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At what age did you pick up a pipe?

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  1. dustylungs

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    Im of the opinion that taking up pipe smoking is a good indication of someone who is pretty comfortable with who they are and what they are about, and doesn't care much about the opinions of others. I started pipe smoking at 28 which is the age i truly felt 'myself' so to speak. How about you guys?

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    Twenty Nine.. That was a long time ago.

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    21, right out of the Army and in college.

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    22

    I will give up my pipe when they pry my cold dead fingers off of it!
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    I was around 22/23

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    Last year the day I turned 18. I'll be 19 in a month.

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    34...late Bloomer I guess

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    I was 33 when I switched from cigs ( which I started at 14 ) to the pipe

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    First tried it when I was about 22 then stopped but just picked it back up at 46. Never smoked anything else either.

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    I bought my first pipe, a Dr. Grabow and some Borkum Riff when I was 16.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    On my 18th birthday last year

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    If you count the handmade cob pipe I made from a cob I kept from the supper table, I was 13. I smoked it a few times with some Captain Black, I took a break until I was 19 when I bought a basket briar and 2 ounces of a house bulk blend that turned out to be 1Q sold under the name of HoneyBee. In this case I was 19.

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    "The pipe draws wisdom from the lips of the philosopher, and shuts up the mouth of the foolish; it generates a style of conversation, contemplative, thoughtful, benevolent, and unaffected..."
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    46 when it took I had tried many diffret times in my 20's and 30's

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    I guess I must have been 21 if it was two years ago, which I think it was.

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    18. My friends and I got cigars (super cheap crap....later moved to Acids, which I now say are good if you like smoking candy canes!) for our 18th B-Days. The next year when we went off to college, my friend Adam met Eric at the University of Chicago, and Eric was the one who said "If you're into smoking cigars, why not try a pipe?" Well we were all into LOTR, Sherlock, and had pipe smoking Grandfathers at one point, and we all thought "D'Oh! Why didn't I come up with that idea myself?" 6 years strong on the pipe since!

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    I was 18, we smoked cigars ever friday outside the dorms,we switched to corncobs and otc blends because it was cheaper

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    I was 48, always thought pipe smoking was for older men. Looking back, I wish I had started a lot younger.

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    I was in the Navy, was about 19 or 20, it hasn't been steady until last year.

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    I was 19 in 1978 and in college.

    "America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards." - Claire Wolfe
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    I started when I was thirty-three--almost two years ago. Too late, in my opinion. I wish I had started much sooner.

    "It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black." - Nigel Tufnel, Spinal Tap
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    28-29 for me, stopped smoking cigars two years ago and soley on pipes now. Cheaper and something about the preparation ritual is relaxing.

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    Just a few months ago for me. I'm 38.

    Know your limits but always push the envelope.

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    44 for me. Already a greybeard.

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    It was 22 years ago, when I was 16. Never walked away from it, but didn't take it seriously until quite a bit later in life.

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    I too first smoked a manufactured pipe at 18. I was making pipes on the sly in my parent's garage before then.

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    I started when I was 13 pipes and cigarettes. Not strange in Spain at that time. Pipes were OK for my father, cigarettes got me spanked until I was 16...

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    I started one year ago on my 18th birthday....

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    10 But I didn't start smoking until I was 17.

    A man without a pipe is a man unprepared
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    37 for me.

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    I can't count. It was 36.

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    About a year ago, last Spring when I was 18.

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    I was 29, but since it was only a few months before I turned 30 and really started getting my stride......I'm going to say 30.

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    21 in college

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    My father purchased me my first pipe at age 14 (1986). I didn't start smoking regularly (a few times a week) until I was 17. This would be completely un-PC nowadays, not that it wasn't back then too

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    I am 19 and started a few months ago, might as well enjoy it now because it probably wont exist in a few decades.

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    Age 12... a corn cob and Middleton's Cherry Blend. My dad said "don't let your mother catch you smoking. But, a pipe is better than cigarettes. Just better tie your pants legs shut!"
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    38, but I'm an underachiever. I envy the guys whose Fathers and Grandfathers introduced them to the pipe. It must have been a great bonding experience!

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    I was 33 when I started. That was last April though, so I'm only a year into the hobby.

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    I am 19 and started a few months ago, might as well enjoy it now because it probably wont exist in a few decades.

    Why?

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    I was 18, and a freshman in college. I started because that's what a college man did in those long ago days - or so I thought. Drifted away to cigars for a few years, but came back about 10 years ago.

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    I was 17 in 1984 when I flirted with it for about two weeks, and 42 when I fell in love with it for good a couple years ago.

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    The first pipe that I smoked was when I was 17. Did not really enjoy it but then again I really didn't have too much knowledge about it and I didn't know there were so many tobacco choices.
    Now I am 18 and I have found that I like it very much (thanks to the help I have received on this forum)!

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    17, last year of prep school. Even then, in 1986, cigars were too expensive. Never stopped, didn't even consider it.

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    i was ten years old--made my own cobs along with several of my friends--bought my first
    briar at age 14--

    in 1954, when i was ten, this country was a 'different' world

    cobs, old briars, and burley
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    My father smoked a pipe and he used to let me have the occasional puff when I was 12-13..at school Father Canon Newt use to smoke Three Nun's !! I was hooked I purchased my first pipe around 15-16 (40 years ago) my favourite tobacco then was whisky flake - St julian's - and I used to steal my father's Balkan Sob..

