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Mendo Pipe

American brass pipe from the designer of the original Proto Pipe

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The Mendo Pipe was brought to you by designer, Phil Jergenson. If that name sounds familiar it might be because he's also infamous for designing the Original Proto Pipe.

Each Mendo Pipe is hand made, off grid, using solar power in the backwoods of Mendocino County, California. With all American brass and brass components, the Mendo Pipe brings a sweeping new circular design and a trap-free, easy clean base.

Without a trap to get stuck and the easy open bottom, cleaning is now a breeze. What this means to long time Classic Proto Pipe owners is no more bent pokers or ruined pipes if losing the tar trap cover. This alone is a huge improvement that you'll love!

This is the 2nd edition of the new Mendo Pipe with a brushed/matte finish to reduce the appearance of scratches. An additional retaining screw has also been added on the base that helps prevent the tar trap from opening in your pocket and also helps it sit more evenly on the table top.

New features like the Bowl Top Clip allow for clean, fun sharing of hand rolled joints. Just put a hand rolled in the circular slot and keep it dry as you pass it around.

Mendo Pipe Features
- Solid Brass Bowl
- Storage Pod
- Stir and Cleaning Poker
- Lock collar
- Bowl Top Clip
- Deep burn zone
- Mouthpiece
- Pipe Stem
- Tar Chamber
- Permanent Screen
- Tarburator Flip (easy clean!)
- Made in the USA!

About the Mendo Pipe
Phil Jergenson , who designed and produced the world famous Proto Pipe throughout the 60's,70's and 80's, later sold the company to his partner. While he was no longer cranking out pipes he never stopped improving upon his original proto pipe design. The patented Mendo Pipe not only eliminates many of the issues associated with the original proto design but adds new features, sources quality American materials and produces sustainably. The good news since then though? Phil managed to get his Proto Pipe factory back in Willits and is now slowly but surely making the ProtoPipe Classic for us again :-)

Our Take: We've been carrying the ProtoPipe since the 90's and literally have sold millions of dollars worth. While supply has been limited due to the labor intensive process it takes to make one of these pipes it's nice to know the famous American pipe from the original Proto designer is now back and having a moment.

Made in the USA (California)

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Review by David
  • 5.0
The Best
The Proto Pipe was my favorite until I used a Mendo Pipe.
Easier to clean and maintain and is an outstanding combustion chamber.
Review by Robert
  • 5.0
What is the best place I’ve ever all very easy to clean and it’s great all the time can’t go wrong with it
Review by Keith
  • 5.0
Love my new Mendo! The improvements are awesome, only thing I miss is the deeper bowl on my 22 year old PROTO!
Review by Robert
  • 5.0
Great product
As a long time Proto Pipe user, I was looking forward to trying the Mendo Pipe. After using the pipe, I had one concern as the poker did not quite fit all of the way into the stem. Fortunately, the poker in the accessory kit did fit perfectly. The Mendo Pipe is a great pipe and lives up to the traditions of the former Proto Pipe.
Review by Joop
  • 5.0
It is better than the Proto pipe
A definite improvement. It is now also really easy to clean

Review by Daniel
  • 3.0
It cool, but..
I like this pipe. It's packed full of features that are very useful to the smoker on the move. I had the predecessor of this pipe, the ProtoPipe. Unfortunately it was lost or stolen years ago. When I saw this Mendo I really wanted one. There was some nostalgia in my reasoning as well as knowing I would be getting a really useful tool.

The lid serves as a handle. It can be partially opened to hold a hand rolled cigarette in the lid as an alternative way to smoke them. It has a chamber to hold some extra bowls, and a poker to stir with. It has a built in screen that will never need replacing. The poker can be used to clear the holes in the screen, and unclog the mouthpiece tube. The end of the chamber is the perfect size to be used as a tamp for the bowl. The bottom tar trap on the Mendo is a world of improvement over the plug that the proto pipe used. No more getting stuck.

I had to shorten the tube that holds the poker as the chamber would have to be 'jiggled' when turned to lock in place. I removed about 1/16 of an inch with a cut off wheel on a dremel. Then sanded the rough edge down and removed the burrs. The edge is now cleaner than when new and allows the chamber to freely twist into place. Also, I don't remember having to have the poker in place when hitting the proto pipe, but the mendo won't hit otherwise. Not a deal breaker. This doesn't feel as tightly put together as the Protopipe was. the chamber is still slightly loose when screwed in. The tube that holds the poker isn't quite as stiff as the protopipe's was. This pipe is also kinda expensive. I don't know if I would have bought this were it not for the nostalgia.

That being said, I like the pipe a lot. I expect it to last forever, just like my proto. I'm only giving it three stars because I had to clean up that one tube.
Review by Sean
  • 5.0
Favorite pipe
For a daily carry go-everywhere pipe, you can’t beat this design. The little stash tube holds a deceivingly large amount of weed, especially if you pack it tight. I can get four or five good bowls out of a packed tube, more than enough for the workday and I consider myself a fairly heavy smoker. The poker works well for packing/unpacking the tube, as well as unclogging the holes in the bowl. I’m not a frequent joint smoker but I have used the lid as a roach clip a few times and it works well enough. Quality is top notch; my pipe has survived many falls onto hard surfaces with hardly a dent or scratch to show for it. It does need regular cleaning with regular use, but it is very easy to clean and taking a couple minutes out of each day to give it a quick wipe with some rubbing alcohol is no big inconvenience.
Review by John
  • 5.0
Great pipe
Very nice pipe much easier to clean then the old proto pipe very pleased with it
Review by Geoffrey
  • 5.0
Very Impressive!
Great pipe, great design. Big improvement
from the earlier classic. Especially the extra metal around the bowl. Does not get too hot! Also, the access to the bottom for easier cleaning is so convenient.
Review by Steven
  • 5.0
Great piece!!
I have the original Proto Pipe and love it but the new Mendo Pipe's removal of the tar trap was the best improvement. The tar trap is still stuck in the Proto Pipe.
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