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Any particular resin glue or fast drying clay that you recommend? I’d stay away from the JB Weld as it is too modern.
Come to think of it, I now remember that the collar was solidly connected to the pipe bowl because it had something like a ghee rag around the inside of the collar, which decreased the radius to fit properly. The ghee rag didn’t hang out like how I see modern day opium smokers have it. It was just a sliver around inside of the collar. I think that the substance that was used to adhere the ghee rag was opium resin. Stupidly, I think I removed this for some oddball reason.
So Josh, you’re guess is that the pipe stem is bamboo, and the saddle is paktong. Take a look at the attachment, and you will see that I have attached a wider shot of the whole pipe. Has your guess changed? What about the ends? I think they are jadeite.
Side question: I’d like to clean up the saddle. I know lots of antique buyers forbid such a change to their items, but I know that the pipe will be way more attractive if I shined it up. I can still keep some spots that indicate it was used for its intended purpose. So the question is: what is good to clean paktong with? Citric acid and water? And polish with steel wool?