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    started at 32

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    14 or 15. Started with one of my dad's neglected briars, then moved up to a Medico, which I smoked and deeply enjoyed on the sly until I was about 17. I then discovered tobacconists and their proprietary blends, as well as decent-quality but inexpensive briars, which I smoked in relative secrecy until the summer before college. With the relative freedom that most freshmen enjoy, I became a pretty frequent pipe smoker and converted a few of my college pals.

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    I was about 6 and my Grandpa said,"Hey, Ken! Hand me my pipe!" So I picked it up and handed it to him.

    I started smoking a pipe at 53.

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    16 mostly because my cheap job couldn't keep up with my cigar hobby. Plus pipes look pretty damn badass XD

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    I was about 20 on a ship in Australia saw this good looking pipe in the window of a shop in Adelaide,that was in 1954 and smoked a pipe(with the odd ciggy until I stopped them in 1965)until then on and still puffin.
    Looks like I have been puffing away for 58yrs. How time flies when your enjoying yourself

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    22 years of age. The year was 1970. Proud pipe smoker for 42 years! Craig

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    15. I bought it at the local hardware. Some argosy black to go with it.

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    I was 17... but I had considered it at a much younger age...

    As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.
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    43 (about a year ago).

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    41; I'm pretty certain.

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    50!
    It takes maturity to appreciate and savor a good pipe and tobacco, but don't worry you'll get there kids.

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    18 like 6 months ago lol
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    If you're talking tobacco, 14.

    Before that friends and I used to make pipes out of wood and stuff them with sage or sweetgrass because we heard that's what the Indians would smoke. One of us would try to inhale but would end up coughing our lungs up.

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    Around age 20, 1978 in college

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    I was probably 21 or 22 in college, but soon stopped. I didn't start back until 36. Though at age 8/9 I was already trying to make corncob pipes with cobs from the garden - just didn't have tobacco. I probably would have tried to smoke my Dad's chewing tobacco if I would have gotten the chance. Ha.

    "Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint." -Mark Twain-
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    "Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim;...but I discipline my body and make it my slave." -1Cor 9-
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    16

    "The pipe draws wisdom from the lips of the philosopher, and shuts up the mouth of the foolish; it generates a style of conversation, contemplative, thoughtful, benevolent, and unaffected..."

    -William Makepeace Thackeray, from The Social Pipe
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    40. Bought a nice Meerschaum from Bennington's in Boca Raton to decorate my office, and wound up smoking it. Almost 10 years now. Lived 7 years in Chicago and didn't visit Iwan Ries until after I left. I've never smoked a cigarette or cigar; just a pipe.

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    17

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    I started just last week, so 24

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    I spent some time thinking about this (with my Sunday Pete) and I think that I have always been a little obsessed with pipes. I remember stealing Mr. Potato Head's pipe (he used to come with a pipe!) and "puffing" on that. Then in High School I found a pipe in the wardrobe department of my drama class, no one seemed to care that I appropriated it full time and carried it around in class. I smoked that pipe for a couple of months (not in class) and then I lost it . After that I smoked cigarettes for about 12 years or so and the pipe never really came up, but I was cruising eBay a few years ago and found a Mont Blanc Meerlined pipe that I fell in love with. I think I paid all of $30 for the pipe and carried and smoked it for about 6 months, then my wife accidentally broke it. I quit smoking pipe again for a while, my wife replaced that pipe with a Paronelli and I still have that pipe, but I never smoked it with any regularity.

    My current run with pipe smoking started last month. I started looking for another Mont Blanc and found out that not only are they nearly impossible to find, but nobody's really heard of them! I was cruising over at the Tamp and Puff forum and there's a very nice gentleman who is quite an authority on Falcon pipes and these seemed great because of the interchangeable bowl, and various other benefits. I ordered one and thought that I'd just wait for it to show up, but then I saw a couple Petersons and now in the space of about a month I've gone from one pipe and a little bit of tobacco to this:

    So, to answer the question, 35 this go round. Sorry for the long winded reply LOL.

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    24, 2 years ago

    "The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
    Mark Twain
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    a month into pipe smoking, 36

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    I started about 50. I don't remember anyone in college smoking pipes...for tobacco anyway. I was with my wife in a drug store. She said she liked the smell of cherry pipe tobacco. So we got a Dr. Grabow and some cherry pipe tobacco. I fiddled around with it some. Shortly after that I went to Belgium and came back with a bunch of Belgian and French coins that our local bank would have to send to NYC to exchange. I live two hours from NYC. So I hopped a bus, exchanged the currency, and somehow found Dela Concha where I bought a Nording and Dunhill tobacco and became a serious pipe smoker.

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    Early 40s.

    Started with cigars in my early 30s. Never smoked cigarettes.

    Doody.

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    19 for me.

    I have been enjoying tobacco for a long time, way earlier in life than I should have. One of the gents that I shared cigars with surprised me with a pipe setup and a few tins of tobacco. I got started off right with a nice Peterson that I still enjoy smoking regularly.

    Mike
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