- Feb 21, 2013
A few years ago, fish'n'banjo put me onto small pipes. Before that, as I've said often, small pipes looked like toys or souvenirs to me. With a little encouragement, I have bought several small pipes including a Peterson Rustique Belgique, an Old Dominion Chesapeake, and an Ewa Churchwarden. I have some slightly larger ones, but I won't do the whole list. What I discovered was that small pipes, in the Dunhill Group 1 and 2 category, have many uses. They provide a fine short smoke, when time is limited or when you want a variety of blends in a certain time. They are great for sampling at pipe shows or pipe shops. In many cases, you can get an average length smoke from flake, coin, plug or rope tobacco. And they are a cagey way to sample really strong tobacco without getting put on your ear by nicotine. Most of my pipes are within the average size range, and I also value several really big pipes, XL or KS, also known as Group 5 or 6. But small pipes aren't to be dismissed. I really enjoy mine as a belated addition to the stable. What are your three smallest pipes?