So last night I had my 1st Flake. We had our monthly meeting for the Seattle Pipe Club and phillip (member here) brought over for me to try. He patiently showed me how to rub it out and another folding method. So all of you were 100% right - it was no big deal. That said, I have to say I didnt love the tobacco taste. It was a mild HH Virginia. So far, I am just not enjoying the Virginias. I bought a tin of English to try that out. At least I no longer have a fear of the Flake though. Does anyone have a good Flake Aro I should try out? Cheers Phillip and thanks for the help.