What is the first pipe you ever bought and how did you decide to buy it? Do you still own it? Still love it?
I have only been into pipes since last September. Before that, cigars were my thing. In September I was in Dublin for a conference and, while walking about, I stumbled upon the Peterson flagship store on Nassau street in Dublin. I went in, and came out with the pipe below. Because I liked big cigars (Cubans), I told the salesman that I wanted a big pipe. He pulled this one out and said this was the biggest pipe they sold. So I bought it. Oddly, they call it a Peterson "House Pipe", whatever that means. It is a large billiard with a black blast. For the next few days, i walked around Dublin smoking my new pipe (and drinking a fair amount of Guinness) and I was hooked.
I didn't know this then, but I know now that Peterson has gotten a fair amount of bad press recently over poorly drilled pipes and other defects and issues. However, this pipe has always smoked wonderfully for me, and just seems to get better and better each time I smoke it, so I am always at a bit of a loss when I hear that bad press about Peterson. I probably just got lucky.
Even though I now own many "high end" pipes, I still love this one and think it will always have a place somewhere in my rotation.