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What Pipe Is Your Favorite?

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  1. smokinginquirer

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    At first, I didn't think I would be the kind of person that favors a particular type of pipe. I seemed to be drawn to all types, even if my wallet couldn't handle it. For sure, I was gathering a collection of tobacco, because it seemed to me that would be the area in which my sensitivities would be displayed. However, I'm finding out that, in fact, I seem to like many different tobaccos, and I prefer churchwarden pipes with a Dublin or calabash-style bowl. The smoke, the feel both in hand and in the mouth, and general appeal all seem greater to me in the form of a churchwarden.
    Are you partial to a pipe? What kind and why?

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  2. alan73

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    Squashed tomato, with bent stem. They tend to be light, and for some unstateable reason I love the shape. Been trying to get more from our favorite eBay sellers, when they pop up.

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    Savinelli 315KS. I'm also starting to really like the 305 shape as well.

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    A Millville flame grain Dublin and a Jobey saddle rusticated with a wire brush, both of which are about 35g, a delight to clench and the veterans of years of Dark Flake consumption; without doubt my favorites over a half-dozen of higher pedigree that never overthrew these two.

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    I really like my Savinelli 310 rusticated poker. It smokes great, feels light but substantial in the hand, is grippy, and I can set it down whenever I want without a stand.

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    I really like apples and princes. I recently bought a Dunhill 4407 and have really fallen for the shape. I also have a Savinelli 207 and it smokes great every time. The best part is with both of those pipes is that I can put them down and they sit just fine.

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    Meers, preferably in the cutty style...

    "the weez"...
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    Wow, Weez, "meervolous." My favourite pipe has been with me a long time. It is a lower end Cavicchi C grade smooth dublin. It has been there through many soothing and cool smokes.

    After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

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  9. lordofthepiperings

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    Right now I'm partial to straight pipes that are sandblasted or rusticated. Apples, Lovats, Billiards. I do also like a nice bent Blowfish.

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    +1 on the Sav poker.

    I also find I am drawn to Lovats, especially the smaller ones.

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    I hate questions like these, as they force me to choose. And that's just not fair to my other pipes.... hurts their feelings.

    Honestly it's hard for me to choose. I have quite a few pipes of different shapes and brands that I'm quite fond of. If I absolutely had to choose, it would be a handful of pipes including a William Anderson I commissioned, my very first Peterson, my very first Nording, another Peterson (a 106 Rosslare Royal Irish I spent the better part of a year hunting down), a grade 13 Nording (It was my first high grade Nording gifted to me by Peck some time ago... thanks again, Peck!), and perhaps my first Savinelli 320, a Marte.

    And now I feel bad, because all the pipes I didn't mention are just sitting there... on the rack... doing nothing... like they're pouting or something. They're very sensitive.

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    If I could choose one shape it would be a bent bulldog with either sandblast or rustication. Unfortunately it would seem that the blends I smoke get to call the shots when it comes to choosing which pipe to smoke.

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    This. Perfect balance, light, clench or hold, smokes dry, doesn't gurgle.

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    Freehand shapes. Each of them feel like they were carved to fit my hand.

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
    -Edward Teach
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    Whichever one I'm smoking!
    It was my Savinelli 645 bent apple short pipe, and my Strambach bent billiard Meerschaum pipe; however, I recently acquired an H. Cor Hawkbill Meerschaum and a Savinelli 141 KS Fiammata and I love both of those. I think my favorites may be changing.

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    Conservative bowl, bent to some degree with great fit and finish. A bit of silver is preferred.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    Yachts. Just a shape perfect for my clenching.

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    Dang it, Duane.... every time you show that Preben Holm and the Weaverfish I get jealous.

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    Your Nording's put most of my collection to shame.

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    Peterson XL02 great to hold and just a brilliant smoker.

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    Castello pipes. Billiard, straight and bent, and Bent Dublins.

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    Small straight smooth billiards with small thin and narrow buttons. This is my favorite pipe because it's comfortable, performs well, is classic and timeless, and doesn't eat up all my tobacco.

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    I am very much a lover of traditional pipe shapes and although my small collection has several different shapes straight and bent I have more bent Rhodesian/bulldogs so my answer is
    bent Rhodesians/bulldogs

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    I am very partial to bent pipes with Dublin style bowls. they come in so many sizes and styling.

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    Bent Pipes (any bowl shape) followed closely by Billiards.

    BTW, does a history of who first created specific shapes exist?

    "If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and sex, you don't actually live longer; it just seems that way."
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    My Savinelli Roma 706 because it's good for clenching and has that nostalgic (50's) look and feel about it. It handles OTC burley blends like a champ.

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    Normally I would say it’s my sav 320 ks Trevi hands down
    But I recently acquired this and I just can’t put it down
    It smokes wonderful and feels so good in the hand
    I’m seriously considering picking up another for the rotation
    My sav 673 ks Oceano
    I have also removed the rubber bit lately and I find I like it even better

    Keep calm...smoke a pipe.
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    Years ago, we adopted two rescue kittens from "foster parents" who had bottle fed them. When they visited to see how the kittens were doing, being smart assed, I asked them if they knew which I liked best. They were a little horrified, but asked "Which?" And I said, the one I'm petting at the time. Big sigh of relief. Same with pipes, my favorite is most often the one I'm smoking at the time. Briars and somewhat traditional shapes predominate, I guess.

