Do you like your silver (or other bands) clean or tarnished?

How do you keep your bands?

  • I keep every band shined up nicely

    Votes: 26 35.6%
  • I like to let them patina

    Votes: 10 13.7%
  • A little of column A, a little of column B

    Votes: 30 41.1%
  • I don't want no fandgled adornments on my pipes / Get off my lawn!

    Votes: 7 9.6%

  • Total voters
    73

Bach6032

Well-known member
  • I keep every band shined up nicely
  • I like to let them patina
  • A little of column A, a little of column B
  • I don't want no fandgled adornments on my pipes / Get off my lawn!
  • I don't have a pipe with a metal band
Option (5) for me. But if I did have a pipe with a nice metal band, the answer would be (1).
 
Okay. A layer of oxidation will slow the oxidation process. Seems kinda oxymoronic. It’s like saying rust prevents rust. But I am aware that over polishing is bad too. Hence my dry wipe remark. Shiny bands are my preference but I’m not a zealot about it.
I have a silver plate razor from very early 1900’s. Before I got it no idea how like it was tarnished but it was black. Polished it up used it a few times and then put it in the case for 14 years. When I went to use it it was again black. No harm done in the 120 years it’s been around.
 
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