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What I've learned, 6 mos. after returning to the pipe

Got back into pipes at the end of last year after smoking cigars exclusively for the last 15 years.
Since then I've bought a few more pipes and a ridiculous amount of tobacco. :D
All my pipes are bents of one shape or another, I do not like straight pipes.
 
Another point: I've discovered that my smokes turn out a little better with non-ribbon-cut tobaccos. Those burn fine, but it seems the cuts like Granger, Half & Half, and Edgeworth are easier to pack into the pipe to achieve a longer cool smoke.
 

JCinPA

The Lather Maestro
Seems like I'm not the only one back after a long hiatus. I've finally gotten all my pipes out of boxes from the basement and cleaned these up this morning. I have a few more to clean, and a half dozen cobs, so I'm set for pipes for a while, I guess. I did not realize I had so many until I went hunting for them last weekend. A little vodka on pipe cleaners through the bores, a little olive oil on the bowls, a little Obsidian oil on the black stems. Having fun! It may be warm enough tonight I'll go out front and have an English for the first time in a long time.


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Seems like I'm not the only one back after a long hiatus. I've finally gotten all my pipes out of boxes from the basement and cleaned these up this morning. I have a few more to clean, and a half dozen cobs, so I'm set for pipes for a while, I guess. I did not realize I had so many until I went hunting for them last weekend. A little vodka on pipe cleaners through the bores, a little olive oil on the bowls, a little Obsidian oil on the black stems. Having fun! It may be warm enough tonight I'll go out front and have an English for the first time in a long time.


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No.3 from the right looks very interesting!
 

JCinPA

The Lather Maestro
I’m actually out at a cigar lounge. Will have to look. But if I recall the 3 that look kind of similar next to each other were the GBD, a Comoy and I’ll have to look when I get home. I’ve posted about budget pipes, but other than the one I finally tossed, I got all mine about 12-20 years ago for between $40-$70 I think. I’m not cheap, per se, but I don’t get into this enough to spend the big Benjamin’s on the custom stuff or Dunhills. But I have those makes plus Savinelli, Pipe Croce? And one or two others. All of these are good smokers. Glad I got them out of the basement again!

What I’m having right now…

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I’m actually out at a cigar lounge. Will have to look. But if I recall the 3 that look kind of similar next to each other were the GBD, a Comoy and I’ll have to look when I get home. I’ve posted about budget pipes, but other than the one I finally tossed, I got all mine about 12-20 years ago for between $40-$70 I think. I’m not cheap, per se, but I don’t get into this enough to spend the big Benjamin’s on the custom stuff or Dunhills. But I have those makes plus Savinelli, Pipe Croce? And one or two others. All of these are good smokers. Glad I got them out of the basement again!

What I’m having right now…

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Looks tasty, I keep my humidor tidy but have smoked over the summer only small Italian Toscanos.
 
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