First of all the necessary and indispensable accessories for pipes:
It is necessary to regularly pass the pipe-cleaner through the tobacco pipe, the bit (bore) and the stem (filter) to rid it of humidity, the tar and nicotine. The frequency will vary according to the type of tobacco smoked. You may also soak the pipe-cleaner in a little alcohol for deeper cleaning.
The exterior of the pipe may also be waxed slightly using beeswax, or even better, Renaissance wax
which you can find easily (through eBay).
For those using 9mm filters it is important not to forget the interior of the mortise (see photo) this is done using a cotton swab. Actually, this is the area where tar and nicotine accumulate most rapidly.
The pipe-cleaner is used to tamper the embers, unblock the stem and mouthpiece, and remove the dottle remaining in the chamber. It also allows scraping the surface of the heel of the chamber but only with limited efficiency.
This regular but necessary cleaning will offer you an enhanced smoking experience.
Indispensable when the heel of the chamber is very deep (+1mm)
Attention! This operation is very dirty so allow for an adequate work space.
The reamer is an ideal tool to reduce the layer in the heel. Its use is quite straightforward: The roller screw (2) allows adjustment of the blade diameter (3) in the chamber (clockwise, the blades spread out...) Adjust (2) in one direction or the other to allow entrance to the chamber. Turn the reamer using it to (1) scrape, and then readjust (2) to ream more deeply.
Cleaning with salt, such a practice will ensure your wooden pipe is as good as new.
Insert the pipe-cleaner into the stem as far as the mouthpiece to block it (you can pre-soak it in alcohol). Fill the chamber with salt (table or sea salt). With the help of a syringe or eye-dropper place several drops of alcohol onto the salt. Wet without soaking, do not “bathe” in the alcohol. Place your pipe straight up (make a holding bowl from aluminum foil for instance and press the pipe into it) in order not to spill the salt, and leave it to sit for 24 hours.
At the end of this period the salt will have a brownish hue.
Remove the salt and pipe-cleaner. Re-clean everything using a soft dry cloth and pipe-cleaner until there is no further trace of the operation. Leave your pipe to rest during 24 or 48 hours. Once this rest-time passes you’ll be all set to procure your pleasure anew.