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post #16 of 146
UPDATE:
Tonight's low-key smoke was Solani Aged Burley Flake in an estate freehand sitter I restored earlier this week. I'm not usually one for all Burley, but this was a good pipe.
post #17 of 146
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the great links. Need some pics of your pipes and Edina's.
post #18 of 146
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Found a cigar shop that has a little bit of a pipe component. I needed a smoker's tool so stopped in. Got this too and it's making really wish I had a pipe at this moment:

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post #19 of 146
nice thread. caused me to fish out my pipe.
post #20 of 146
I started this thread here.
I also think this is a very good thread.
post #21 of 146
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

I started this thread here.
I also think this is a very good thread.

Also, relatively new SF member Nick Miller runs a great website called Quality Briar. That is where I bought the Rad Davis pipe I showed on the LL thread. His pipes are pretty high-end but he has plenty in the sub-$500 range and he is great to talk with - just give him a call.
post #22 of 146
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Thanks for that link, dopey. Off to check it out.
post #23 of 146
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Thanks for that link, dopey. Off to check it out.

It has some really nice pipes and if you poke around a bit, you can start to see the range of makers and styles that are out there and get a sense of what appeals to you. Navigation is tough - for one thing, there is no really easy way to see the pipes he has in stock - he keeps sold pipes on the site as well (though that is nice for browsing). You can really just call him and he will be glad to talk with you (you will notice that you can't even order off the site - he likes to talk).

Also - have a look here. It is one collector's view of many different pipe brands--factory and artisan--and possibly dated by a few years, but very interesting if you want to geta sense of how some people look at pipes (and we haven't even gotten to tobacco).
Edited by dopey - 12/19/11 at 5:02am
post #24 of 146
I was kinda drunk when I took this picture last night.

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post #25 of 146
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First smoke in 16+ years. Just a half bowl as the pipe is brand new. Used the Peterson holiday blend but received an Irish whiskey blend with the pipe and pouch. Nice, relaxing half hour just chillin' outside. No problem keeping it lit. Mrs. Piob loved the aroma. Here's the new pipe:

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post #26 of 146
Damn I want to get into pipe smoking now
post #27 of 146
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Had a nice smoke with the Peterson Irish Whiskey blend. From the scent I had been expecting it to be hot for some reason. Very surprised when I lit up. Burned cooler than the Holiday Blend. Nice rich scent, easy to keep lit.
post #28 of 146
Pio, if you are planning smoking regularly or even semi-regularly you should get at least one more pipe so that you can rest them a little more.
post #29 of 146
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

What are you looking for advice-wise?

My first piece is get a $30-40 pipe. The quality of construction will be decent. Anything past $100 or so doesn't really have any better engineering (with a few exceptions) just better design, wood etc so you won't be getting a better smoke, just a prettier one. Design doesn't have an impact on the smoke, just get what you like.

I'd say stay away from aromatics as they aren't particularly good smokes (to me at least) and you'll likely move away from them if you take this hobby seriously. You only get that aroma, not the flavor. Also, you probably won't like strong latakia flavors right away.

Other than that, go to a B&M, smell some blends, pick up what you like.

When you do light up, pack the bowl in stages. Fill it up, tamp it down. Fill it up tamp it down, repeat until just a bit below the top. Should be like sucking a drink through a straw, more or less if you've packed it right. Too tight--dig out the tobacco and start again. Too loose, tamp it down put more tobacco in.
To light, suck in while the flame is above, move in a circle formation until everything is charred. Tamp it down, wait a minute, light it up in earnest.
That's really all there is to it.

I'd agree with this too, with the exceptions in my mind being several Japanese pipe-makers, namely Tokutomi, Tsuge, and Satou. I had the pleasure of smoking some of the pipes Tokutomi-san makes at the CPCC (http://www.chicagopipeshow.com/index.php) and they are amazing. Some, like Tsuge produce large batches of pipes, while guys like Tokutomi and Satou generally have smaller runs (about 40 or 50 pipes a year in the $500 to $2000 range, though I've seen price tags of $15,000 at the show). If I had some frivolous coin to drop, I'd get a pipe made by one of them.

That said, my Peterson 307 does the job for me just fine. I've also got a wonderful meerschaum pipe given to me by a friend in Turkey that has developed a lovely patina over the years from smoking it. It's not a great smoking pipe (most meerschaums aren't, heck even Petersons suffer from some poor engineering), but man I love looking at it. It's a viking head with one of the horns unintentionally chipped (to simulate battle damage, I tell myself after dropping it):

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I love the patina on the tips of the horns and on the end of his nose.

I've also got a couple of other pipes made by various low-end Danish makers, but I do like the p-lip on the Peterson for a cooler smoke.

If anybody wants to make the trip to the convention in Chicago this year, let me know and we'll try for an SF meet-up. Lord knows the convention could do with some improvements in the sartorial department (think old guys with pony tails and young guys looking like they just came from RennFest).
post #30 of 146
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Originally Posted by ama View Post

Pio, if you are planning smoking regularly or even semi-regularly you should get at least one more pipe so that you can rest them a little more.

I just might have another pipe arriving tonight. wink.gif
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