Not to bather you any more, the straight result
is that we have a temperature drop at least 4º Celsius in the
worst measurement. It happened to be 7º when smoking at low level of the bowl!
That is why I don't experience tongue
bite or any liquids in my mouth...
This means that we can smoke some "difficult" tobaccos too. Or be
somehow nervous in our smoking, because we are used to rapid
smoking, or just happened
for a moment.
On the other hand in every pipe there are
more materials except wood. Glues, acrylic, ebonite, paints,
plastics in filters. All these are sensitive in heat and can produce
unwanted fumes. By cooling the smoke we keep the whole pipe cooler.
Thus all the materials are stable and functioning properly.
Firstly, aspida operates as an excellent moisture
trap. Thus we'll never taste any liquids in our mouth while smoking.
Furthermore, for those of us that cannot bare much
moisture to their puffing, aspida can operate as an ideal moisture
regulator. It grabs the excess liquids and this way we can smoke a
tobacco right from a just opened tin without much notice.
Aspida detains some water-drops on its tip. These
drops act as a perfect-natural filter for the smoke.
Small tobacco particles, even ashes (when
approaching the end of the bowl) will be trapped and stay at the tip
of aspida, preventing entering to our mouth and lungs.
The filter itself, has not so many jobs to carry
out. (Here we see a "balsa" one, to be able to figure out how many
liquids reach to it after passing through aspida)
Without the use of aspida, filter cannot operate
as it has to. There are so many tasks for the filter to carry out at
the same time, so in practice none of them is done in a correct way.
Especially at the end of our bowl (when we mostly need it) as it is
full of liquids that prevent correct fume-filtering.
Many of us use a new filter for every bowl as it becomes full of
dirt. Using aspida before filter, there is no need to change it but
only after 5 or 6 bowls!
Here we see balsa filters after 1-2-3-4
and 5 uses:
There are many smokers that don't use filter
after aspida! Maybe there is no need as we see.
From time to time we can just unscrew the
and have an inspection, to take out the liquids
that gather inside, irrespectively that they cannot reach the mouth.
We saw that Aspida itself acts as an
excellent filter. It just takes advantage of the natural liquids
(from the tobacco and atmosphere) to filter the smoke, preserving
all tobacco flavor and taste.
As we saw, most of the smoke-remains are trapped
into the moist nose of Aspida. Many more are located inside Aspida,
as the internal parts acts as filter too.
Cleaning the internal part of Aspida is as simple
as the outside and can be done with just a handkerchief. Indeed a
simple handkerchief is enough to carry all cleaning process for all:
bowl, Aspida and mouthpiece.
I can open my pipe when I want
Just to inspect the inside.
To take out any small tobacco particle that may close the smoke-hole
To take out any liquids
...without the fear to destroy the mouthpiece tendon geometry.
On the other hand, being able to open the pipe
when it is still warm, can help in deeper and better cleaning.
Liquids had no time to be absorbed by the wood pores. As these pores
are opened, all oils and smelly-moist are removed before they can
get inside them. That otherwise could be a difficult and
time-consuming process -if ever done as deep as now- specially for
Doing so, we have our pipe with very little moisture and just ready
to smoke again - at least once more for today.
Carrying – Cost
I usually do 6-8 bowls
per day, so I need quite enough number of pipes in order to have the
highest pleasure and enjoyment.
In case of Aspida, I can have just one set of [Aspida and 3 kinds of
mouthpieces] with many individual bowls that this set fits to. The 3
kinds of mouthpieces are straight, bent and full bent to match the
shape of bowls I own.
Having just one and only Aspida and 3 mouthpieces
instead of many different -one for every bowl- means that the space
required to store them has gone to minimum, as I don't need to carry
Don't forget safety too. An assembled pipe is
sensitive to pressure. Here we don't face this problem. Also my
bowls breath free unassembled!
This "smoking approach"
gives endless opportunities for conversions... All the bowls are
individually available. One can just replace Aspida with anything he
could think and change the way he smokes at once. Even to remove
it...Or order his dreamed patent for the cost of just one middle
piece in-between the bowls and the mouthpieces he already possesses.
Or increase his rotation, just ordering some more bowls instead of whole
Three bowls that use the same aspida/mouthpiece
(above and following picture):