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  1. joecobb

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    My name is Bjorn, a relatively new pipe smoker from Norway.

    My first real experience with pipes was about 10 or 11 years ago in college with a friend. I had a pipe from my late grandfather (unknown make, might post a picture to see if anyone can identify it, let me know if interested) and we used to smoke Holger Danske Vanilla & Mango (now called Golden Harmony), and our principal taught us the basics of packing!

    I didn´t smoke much pipe after that, but I smoked cigarettes from 2003 to January 2017, quit cold turkey, needed to change some bad habits. Using snus as well regularly from about 2003, I became somewhat of a aficionado on that subject, and it´s a great nicotine delivery system with a lot of nicotine with basically none of the dangers of cigarettes, and it´s completely different from the american "dip". TSNA levels are lower than bacon. Lot´s of flavors to choose from too, from pure tobacco to no tobacco - straight mints. Highly recommend it if your´re trying to ditch cigs. I started a Youtube channel in 2017, posting reviews of smokeless tobacco, which has turned out to be relatively successful.

    Well, I haven´t really missed the cigarette, but I did really miss the pipe. I had a short obsession with cigars back in 2013 and had a humidor with some nice cigars and cigarillos, but they take so long to smoke and I didn´t really like the humidor care. I sold my nice cedar humidor and started to keep them in a plastic box (for ice cream)… = instant 72% with Bovedas and no care needed… Cheap and I like it, bottom is covered in cedar strips, so I like this a lot better. Still have 20+ of decent sticks in it.

    A couple of months ago I ordered a budget briar of the czech brand BPK. It seems to smoke quite alright, got a tin of Sørensen Mixture with it, a vanilla aromatic, and it´s much better than the Holger Danske we used to smoke.
    Shortly after I bought two Missouri Meerschaums and I really love them both, they smoke perfectly. Mizzou and Pride, great pipes.

    Bought a pouch of Borkum Riff at my local kiosk a couple of weeks ago, and I must say I like it a lot better than I thought I would, that´s what reading reviews does to you… Don´t read until you try it! Far from perfect, but further away from terrible.
    Same with Samuel Gawith Black Forest. Seems to have gotten somewhat of a bad rep, but I absolutely loved it as a very mild viginia smoke.
    Got a couple of tins of Nightcap as well, and it really was nothing as expected, found it to be a mild after dinner smoke, did not feel the nicotine, but I suppose the snus is to "blame". More latakia to come. Not that it matters, smoking is for a different purpose, if I want nicotine I use snus.

    Now I´m waiting for my MM Dagner Poker, and tomorrow I´m visiting a couple of tobacco stores, hoping to return with some more blends to try out.

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    Welcome! I will read your post later and see if there's anything I can add. In the meantime, post away!

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    Welcome from Sweden!

    I've learned that Norway is possibly even worse than my country regarding tobacco and tobacco prices.
    You will find plenty of info here though!

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    Welcome from Indiana USA! Enjoy!!

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    Welcome!

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    Welcome. My maternal great-grandparents immigrated to the US in the 1880's from Norway.

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    Welcome!........ I always wanted to visit Norway..........

    "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream..."
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    I liked Borkum Riff as well, cherry cavendish upon first try. It is the damned group think phenomenon. If someone likes it, everyone just jumps on the bandwagon and rides it all the way. I tried Snus and it was a bit nasty to be honest, the liquid is nicotine juice delivery is a bit of a turn off.

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    Welcome from Texas!

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    Welcome. And also cheers to both Norway and Sweden in this post. Many thanks to you guys for introducing me to the “good stuff”, aka, snus.

    Neal
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    First - I apologize for the bad grammar in the first post. I used to be quite fluent, but haven´t written english in a long time... and I´ve had a few damn nice beers while sipping SG Black Forest tonight. Sorry, not sorry
    I would edit if I could, but time´s gone out.

    Borkum smoked well straight out of the pouch, nice and dry! I see people complaining about it being too dry, but to me it´s perfect… I´ve tasted better, sure, but I must say it´s up there so far. I even chose it for my new years smoke. Why complaint that it´s dry when you buy it? That´s when you get the best and longest lasting smoke in my opinion.

    I think the swedes has to get the cred for the snus. They have saved an enormous amount of lives the last 50 years! What snus do you prefer. Npod?
    The "snus-juice" isn´t for everyone, Foursided, but I guess that´s why there is now non-drip versions from several companies. White portions that doesn´t drip or discolor teeth. What snus did you try?
    I don´t know how open this forum is to talk about other tobacco products, but seeing that we are seeking pleasure here, not a fix, (well, I guess it´s sort of a fix to light the pipe), I´d be more than happy to answer your snus questions!

    So if anyone wants any advice on snus, just send me a PM or ask in this thread, I´d be happy to help! I´m not highly educated, but if there´s one thing I know it´s swedish snus. I won´t post my Youtube channel here (shameless self promotion) unless requested, but it´s all in Norwegian anyways. What do you say Irishearl, did they pass it on to you?

    Gotta say this forum is one of a kind. I did visit a cigar forum years ago and it was very much about status and.. well, who´s got the most expensive lighter and cutter...

    Got my high polish Zippo this week, damn thing is like a fidget spinner, can´t put it down! So I have already ordered a belt pouch and a dedicated pipe Zippo, arriving on Tuesday, can´t wait. From the cheapest sites I could find.

    Guys. I feel at home here, thank you.

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    We don’t discuss snus here. It is a sure way to get a post shut down. PM is great way to talk offline though. But for the record I prefer Epok white strong and also Skruf stark.

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    Welcome, Bjorn, from Texas!

    Arrrrr, shiver me timbers! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September the 19th!!!
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    Welcome from Illinois.

    Got my high polish Zippo this week, damn thing is like a fidget spinner, can´t put it down!

    I'm the same. Put a Zippo in my hand and I can't stop.

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    Welcome to the forums! The whole website is an excellent resource for all things pipe-related.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    Welcome from another Swedish neighbor!

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    Yeah pipe tobacco is very much like a dessert after a meal. Except more relaxing.

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    Welcome from Slovenia!
    Are you able to order anything from EU or are Norwegian customs to strict?

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    Welcome from The Faroe Islands. This is a good forum. Lots of information and some fun, so keep at it.

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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    Welcome from Canada!

    It is nice to see some international members joining, especially those with more restrictive tobacco laws than here!

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    Velkommen!

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    Velkommen from a fellow Norwegian (who emigrated to the USA).

    Do they still sell Norwegian specific pipe tobacco back in the old country (Tiedemann?) or is it limited to the usual STC/Mac Baren blends?

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    Thanks all! Nice to see some other scandies here too!

    sajgre - I can order whatever I want as long as there is no tobacco. Pipes, tools, lighters are alright, but citizens cannot import tobacco, only companies.

    greatdane - Well, Tiedemann is still available (afaik), but only as RYO and cigarettes, I think the only Norwegian pipe tobacco is Sørensen Mixture and Sørensen Irish Whiskey. Not sure who actually makes them.
    The selection isn´t great here, but I think we´re able to get hold of the most popular ones.

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    Welcome aboard. I like the Borkum Riff Bourbon pretty well. So many good blends, the golden age.

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    Welcome from further east, Finland

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    Welcome from Louisiana. I did one of those DNA tests because one of my sisters and one son is into that genealogy stuff. According to that I'm like 30 percent Irish/Wales/Scottish and over 20 percent Scandinavian.

    I am glad we have a good admin and responsible moderators.

    Heave to you dark colored ship under sail! Prepare to be boarded!
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  27. leafsmoker

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    Nice to see another fellow that likes Snus, as I do.

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