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In Praise of The Humble Cob.

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  1. hans

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    This is just a post to say that i have really been enjoying my cobs lately. So much that my briars and meers are mostly sitting to the side. My "nicest" briar pipes are reserved for my english / lat blends but beyond that i am loving everything in a cob these days.
    I've taken to putting a Savinelli balsa filter into my MM cobs. It takes away the gargle and barely affects the taste. That said even my filterless cobs are getting much more use these days as well. They smoke relatively cool, they absorb the clench of my alligator like jaw and i don't have to worry much about them.

    My go to tobaccos in the cob these days have been: Trout Stream, Trout + Larry's Blend, Anniversary Kake, Peterson's Luxury blend, Frog Morton's Cellar, and 1Q.

    Anyone else go into these cycles or waves of cob enjoyment?

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    for work pipes I have 1 meer 2 clays and 20 or so cobs for a rotation. Sometimes I go for weeks without picking up one of my briars.

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    I have two cobs. A pony and a legend, both straight. I really like how small the pony is, it' great for when you want a short smoke. When I first tried a cob I was surprised how good they smoke. I usually suggest them to new smokers as a way to get cheap, good smokers and to start up a rotation. I'd like to get a freehand and I'm eagerly awaiting the evival of the bulldog cob

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    Corncob was my first pipe that I bought, I still have that one and used it sometimes. The plastic stem is a little chewed, i'm ordering another stem and a Legend right away actually.

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    I have yet to find a more enjoyable smoking pipe than a MM Cob

    Kent

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  6. mctrav

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    I love my pony cob and actually can't even draw through the current stem because its been clenched closed. A great smoker and great tasting pipe.

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  7. captainsousie

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    Nothing beats a good cob for a beater/work pipe. I never worry about dinging, burning out or breaking one and that takes some pressure off so I can have a more relaxed smoke.

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  8. weezell

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    Funny you should bring this up. I've been on a cob smokin binge for a week or so.Got probably a dozen in the rotation and have been reaching for one every night...

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    I have an Eaton MM and love 1Q in it! It is great for a quick smoke. I plan on getting another cob soon to ad to the collection. One with a larger bowl next time.

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  10. taerin

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    Well said Sousie, nothing is more relaxing than a smoke from a cob, especially if you run the risk of damaging the pipe.

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    I was just smoking my MM cob with my Forever Stem the other day...luv it!

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    I too have some restricted airways in some of my cobs from the clench.
    I have been looking to acquire a couple forever stems but I think that might alter the perception of my cob relaxation.

    I'm also wanting a freehand and would love to see a bulldog come back.

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  13. joshwolftree

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    I still need to get the macarthur I just don't know if I would ever be able to smoke a full bowl from it or if I have a tamper that long

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    Coincidentally I received an order from MM and have been at work breaking in the woody taste. After using some pipe mud after a dremel I've got them where I want them and can now begin to enjoy them. I like the models with a hardwood plug in the bottom. I have six cobs now and they are great for fishing trips where I'll be walking around the boat. If I drop one it is no huge loss.

    Just another Oregon tuna fisherman.
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    I love my cobs. I have several Great Danes, Patriots and Country Gents for my work rotation. For long smokes at home I usually reach for my Generals or Freehands.

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    I love my cobs more and more with each smoke. They are always a relaxing and cool smoke. I recently received a grab bag order of them from MM and have McArthur, spool, patriot and others in rotation. They make me more reluctant to take a chance and pay a big price on a new briar when I get so much enjoyment from them. There is nothing better than grilling outside and smoking my cob while watching the chickens graze and the birds sing! (No, I don't live on a farm either)

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    Just ordered a couple of mini cobs to enjoy some quick smokes out of as it's cold as hell up here at this time of year!

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    Add me to the list of surprised, and very satisfied, cob smokers. I have a legend and a country gentleman; I have been using the legend as an aro pipe, and the gentleman for English/Balkan blends. I also picked up a forever stem from Walker briar works, but until I get a softy bit to use with it, I am sticking with the stems the pipes came with, as they seem to fit my dentition better. They make great pipes for doing yard work and driving, and just smoke really well.

