|Icon in Copper, Steel & Brass
|click picture to enlarge.
money back guarantee. If you are not smiling after the first 5 tamps, you may send it back within 2 weeks. Yes, you can actually
use it, try it out with a few of your favorite pipes, and still send it back if not completely satisfied!
I designed the Icon tamper to be modern and functional. There are no decorative
angles or shapes. Very Modernism or Bauhaus. It has been undeniably beautiful in aluminum. Now solid heavy metals, takes the
humble pipe accessory and makes it a proper tool. Originally only available in aluminum, the Icon is now also made from solid
Copper and Stainless Steel. These metals are about the same weight (Copper feels the heaviest) and I've chosen to not worry
about exact costs. They are priced according to the two sizes, Classic or Table Top. The choice is simply up to your preference.
They are a hefty tool in the hand. Copper and Stainless Steel are much more expensive and more difficult to work with (especially
Stainless Steel), but you and your friends will definitely know where that extra cost went. The Icon in Copper or Steel weighs
much more than the aluminum version.
If you like the heft of
a solid, reliable tool in your hand, like a classic fountain pen or a silver lighter, you will enjoy the feel of the Icon
in solid heavy metal.
Copper will patina. In Copper, the high polish,
like a new penny, will change to a copper-brown without occasional polishing.
Stainless Steel will
not change too much, retaining most of it's polish, especially with regular use.
There is only a
thin application of vegetable oil which is just for traveling and is not permanent. These are not lacquered or coated in any
way to prevent oxidation since they will be in direct contact with fire and burning embers. Some people like the patina of
antique metals like on older silver items, some do not. Polishing with household metal cleaners (some use toothpaste) as you
use on your silverware and copper pots and pans is recommended if you prefer to keep them bright and shiny.
These tools are extremely strong and will be your beautiful and unbreakable companions
that you can rely on in any circumstance, from working in the shop or camping to private clubs or a night out.
Cocobolo rosewood from Central America, Mexico and some parts of the western United States, is a true rosewood
(Dalbergia retusa.) When freshly cut it can be bright orange or yellow, and this is interwoven with black and dark
brown grains. In time it may oxidize to a rich orange-red becoming more and more appealing.
|Icon in solid rosewood
|click picture to enlarge.
in Solid Rosewood 2008 - Classic
inches long (10.2 cm)
$45.00 each, US
Please email me with details for international shipping.
Full money back guarantee. If you are not smiling after the first 5 tamps, you may send it back within 2
weeks. Yes, you can actually use it, try it out with a few of your favorite pipes, and still send it back if not completely
The above rosewood Icons
have been sold, but are here as an example of the general look of the piece you could have. The grain and colors of course
can not be exact as we are dealing with wood, a natural product that is not predictable.
The Icon shape and it's classic Modernism
themes of minimal aesthetics and total functionality have become well known. However mix that with the powerful reds &
oranges, browns & blacks of the rosewood grain and you're just in an whole other space.
These are solid pieces of wood, made from rosewood boards which are cut down to size, lathed,
sanded to final shape and finally finished with a coat of carnuba wax. Engraving of the minimal nomenclature is the last thing
to be done. These exotic hardwoods while being strong are more difficult to make than the aluminum tampers because they require
more hand work. Wood is too delicate to be taken down too far on a powerful machine like a lathe.