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    Among my pile are a dozen pipes that I call favorites depending on which one I am smoking. Any traditional shape but a pot.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Embers, that Preben Holm is beautiful. I've always wanted a Nording Freehand, but when I see one I like it's either out of stock or just a little out of my price range at the time. I'm sorry, what are those "yachts"? Are those Zulu variants? Why haven't I seen them before? Those are very appealing. Where can I find them? Metal, that Savinelli Apple is stunning.

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    This pipe... I smoke it more than once a day, every day. It is a 70's era Hilson, with a bowl and briar that give me the perfect straight Virginia smoke, time after time.

    Michael
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    Older Peterson 303 spigots and deluxes with vulcanite fishtail stems. I have 4, all workhorses.

    I treat people the way they treat me. It's that simple.
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    Cosmic, is that the one in your avatar? Something about it has a sturdy personality.

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    No, the one in my avatar is a custom pipe from Dan Chlebove of Gabrieli pipes.

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    A large meerschaum cutty with a 9mm filter, carved by a guy named Birinci.

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    Love all my pipes, particularly the ones I had made by a friend in London, but the all time favorite is an old Comoy Golden Grain Canadian followed by a 50's era yello-bowl canadian. The ones I had made had a lot of love instilled in them when they were made...so they are favorites also.

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    I'm sorry, what are those "yachts"? Are those Zulu variants? Why haven't I seen them before? Those are very appealing.

    Nah, a zulu has a cylindrical forward canted chamber and a yacht has a conical vertical chamber more like a dublin. The ones pictured are Savinelli 904s and 9004s. GBD's 9613 is also similar.

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    Well,whatever the brand,classic shapes like Canadian, Liverpools, Lovats and straight Billiards are my most beloved shapes,preferably with the smaller/medium size chambers.

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    “Favorite” would be

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    Weird ^^ cut off.

    Favorite would be

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    Bulldogs, perhaps especially bent bulldogs.

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    Savinellis seem to take the cake in terms of favorite brand. Interesting.

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    I seriously like every pipe I own or it wouldn’t still be with me but I think the OP is mostly looking for shape favoritism. I really tend to gravitate toward Apples, Squashed Tomatoes, Dublin’s and Princes but some pipes like Falcons and their ilk have me pleased with the Billiard shape, I also have a few Pots that are just the ticket at some time or another and this isn’t even adding what material the pipe is made from, cheers.
    banjo

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    I'm partial to a certain material than shape - Morta over all other. I love that I get a cool smoke every time.

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    Variety is the spice of life. Each of my pipes has been favored at one time, usually when new, with the exception of the odd dud. My momentary favorites are often liked to the specific blends I'm smoking at the time. I tend toward straight billiards but I also like: Canadians, Bent Bulldogs, Hungarians, Dublins, Bent Meers, etc.

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    The one I'm smoking.

    Thought in the early morning, solace in time of woes,
    Peace in the hush of the twilight, balm ere my eyelids close
    Rudyard Kipling
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    I have 3 favorites. All 3 are Petersons.

    Dublin Castle X105 (straight billiard)
    Smooth system standard 303
    Saint Patrick's Day 2016 408 (Peterson's version of the author shape)


    So you say you can drink? Well, I'm from Wisconsin. Try to keep up.
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    Part of what brought me to piping is my own "tactile" tendencies. I like different shape and feel in my fingers (same with Pens/Pencils, etc.)

    I tend to favor stubbier (nose-warmers) pipes with what I describe as masculine dimensions. Two of my favorites are Rick Black Mortas that are shorter thicker pipes. But I also love the Sav/Rossi 320 shape and yet still have some traditional billiards (prize is my birth year Dunhill).

    Speaking of Birth Year Dunhills... anthonyrosenthal74... get yours yet?

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    I have 4 MM Bent Rob Roy's and I use one of them everyday, so I must like this shape a lot.
    Of my briars, I like the classic shapes, mostly if they have a saddle bit.
    The current favorite is my recently purchased Briar Works Bent Pot.

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    This 40's era GBD 9242 Sandblast. I picked it up at the NYC show a few years ago.

    Al

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    No doubt about it, the Sav 320 shape which I have in the Rossi line. It's also the lowest amount of money I ever paid for a new pipe which wasn't a basket pipe.

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    My Giant Bang that Mike personalized for me for my Naval service, Birthstone under the shank, smokes good, relaxes me, just an A O K pipe.

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    I needed a pipe for walking the new dog that was a clencher and didn't gurgle when I smoked baccy that made my mouth water. Enter the Savinelli Dry System. Bent for clenching, P-Lip to minimize saliva gurgle and the blasa filter for the other end. The first pipe worked liked a dream so I just pick up the second a few days ago.

