Pipe Tobacco Reviews

Kyle Weiss

Italy might not be widely-known for its tobacco cultivation, but like most European countries, it has locales and regions that a few hundred years ago were found suitable for just that.  Sansepolcro is a Tuscan town roughly two hours north of Rome and in an area favored for climate and soil. Tobacco seems to really like growing there, too. In turn, the people that live there also really like tobacco, as do the Italians who grow it.  In fact, doing some quick research, I had no idea the country produces about 90,000 tons annually. Italians as a whole are passionate and exacting people, so I was looking forward to what they could do with tobacco.

Cornell & Diehl have been taking their “Small Batch” line seriously. I sheepishly admit I thought it was a bandwagoning fad. Pipe smoking isn’t exactly an Everyman activity any longer and I’d hazard a guess nearly all pipe tobacco of any decent reputation is technically small-batch. C&D is really introducing unique blending ideas and offering tobacco we might not otherwise know was out there. I think we often forget there’s a whole planet of exotic tobacco waiting for us.

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Radio Talk Show

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our featured interview tonight is with Phil Bennett. Phil comes to us from across the pond. He is a member of The Pipe Club of London. Phil is our second review this month that is not in the business, but a pipe smoker / collector / enthusiast. He is a software developer. In Pipe Parts, Brian will talk about refillable pipe lighters. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Pipe Collecting

James Foster, CST
Peterson Patented NAP System

Mark Irwin reached out to me around the end of last year and asked if I would be interested in participating in a project.  When he mentioned it was Peterson project- my interest was piqued immediately. In this case, it’s the patent that time forgot which was uncovered by Mark Irwin and Gary Malmberg while doing research for the now released Peterson Book.

I give you the Peterson NAP.  No this isn’t a patent on how to take a nap and still smoke your pipe without it falling out of your mouth. Like the Patented System Pipe, you are familiar with - this is a different take on how airflow is pulled into your mouth, and like the strange shape, it definitely has us scratching our heads.
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The Pipe Pundit

Fred Brown

There are times, it seems to me when old lessons are the very best teachers. Like hard knocks. They just keep on tapping.

For example, listen to a few hoary catchphrases I created, found, or edited just a bit:

“If a thing can whip you, it will;

“Start out like you can old hold out. . . to the end;

“If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it well enough (with apologies to Mr. Einstein);

“Politicians are like the weather: you can complain about it or change channels;

“Never tell a man you don’t like his dog. He might bite you;

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    Rick Newcombe

    Last May I attended the Chicago Pipe Show, and the first person I saw was an Englishman named Reggie Stevens. Reg lives in Birmingham, England and speaks with the accent of someone who has lived in the north of England his whole life. He sounds a little like Ringo Starr.

    "Reg!" I said, "It's so good to see you!" as I gave him a big bear hug.

    "Well, I'll tell you, mate," he said, "I'm feeling a little better now. My wife of 54 years died in January, and this is the first time I can feel the cloud lifting a little – because of all the love and friendship there is at this pipe show."

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