Sandblasting brings out amazing grain structure and texture in a pipe. It is a myth that sandblasted pipes are made of lesser quality briar than smooth finished pipes. Many of the pipes that I blast would make very nice smooth pipes, but I choose the pipes I sandblast based on the horizontal grain and hardness of the briar. A pipe that is well blasted is, in my opinion as beautiful as any smooth finished pipe and brings a great tactile experience to the smoking experience.
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