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What tobacco(s) would you use for the pipe shapes I have pictured here?

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  • Started 2 years ago by lasttango
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  1. lasttango

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    Hi friends. I am looking for a little feedback. I have several new pipes that I just can't seem to light. I plan to smoke them but I can't make up my mind what to break them in with.

    I want to show you a few pipes and based on what you see and read, what tobacco might you choose to use in this pipe?

    First up is this awesome new squat acorn from Il Duca. It's about 5.3 inches. I was thinking that this relatively small chamber might be perfect for a stronger tobacco that I don't want to smoke a lot of... such as one of the Tabac Manil Semois blends. I could always use Burleys in it later or simultaneously - the Semois flavor would give the burleys an interesting twist:

    Next is this very large Blowfish? or ? from Cavicchi. It is 6.3 inches long with an extremely large and high chamber with very thick walls. I have no idea what to put in this pipe. Sometimes it calls to me for an English blend.

    Lastly, is my "red dragon" from Jose Rubio. It's a a Billiard/Liverpool. It's about 6.3 inches long. Lightweight. Clenchible.

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  2. bluegrassbrian

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    Pretty pipes!

    If they were mine I'd do Solani 660 in the Il Duca, in the Cavicchi I'd do a mix of Orlik GS & Capstan Blue flake, and the Rubio would get a 80/20 mix of McClelland 5100/5105.

    Just my opinion of course (I don't smoke latakia).

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    But like all your friends it is vilified
    They always say, the right amount's fine
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  3. cortezattic

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    I gotta agree with bluegrassbrian on the Cavicchi. It definitely looks like a flake pipe.

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    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    Duca.....John Cotton's Smyrna

    Cavicchi.....Bengal Slices

    Rubio.....Edward G. Robinson's Pipe Blend

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  5. pagan

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    Which blends are up to your taste but Id match the pipes with blend type/family

    Squat Acorn = English blends
    Blowfish = Lat forward blends
    Billiard = Aro's/English

    Nowhere in the world will such a brotherly feeling of confidence be experienced as amongst those who sit together smoking their pipes
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    If I would be the owner I would say: a VaBur like Troost slices in the Squat Acorn and a Va or VaPer like St James flake (SG) in the Blowfish
    Neither do I smoke Lat and I never would buy a Billiard.

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    I guess smoking half n half in my Bang is a no no??

    " better to ask twice than to get lost once" Old Danish proverb
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    I'd smoke whatever English blend I'm onto at the moment in all of them.

    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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  9. skraps

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    Burley, Burley and Burley.

    "People are not made better by a briar. An idiot before smoking a pipe is still an idiot after smoking a pipe, they're just more likely to speak less drivel with something in their mouth. For that, all society should be grateful."

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    Squat Acorn = Royal Yacht
    Blowfish = to me English, but flake. Like, MacBaren HH Latakia Flake
    Billiard = Looks tall and narrow enough to me to do great with some Virginal Flake, preferably a golden sliced.

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    I find the larger diameter bowls serve well for English, smaller or cone shaped bowls burn Virginia flake like no other - if your PAD gets really bad like mine did years ago...you can smoke hundreds of blends and not circle back to the same pipe/bacci for 365+ days...damn PAD

    I tend to keep the English mixture away from my Virginia only pipes, they ghost like a mofo, unless you blast with burley blends for awhile so I tend to have English specific only pipes, which are mostly pot shaped larger bowls 2" on height

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  12. mso489

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    For the squat acorn, I recommend flake/plug/coin/rope. It will burn low and slow and give a perfect smoke. For Tabac-Manil Semois medium and thick cut, for which I have an intense liking, I recommend a tall deep bowl of only average diameter, like a chimney, deep billiard, MM cob freehand, or similar.

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    if your PAD gets really bad like mine did years ago...

    nahh...never happen

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    Im not sure what Id smoke in the first pipe, probably start with VA flakes till I got the nerve to change it. Blowfish would be Lat/Balkan, and the billiard would be for my va/pers.

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    I would definitely smoke Irish Flake in the Il Duca, an amazing aromatic such as Cube Silver in the Cavicchi and finally some London Mixture in the Rubio.

    My reasoning is the Il Duca cries for a good flake, the Cavicchi is fancy enough to smoke at formal events and non pipe smokers love the smell of a good aromatic, and the Rubio deserves a decent English.

    Smoke what you love!

    Dot
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  16. rigmedic1

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    I would use the IL Duca for a complex English, or GLPease Sixpence.
    A straight Virginia in the Cavicchi.
    The Red Dragon would go well with Fava Beans and a nice Chianti.

    Posted 2 years ago #

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