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    I've taken to putting a Savinelli balsa filter into my MM cobs.

    Hans, if you want to save a quite considerable amount of money, you can get some balsa wood at most hobby shops. With your hobby shop balsa and armed with an Exacto Knife, you can "cut your own" Savinell filters.

    Also, for those unaware, Missouri Meerschaum offers a 10 cob pipe "Smokable Seconds" sampler for $30. These are a great way for newbies to pipe smoking or anyone wanting to expand their pipe rotation/collection in a cheaper than dirt manner: http://corncobpipe.com/index.php/10-pipe-grab-bag-of-smokable-seconds.html

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    I just saw that Smokable Seconds offer. I've got a fishing trip/guys weekend scheduled for this summer and I may buy a bag so the boys all have their own pipe for the weekend!

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    I love my cobs I have 5 and they are my fishing / yardwork / knocking around pipes. I also find myself reaching for them at other times when I'm just in a cob mood. Everything smokes well in them but an old codger blend like P.A. just seems to sing in a cob for me.

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  22. hans

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    thanks for the tip Roth, i have indeed thought about doing that. I just need to go grab some balsa.
    I have been washing them and letting them dry and it seems to prolong the life quite a bit.

    i also second the idea of the 10 pipe grab bag from MM.
    That's how i got most of my cobs. I have a decent variety and a few of those are in my steady rotation now.
    I just want a decent freehand cob and then i should be set for a while.

    I've seen some old "corn cob society" signature images in this forum. Maybe i'll design a new image and resurrect that club since so many people have popped into this thread.
    I've also recently talked to the people at MM about them making a T-shirt and they say they are releasing some soon. That old school logo is sweet!

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    Was thinking about a post, an ode to my cobs when I came across this post.
    I went for the smokeable seconds from MM and got a load of legends a Great Dane Spool and pony express. At first I thought what am I going to do with all of these legends? I smoked one and instantly fell in love with it. The second had a crack along the stem that didn't look like it went through, but I super glued it anyway. These two pipes have been my mainstays for work and outside. They look beaten to hell but smoke so damn well. I am keeping the rest of my legends and will use them as the ones in my rotation wear out. I think I will have them for quite a while because my two originals seem to be indestructible.
    I have smoked the Dane a couple of times and may use it for aros and use the Pony for SG brown twist as I don't think I can smoke a very large bowl of that. The small bowl on the Pony is great for a quick smoke.

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    I put some Walker stems on my two cobs...Good lord they are great!

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    I swapped some of the stems in my grab bag and made my country gentleman pipes into straights and they are my very favorite now. I'm also really digging on the legends as well.
    Can't wait to get my hands on a Freehand soon. My seconds were all in great shape. the only thing wrong with any of them is maybe a slight ding in the clay. Been smoking trout stream in one all day.

    Good idea on using the pony for the twist. I think i'll do something similar with mine. I have some escudo which might be more tolerable in a smaller bowl.

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    This is all your fault... just ordered a grab bag of my own.

    I grew up reading "Lil' Abner", so I've got some bias to get over. Might as well get started.



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    Just got a new Cob General with straight stem.
    I am loving this long cool smoke. Warms my hand perfectly when I hold it too.

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    Funny that this post is up. I have about 20 briars or so and I realized that I had 0 cobs! So a few days ago I went to my local BM and picked up to MM cobs. I have been smoking them at work and I really love them. They smoke amazing and I am mad at myself that I waited this long to buy them. Cobs are a must for any pipe smoker!

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  29. sparroa

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    If you don't like them - fine, free country...

    If you haven't tried them - get out there and get one today! You owe it to yourself...

    They are THE best value out there in the pipe smoking world.

    You don't need a $1000 pipe for that "revelation" or "nirvana" smoke - with the right variables in play it can be achieved with a humble cob for the modest fee of $5-10 depending on where you live...

    They are not for everybody but speaking as someone who learned how to smoke a pipe with a Missouri Meerschaum, they can offer you a lot of pleasure and long years of service for a negligible cost.

