stop the rubber sticking to the mould or itself .

Not a lot of people know that :D



Not that I go around licking talcum powder or anything - -this stuff is industrial bitter shite.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby BladeBoy » Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:53 am

I use them when ever possible, protects the bit from damage and aids in gripping the pipe.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby NoBail » Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:42 am

I use them if I'll be reading or working with my hands. However, I take them off and drop them in Ever clear to await the next use. You can find larger 12mm ones on eBay for the larger pipes. If you leave them on they can also leave a mark on the vulcanite from differing UV exposure.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby ewlewis » Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:36 pm

Absolutely dislike these things. I am a clencher and find these make the bit far to thick and actually decreases comfort for me.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby newyorkhorseman » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:30 am

Especially on Castellos, these are almost impossible to put on. And the result is a huge mouthpiece which for me is uncomfortable.

I like my bits "au natural" and the toothmarks on my pipes will be my wife's problem when I go to that big tobacco shop in the sky
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby Bob » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:39 am

I don't like them either for all the same reasons that were already stated.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby FlakedOut » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:23 pm

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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby daniel87829 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:28 pm

I don't use softy bits but when i do i prefer het shrink tubing
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby acaciavet » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:40 pm

They leave a mark on my Wallet! :lol:

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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby Condoranian » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:13 pm

Tried them ..don't like them. If you are clenching hard on a pipe then you are probably got a pipe thats too heavy. I try to aim for zero teeth marks then I know I am holding a pipe properly. Works for me!

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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby Brett » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:35 pm

BladeBoy wrote:I use them when ever possible, protects the bit from damage and aids in gripping the pipe.


Absolutely. I've been using them a while now, and find they make it much easier & more comfortable to clench on, and protects the stem from teeth-marks. I couldn't go back to not using them.
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Re: Rubber mouthpiece

Postby ScotsJim » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:50 pm

Condoranian wrote:Tried them ..don't like them. If you are clenching hard on a pipe then you are probably got a pipe thats too heavy. I try to aim for zero teeth marks then I know I am holding a pipe properly. Works for me!

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I've never understood teeth marks on a pipe stem. If you have to clench that hard it reveals two things ;

1) You're not relaxed. Clenching that hard is akin to gritting one's teeth. How's that conducive to relaxation ?

2) Like Dave's already stated, you've got a pipe that's too heavy.
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