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Frank!Oq/9NMk1yg 13/11/26(Tue)01:35 No. 2618

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Gentlemen of /class/, I have discovered an online store for all your grooming, smoking and general welfare of living, right here on the interweb:
What's that? Why yes it is a british shop. Well what did you expect.

That+other.guy 13/11/26(Tue)01:50 No. 2619

Now I just wish the british would care about some dental work.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/12/01(Sun)07:40 No. 2622

so is smoking pipe worse for you than cigarettes? I've been thinking about getting into it.

Frank!Oq/9NMk1yg 13/12/04(Wed)17:22 No. 2627

I heard most people prefer the smell, pipe smoking is all about flavour.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/12/08(Sun)10:43 No. 2633

Smoking a pipe is not as deadly as smoking a cigarette. You still run a high risk of throat cancer, as well as other mouth and throat related diseases. You also run a higher risk of black hairy tongue if you smoke a pipe, because the smoke remains in your mouth for a longer time and dries it out. The unsightliness of the black hairy tongue is quite ungentlemanly, I assure you.

Your first pipe should be made from briar. Don't get yourself a corncob, they're probably the worst pipes available. Don't get meerschaum, it takes an experienced smoker to season it without cracking the bowl. Don't get clay, they break too easily. Don't get metal, they condensate and the condensation collects tar, which combines to form a big drop of crap that gets sucked straight into your mouth, despite any filter you may have. Don't get composite, it's rare that a composite pipe will be of high quality. Don't get a water filtered pipe (no, I don't mean the glass ones, I mean a legitimate water filtered smoking pipe), they tend to spill easily and stink to high heaven, not to mention that one wrong drag can give you a mouthful of nasty water. Briar. Briar, briar, briar. Cherrywood is fine too, but it's a less common pipe material.

Pipes tend to be a "you get what you pay for" type of product. If you want a rugged, durable, high quality, no hassle pipe, you're going to have to shell out more than $60 for one. Do you want an affordable pipe, say, less than $30? Well, prepare to deal with cracks, weak stem plastic, constant clogging, uneven heat distribution, inadequate air flow, and so on. Anything in between that price range, I have found to be hit or miss.

You want a good air flow, something you can breathe through without discomfort, but the hole shouldn't be so large that tobacco could get sucked in. Some people use filters, some don't. I prefer my pipes unfiltered because the increased air flow makes it so that the tobacco stays lit longer, and I don't have to keep dragging or lighting it as often.

Don't worry about how to pack it, every pipe smoker messes it up when they start out. When I smoke with my friends I have to pack it for them every time, and then I have to light it for them because they don't know how to do it themselves. You'll get it eventually if you smoke often enough. The basic idea is to pinch a wad of tobacco on top of the bowl with your thumb, then massage it in. Make sure you have a good air flow by taking an unlit drag, but also make sure the tobacco isn't loose. Light it with a match or a zippo until the ember is even. Yeah, you can use a zippo, only anal purists will freak if you use anything but a match. It won't taste as good for like, the first couple of drags. After that the taste is pretty much the same as a match lit bowl. Never use a Bic, though. Trust me, that's the kind of lighter which can ruin the taste.

As for tobacco, don't go for the stuff in bags which they advertise as pipe tobacco. It's a ploy by the tobacco companies to avoid a certain tax. When I began smoking a pipe, I was naive and bought a bag of Gambler. Biggest mistake I ever made, smoking-wise. If you're going to go for consumer grade tobacco, the only two I've found to be palatable are Captain Black and Borkum Riff.

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