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    I did the same thing (see my post above), and later got my third one, the mate to your second picture.

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    This one is a hard one so I had to break it down into three different categories.

    Cob: MM Cobbit Shire. The feel and bulkiness of the cob makes it a real good smoker for a long period of time that I mainly use on Saturday mornings.
    Briar: Savinelli unfinished bent. Unsure of the shape number but this was the first pipe that I had purchased 12 years ago and it was simply love at first puff. Nothing to spectacular just a good smoker and plan on getting more like it in different shapes.
    Other Wood: MM Ozarks. I have two of them and use them everyday when working in the shop or if just taking a break from yard work. Once it is broken in down where the shank enters the bowl you get a great smoke everyday no matter what type of tobacco you put into it. I have tried flakes, coins, ribbon and the occasional shag and they all smoke great it in. The bit is a little cheap but hey its only $.59 to replace if I happen to mess it up on the shop which is a winner on my part.

    That's really my take on them so far but the collection is ever growing so it could change here in the next couple months. Who knows.

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    My favourite pipe is always the most recent one I have acquired

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    My second "decent" pipe was a Stanwell 185.

    It has become the preferred relaxation pipe. I dedicated it to VaPer ribbon blends and it never fails to place me into the preferred coma-like state. I think I'll load it with some Russ O SV-23 now...

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    @panamacharlie

    I did the same thing (see my post above), and later got my third one, the mate to your second picture.

    Yeah I saw your post and realized I'm not the only one who likes these. The Dublin is a great smoker. I forgot how much I like the conical shaped bowls.

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    I greatly prefer straight pipes. The billiard is my favorite shape, particularly saddle stems, followed by the pot. I like both smooth and rusticated finishes, but own no sandblasts.

    That said, I smoke corn cobs at least two thirds of the time.

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    Churchwardens and pots are my least favorite, followed by Danish freehands. Favorite all time? Canadians.

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    My latest, of course... perfect for Royal Yacht -

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    My choice is a Falcon, easy to look after and smoke great.

    A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise ☪️
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    Not sure I have a favorite, but I do like this one for a whole bunch of reasons.

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    I have no favorite. Straight, 1/4 bent, half bent, etc. it just doesn't matter.
    At one time I would say I preferred Italian briars but I am beginning to appreciate pipes made in England and Holland.
    At one time I would have said I preferred meerschaum over briar, but now I have probably 3 briars for every meerschaum I own.

    Is there one pipe I enjoy smoking more than the others. Not really but I have been enjoying a Salmon & Gluckstein straight billiard that was made sometime after 1890. (the sterling silver band has stampings indicating the band was made in 1890) I also like my 1926 Dunhill.

    I'm sort of like my grandfather was back in the 1960s. I asked him which of his 5 pipes he liked the most and his answer was "The one I'm smoking."

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

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    In general, Danish freehands. Right this minute? Either my full-bent Savinelli 614 rusticated, T. Cristiano Rhodesian, or my good old Hilson Unicorn billiard.

    Head Black Frigate keelhauler, boss powder monkey, & troublemaker 1st class.
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    A straight pipe, usually a billiard or a pot. I also prefer the pipes to be 5-6 inches in length. This is just something I realised as I started collecting pipes, that I began picking more straight pipes out of the bunch, and the bent ones didn't get as much love.

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    Zulu’s, Yachts, and bent Dublins.

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    To go at this question a slightly different way, I wonder from time to time, if I were to narrow my stable down to one third its size, say about 26 pipes, which would make the cut? I find that extremely difficult. I might choose the 26 most expensive, which would give me a good array indeed. But I would really miss some of the clunky factory pipes that smoke extremely well, or that strike me as prizes of their kind, like (I'm always saying this, I know) great 1950's American cars. Some of the unfinished pipes are fairly inexpensive and ordinary, but terrific and dependable smokers. And I have churchwardens, an Oom-Paul, a really small (Group 1) and so on that each has its qualities and purposes. Excellent cobs with Forever or stock acrylic stems. Several rare Mountain Laurel pipes that were priced modestly but are not to be replaced. So it goes. I have several pipes that I know are less, but that I fully enjoy when I pluck them off the rack. Would I happily part with them? No. So I have my treasures, the gift pipes, a prize pipe, pipes bought at incredible bargains, a Bob Hayes artisanal that I bought at the last TAPS show he attended, and so forth. Favorite? Whew. I don't know.

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    My current favorite pipe is a fairly new one, a Daniel Mustran Strawberry Wood Bent Egg. It loves ribbons, especially slow burning Latakia blends. Ive not even touched any other pipe I own since October last year.

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    Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” One of the reasons behind this statement is that pipe smoking is meant to be a slow leisurely activity. It takes patience to smoke a pipe. Unlike cigarettes and cigars, there is a certain amount of technique to smoking a pipe. Where cigars and cigarettes can just be picked up, lit and puffed on, pipes require the development of a technique in order to get the best smoking experience.
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