TexasOutlaw wrote:Anyone out there smoke a pipe? If so, do you prefer briar or meerchaum? And, what's your favorite pipe?
BTW, I'm talking about tobacco pipes.
TexasOutlaw wrote:I'm a cavendish man myself. Even though I have a few of the "sherlock holmes" style tobaccos. I do NOT like latakia, tastes like an herb to me.
I prefer briar though honestly i haven't given meerchaum a chance yet. The only thing close I have right now is a Calabash from BC that has a meerchaum bowl. However, I am getting some kind of nasty aftertaste, not sure if its the meerchaum; I suspect it may be remnants of the gourd as it tastes like an acrid fruit flavored.
Fritz, whats your favorite tobbaco blend or manufactuer? Do you just do bulk?
krusen wrote:Yeah, I kind of assumed that inhaling wasn't a good idea....I've had a few stogies in my day.
Will tobacco stay fresh in a tin for a while?
What blend would you recommend to a beginner?
A 30$ pipe sounds cheap enough. I'm not worried about liking it, but may have to travel a little to find an actual tobacco shop.
TexasOutlaw wrote:I hate to disagree with Fritz because he clearly had much wisdom. I do own a corn cob pipe, but it is a novelty.
For price range Fritz is talking about, you may be able to get a machine made Bjarnes, which is a good cheap pipe. I still own 3 for the simple reason that I'm not taking my hand carveds out into the lake fishing. I would say give yourself a budget closer to 100 bucks. What I'm worried about is that if you get a pipe that doesn't smoke quite right, you may get turned off too quick. Peterson makes some nice pipes for 60-100 bucks. I have one of their killarny series for about 60 or so that is great.
I also disagree about the straights. It is up to most people. A straight pipe smokes dryer than a full bent but hotter. I would rather deal with gurgling (or stopping for 3 min to put a pipe cleaner in there) than a hot pipe. Also, I learned really young that a full bent was more comfortable than a straight pipe for me. It's gonna be up to you and what feels better to you. I like full 3/4 bents. If you think a wet pipe (which will gurgle at times) will but you, you may want to go with a straight or maybe a 1/4 bent.
As for tobacco, I must once again disagree (I'm so disagreeable...). I like cavendish blends. Fritz and I clearly have different tastes. one thing that can help you. Most tobacco shops let you sample their house blends. So you can get an idea for what you like. Try burleys, virginias, and even a cavendish blend.
I think I'm rambling, so I'll quit. And maybe post again in a bit. I think I'm more excited about it than you are. I like helping out new pipe smokers.
OH one more thing, if you like cigars, you probably will enjoy a pipe.
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