Hi I’m Andy Wike. And I’m Adam O’Neill. Welcome to another episode of All Pipes Considered.
So today we’re going to be talking about military mounts, so the first question I guess is: “what is a military mount?”
And the answer is, essentially, that it is a pipe that uses… well specifically the mount uses a reinforcement around the mortise so that we can take a tenon [stem] that is just tapered but doesn’t actually have that tenon, instead is just pressure fit and slides easily into the pipe.
Right, so according to the old apocryphal tale I mean all this sort of started around World War I, when a soldier had broken his mortise on his pipe, and he fixed it by sort of shoring it up with a spent shell casing. And this allowed him to just sort of like stick his tenon through that shell casing and then it reinforced that mortise and allowed the crack not to expand anymore when he was smoking it. Which is pretty damn smart. But it also means that now we
Yeah. have the military mount, which is a been a bit of a blessing on the pipe world. It’s been used quite frequently ever since.
Right. And from Peterson, which we’re both smoking, to Savinellis, and even some higher grade pipemakers make quite extensive use of the military amount.
Yeah, and it really provides a lot of practical benefits.
Right. I mean you can…because you have this reinforcing band, this reinforcing mount around your mortise, it’s a pressure fit. So you can take your tenon off, you can take your mouthpiece off, while it’s still hot, and you don’t really run the risk of, you know, your mortise expanding and cracking or anything like that. Which is what you’d usually run into in a more traditionally engineered pipe. You know? And so, like, they’re really good for travel, because you can just break them down, stick them in your pocket and go.
Or if you’re a bit obsessive like me and you like to have your pipes cleaned then and there, which usually you’ve got to wait at least a few hours. At least. Better off a day. But now I can just take it out and get it cleaned real quick.
Right. So all this started back in World War I, right. But today, I mean, it’s one of the more common accessories, I mean you know, little features on pipes, you know. From your Petersons and Savinellis, like, all the way to artisanal handmade pipes.
Right. And we see it in a few different ways. I mean like, you know, there’s the traditional — more traditional — army mount, there’s the spigot, of course. Which is essentially the same thing, except, where your tenant fits into the mortise you would actually wrap the tenon itself in metal as well,
Right à la, the Peterson Spigot line.
Yeah, they’ve had a lot of success with that. Right.
It’s a really unique aesthetic. It provides a visual break in a way that would probably be clunky otherwise, but it’s really elegant,
Right. in a lot of ways. And you know just speaking from an aesthetic standpoint like, military mounts and spigot mounts, they like sort of allow you to do things that you wouldn’t normally be able to do. And you know on this pipe for example you’ve got this rounded, bullet, you know, shank face. And it sort of allows you to have this more streamlined mouthpiece, without having a really hard visual break. It’s sort of just all visually stepped , you know, for a
Right. really fluid composition overall.
Whereas usually if you wanted that bullet, you’d have to have the bullet, and then you have another step down on the stem. But this way it’s just one solid step and then out along the stem.
And that brings us to another point to, I guess, is you know a lot of people are fashioning what appears to be military and spigot mounts but there but…
They’ve actually got a traditional tenon and mortise joint. And it’s more just for an aesthetic
Right. quality. Which is fine as well, I mean you don’t get the practical features of being able to… but these are usually like more artisnal pipes anyway which, you know, with my old Peterson I’m a little bit easier going, and just breaking it down as soon as I finish the smoke, but obviously if it’s an artisanal pipe you really don’t want to do that. So, the downside really isn’t so much there but…
Sure, yeah it’s just that how artisans have sort of taken this more practical, functional feature and applied it to their compositions in a way that makes sense. You know, it’s really
Right. balanced, they’re using it in a way that complements their design, so.
Right. And yeah you can find them, like Adam said, you know from Peterson and Savinelli like all the way to artisan, I mean, handmade pipes, I mean, there’s a lot of breath there, and if you’re interested in checking out some army mounts, or some military mounts, or even some spigot mounts, we have quite a few on the site. Peterson has a breadth of them as well.
Yeah, I might actually try and find some of the higher end ones, and maybe drop them into the YouTube comments as well, so check those out. I think
Yep. that’s about it. Alright.
I think so too. Thanks guys, this has been an…
Thanks for watching another episode. Have a good one.