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Which pipe cleaner has the thickest wire?

#1
My favorite pipe cleaner is the B J Long tapered. I keep some Stanwells around for when I need a skinny cleaner. Occasionally, I wish I had a heavier wire gauge cleaner for when I need to "ram through". Suggestions please.
 

PappyJoe

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#2
I use more of Dill's Pipe Cleaners but they aren't very sturdy or thick. When I need something thicker or with a heavier wire, I use Decatur pipe cleaners or bristle cleaners. I'm out of the bristle cleaners at the moment so I can't tell you the brand.
 

Sir Saartan

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#13
Does a bristle cleaner scratch the inside of the stem??
certainly can, if you scrub it hard... while most pipes can take much more of a beating than you expect, the harder
the tool you're using, the less force you should apply when working with them.

However, I wouldn't expect to damage the inside of the stem unless you're actually scrubbing like
you would a dirty cast iron pan. A little common sense when working with a pipe usually answers
most of your concerns.

I must - again - encourage everyone to buy a pipe kit and carve one or 2 blocks themselves. once you've taken
sandpaper and a file to these hobby blocks, it sure teaches you what briar (and acrylic) will or will not tolerate.
 

soutso

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#14
certainly can, if you scrub it hard... while most pipes can take much more of a beating than you expect, the harder
the tool you're using, the less force you should apply when working with them.

However, I wouldn't expect to damage the inside of the stem unless you're actually scrubbing like
you would a dirty cast iron pan. A little common sense when working with a pipe usually answers
most of your concerns.

I must - again - encourage everyone to buy a pipe kit and carve one or 2 blocks themselves. once you've taken
sandpaper and a file to these hobby blocks, it sure teaches you what briar (and acrylic) will or will not tolerate.
I like bent pipes and I am ever so careful working a pipe cleaner through the stems. I cringe when I can feel the tip scraping the inside.
A slight bend in the pipe cleaner helps and I also slowly twist the cleaner as I run it through but you often scratch some small part. I bought some bristle cleaners to sample them but I have not been game enough to give it a go. I do admit to cleaning pretty thoroughly so I know I'll cause more grief than success.
 

Sir Saartan

The Tan Saarlander
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#15
I cringe when I can feel the tip scraping the inside.
I know that feeling... it's like hurting your pipe! :eek:
The pipe cleaners I am using now have a rounded tip that seems not to scratch anything. They lose a bunch
of hair but pulling them through your fingers before use fixes that easily.
Unfortunately, these are most likely not sold in the usa.