Use the correct tobacco pipe tool for the task at hand. There are many to choose from, including reamers, picks, and tampers, to help you pack, smoke, and empty your pipe. Usually, they come as three-in-one tools, but you can find individual tools that perform one of the three functions.
Highly collectible, a pipe tool comes in many designs, with the value determined mostly by its age and origin. Take care of your pipe to extend its useful life.