Since I haven't smoked in ages, I've neglected my pipes. I have over a dozen pipes not including the ones I inherited from my Grandpa and all of the stems have oxidized and are in need of treatment. Most pipe stems are made of vulcanite, a hard rubber, that when smoked and left untreated will discolor. Not only is this aesthetically displeasing, it also makes the pipe stem sour and foul tasting. To rectify this the stem needs to be cleaned and buffed. If not too oxidized, this can be done by hand but I choose to have my local tobacconist do it to my Peterson pipe as they have a buffing wheel and can do it relatively quickly.
|After Pic: Good as New.|
|They Even Buffed Out the Band.|
|Ready to Smoke.|