- Feb 21, 2013
Pick out your cobs carefully for shape, size of bowl, and angle of the shank for bent or straight because many of them last a long, long time, and by the time they do, you want them to last a long, long time again. They aren't throw-aways, especially when you get them just right. Then you like that cob best and look forward to it. Missouri Meerschaum and Old Dominion (with the historically correct reed stems) are the only kinds to buy. If you're doing any kind of historical re-enacting or just want to have the historical touch right, an Old Dominion is ideal. If you are looking for a big bowl cob, the MM General and freehands are perfect. A rare pipe smoker really doesn't like cobs, but those are few. As for looking too down home, I say, a tuxedo and a cob -- perfect!