I smoke pipes. And cigars. Something Ive noticed of late is a trend towards snobbery in the pipe smoking community not unlike the snobbery which infects the cigar community to such a large extent. Yes, there has always and will always be a degree of snobbishness but it has never, until lately, been so pronounced. This is disturbing.
Every "clique" with which Ive been involved over the years has suffered from this affliction ... some more so than others, but it has never ended well no matter the enterprise. Lately, it seems that pipe smoking which has for so long been a comparatively harmless pastime of the common man and the "upper crust" alike has increasingly been overtaken by individuals who have made a sport of looking down their collective noses at those less worthy individuals who, for whatever reason, attempt to enjoy pipes not emblazoned with the venerated names so well known to most of us.
I myself have been guilty of some level of snobbishness. This cannot continue. If if does we will soon see our beloved pastime fade away even faster than it already is!
As of yesterday I gave my brother the 4 Dunhills and 2 Petersons that I been so proud of for so long. From this point on it will be GOOD pipes, not necessarily expensive one. To be totally honest, My old Grabow Silver Duke smokes just as good as the Dunhill Cumberland that I just gave away! I can admit that now!