    I've begun to see the light with briars, but that doesn't mean cobs will cease to be my workhorses anytime soon. I am too careful with my "better" pipes to subject them to that trauma!

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  30. simnettpratt

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    I love cobs. Rustic, farmer's, blue collar, apple pie, can go anywhere pipe. They smoke well, are cheap as shit, and have a unique character all their own. They don't try to be fancy, artistic or extravagant, they just smoke. Great outdoors pipes. Fishing, hunting, camping, whatever. Cobs are good for the soul.

    If I see a man smoking a cob, there's a good chance we're going to get along.

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  31. sparroa

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    For the record I have never seen another individual smoking a corn cob pipe, but if I do I shall strike up a chat with them!

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  32. sothron

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    It's hard to beat an MM cob with a Foreverstem. In fact I'm smoking one right now

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  33. oldredbeard

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    Wow, I just posted in another thread, that I have to try one. And then ran across this thread. You guys have me really wanting now.

    I'm not complaining.
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  34. wildcat

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    I've been on an Estate cob kick lately. Like new cobs they are great smokers, are fun to rehab and, depending on the style/age, they bring an old school look to the table not available in new cobs today. Finding the right deal is the issue, some sellers want way, way too much for them. But if I can walk away with one or two at less than or equal to what new costs AND enjoy the refurb AND have something unique... Winner, Winner corn cob dinner!!

    For whereas men of an older school, like myself, smoke for the pleasure of smoking...
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  35. chakaraka

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    My first and currently only pipe is a MM Legend. I have a Great Dane Spool and Missouri Pride in straight stems en route to me with my first briar. I do get a bit of a razzing from my lady about looking like Popeye or Frosty when I smoke. But for the money paid (and mine was $15 at a B&M) it is hard to beat and will likely remain my Aro pipe when I have a real rotation and tobacco choices. That woody stem burning flavour is almost gone and I am considering grinding off the rest of the protruding stem and mudding it up level. The main reasons for this are that I am a tinkerer and I can rarely finish the bottom of the bowl (and think this modification may solve that).

    I'd also love to see more photos of vintage cobs. Who knew they were made so ornately. Cool stuff.

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  36. wildcat

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    I'd also love to see more photos of vintage cobs. Who knew they were made so ornately. Cool stuff.

    Here's another on it's way to me. Haven't seen it in person yet.

    I'm on the hunt for a few of this type.

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  37. yadan

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    Nothing lowly about cobs except the price. I've smoked 'prestige' pipe including Dunhills, and IMHO my Country Gents beat beat out everything else except my Falcons. I'll pick up another one this week for sure! At the moment I'm savoring some Dunhill EMP in one of the Gents. What a pleasure!

    "I'm always easy to please since I'm always satisfied with the very best." - Oscar Wilde
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  38. sothron

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    Wildcat, those cobs are amazing. Where does one find such a pipe?

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    Just got an unsmoked old stock MM freehand from eBay. The pictures weren't great but I pulled the trigger at only $17 it was a steal.
    Once it got here it had a bit of oxidation on the stem which I took care of and sweetened the pipe with some Bulleit Rye whiskey.
    Best part about this pipe is that it has the cob stummel that they don't make anymore.

    Smoking it out right now with some lane 1q mixed with escudo. Not too bad so far.

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    I just got a MM general! Getting ready to take it for a spin with some PS English Oriental!

    "May my last breath be drawn through a pipe, and exhaled in a jest." - Charles Lamb
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    I just got a general last week too and it's really great!

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    Wildcat, those cobs are amazing. Where does one find such a pipe?

    On the bay, briarbid, antique shops, shows, etc...

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    MM's ten bag offer is not just for newbies! It's an excellent way to get a bunch of great smokers dirt cheap. Those vintage cobs look awesome. As for my Mac, I just unfold my Czech pipe tool to tamp the tobacco down deep into the bowl. No other special tools needed. Just pack with your favorite and enjoy a cool smoke.

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