Today’s review is not particularly exciting or dynamic, but very useful all the same, especially if you are a UK pipe smoker.
Having relaunched my pipe smoking career last December I was in need of some pipe cleaners. Twenty odd years ago they were readily available in all newsagents and supermarkets, but not now. They appear to have morphed completely into a craft product – all pimped up in brightly coloured tinsel! These aren’t “pipe cleaners”, where have all the regular white fluffy ones gone?
Fortunately, a quick search on the web turned up a bargain. A pack of 300 (6 packs of 50) no less – that should keep me going for a while.
I ordered them – as a “they’ll do” kind of purchase – and when they arrived I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting some non branded pipe cleaners, but no these were Wilsons & Co (Sharrow) Ltd, the famous snuff makers since 1737!
As pipe cleaners go, these are really good examples. The last ones I had dated back 25 years or so and were too flexible and had a tendency to compress (bend back on themselves) if a blockage was encountered (not very useful). These new ones however, are more rigid and stay perfectly straight all the way down the mouthpiece and into the bowl itself. Just what I needed.
There is nothing fancy about these Wilsons & Co standard pipe cleaners – they are 16cm long and made from white cotton and suitable for most average sized pipes not long churchwarden types. They are fluffy, but not excessively so and don’t leave annoying fibre debris during the cleaning process. They are absorbsent and wick moisture well (mid smoke) and are perfect for cleaning tobacco pipes.
If you want to make bendy spiders choose the tinsel craft sticks!
Cracking bulk purchase for a low price.