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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:45 am 
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Hi --

I just put my first youTube video online!

I went ahead and took a movie of the way I hand shred my bricks. Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8KFVkz3Etk

Bob

ps. no smarmy comments about my metal stapler please!...lol....bk


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:14 am 
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Good vid Bob. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:14 am 
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bob_kemp wrote:
Hi --

I just put my first youTube video online! I went ahead and took a movie of the way I hand shred my bricks...


It may take you a few more seconds to shred but the end product looked pretty darn good.


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:04 pm 
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I suggested this in another thread but this seems like a better spot.
I'm going to try my kitchenAid spaghetti cutter or a rotary herb cutter like this:
http://www.thefind.com/kitchen/info-herb-cutter

Amazon had some cheeper ones.

Has anyone tried one of these ideas?

BTW, what is the preferred width for cigarettes?

edit- if the target width is 1mm then the angel hair cutter would be the way to go!


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:01 pm 
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I think the standard width is 1mm or so.


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:58 pm 
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Here's the spaghetti cutter with a pencil for size reference:
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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:01 pm 
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Next question:
If the target width is 1mm
What is the target length?


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:16 pm 
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as long as you can get them. At 1mm in width, they'll be breaking shorter.


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:17 pm 
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xSmoker wrote:
I suggested this in another thread but this seems like a better spot.
I'm going to try my kitchenAid spaghetti cutter or a rotary herb cutter like this:
http://www.thefind.com/kitchen/info-herb-cutter

Amazon had some cheeper ones.

Has anyone tried one of these ideas?

BTW, what is the preferred width for cigarettes?

edit- if the target width is 1mm then the angel hair cutter would be the way to go!


I use something different but rolling the herb shredder/spaghetti cutter in different directions/angles could chop very well.


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:21 pm 
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xSmoker wrote:
Here's the spaghetti cutter with a pencil for size reference:
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This looks very promising. Who makes it?


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:41 am 
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I don't know about the one pictured, but Weston puts out an angel hair pasta attachment for their cheap hand cranked model ( http://www.instawares.com/noodle-attachment-round-angel.pgt-10202.0.7.htm). Price for both attachment and machine is still very reasonable ($39.49, +shipping).
I think I'd be concerned about the grooves mucking up with resin fairly quickly. I'm using a meat slicer, when I can get the moisture level in my gross cigars right, and the face of the blade coats up pretty quickly. I often end up just slicing the cigar by hand, with a good sharp high carbon steel knife.


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:56 am 
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grunt wrote:
I don't know about the one pictured, but Weston puts out an angel hair pasta attachment for their cheap hand cranked model ( http://www.instawares.com/noodle-attachment-round-angel.pgt-10202.0.7.htm). Price for both attachment and machine is still very reasonable ($39.49, +shipping).


Even cheaper - $30.93 + shipping:
The machine - http://www.somethingtadu.com/servlet/th ... ton/Detail
Angel hair cutter - http://www.somethingtadu.com/servlet/th ... sta/Detail


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:13 am 
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grunt wrote:
I think I'd be concerned about the grooves mucking up with resin fairly quickly.


I hadn't considered this. I have a hand cranked one that I don't use too much to experiment with (I got lazy and got the kitchenAid attachment so I no longer have to crank out pasta by hand).

You're not supposed to get it wet. Any gunk will come off if you put a paper towel thru it but I don't know about resin.

That $6 herb slicer may be the way to go.


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:55 am 
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I'll just use a meat slicer, I modified the carriage to be close to the blade so leaves don't bend back and use a piece of wood to hold it so I don't cut the tips of my fingers off. Roll some leaves up and have at it.


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 Post subject: Re: Shredding Tobacco By Hand
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grunt wrote:
...I think I'd be concerned about the grooves mucking up with resin fairly quickly...


This is a hand crank devise resin should not be much a problem since you probably will be processing maybe two to three cured, de-stemmed leaves at a time for up to a cartons worth of tobacco. More than that may allow the tobacco to get too dry and break too small to roll (with the shredder I use). The excess resin might even aid the leaves being guided into the shredder.


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