Category Archives: The Pipe Pundit

More Is Better, Maybe!

L-R: Missouri Meerschaum Southport Ferryman from Cornell & Diehl to honor the company’s Carolina history; Northern Briars Countryman, group five, handmade by Ian Walker in his Northern England shop. (Photo: Fred Brown)

Ah, the dog days of summer. Just think of your poor family dog who must endure the heat and humidity in a fur coat. The Pundit’s beautiful Golden Retriever just plops down on the floor exhausted and sleeps. A lot. And speaking of heat and humidity, a frightful thought on the global front, it is […]

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Law of Binding Energy

This may sound a bit over the top, but our pipe community is held together by some equivalent of the law of binding energy. So sayeth Dr. Pundit. Harrumph! Simply put, the law says the universe is held together by binding energy. Seen another way, the law explains in a blackboard full of Einsteinian math […]

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A Trip to Tobaccoland

From Left: C&D's Palmetto Balkan, Savinelli's new and beautiful Ottagono sandblast and Peterson's amazing Emerald Rusticated P-Lip XL-90 along with two other standby blends. Photo by Fred Brown

We are not in Kansas any longer, Toto. No. We are in Tobaccoland, nirvana, land of honey and Virginia, latakia, perique, and cavendish blended to a taste of the extraordinary. No, the Pundit hasn’t quite lost all of his faculties yet. He just puffed some of the C&D latest by the genius blender Jeremy Reeves, […]

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Once More, Dear Lads, Once More

Ah, the joys of spring. April showers bringing May flowers, trees budding, birds flitting in fits of joy, and hope springing eternal. As our friend e.e. cummings said, “always it’s spring and everyone’s in love”.  Ah, love, yes, above all love. Have you ever fallen in love?  With a pipe, that is. Yes, dear brothers […]

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The Everyman Pipe

Sherlock Holmes Smooth Dark Stained Hudson is center stage. It came with Cornell& Diehl's St. Patrick's Day Special Reserve 2022 small batch blend of Bright Virginias, hazelnut, vanilla, a variety of canvendish and a smooth creamy topping. A lovely blend. In the background is 2021/2022 4th Generation limited edition Jubilaeums Flake, a tobacco blend dedicated to Erik Stokkebye's grandfather, Erik Poul. Photo by Fred Brown

Here is the thing. As we all know, there are skilled artisans and wonderfully-crafted pipes in today’s pipes and tobacco marketplaces. And over time, the Pundit has managed to purchase a parcel of these prized pipes. Lately, the Pundit has become particularly interested in Peterson Pipes from Sallynoggin. It has to do with history and […]

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One True Sentence

L-R: The “missing pipe formation” of the meerschaum collection; Author pipes galore! And “Folklore” tobacco blend from the latest Small Batch creation by C&D’s Jeremy Reeves, Head Blender at Cornell & Diehl. Photo by Fred Brown

Hitherto in the long back time when the Pundit fashioned himself the new Hemingway, ahem, he learned of a new pipe offering, known as the “Author.” Oh, almighty thundering yes, the Pundit must have it! It was as if Homer, Plato, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and Hem all said in a heavenly roar: “Go forth and […]

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Pipes in the Dark Days

A couple of new members of the pipe herd and new tins for cold wintry nights. L-R: Iwan Ries Blue Star Aromatic; Cornell & Diehl Wintertime Reserve Alpine Lodge; Peterson St. Patrick's Day 2022 XL17 Fishtail, a beautiful copy of the Sherlock Holmes Watson design; next up is the Ropp Heritage Blast 353 Straight billiard, created from old-stock stummels from the Chapuis-Comoy factory turned many years ago; and finally what would be a relaxing winter night without G.L. Pease’s Quiet Nights of The Old London Series. Photo by Fred Brown

“Tis the times’ plague, when madmen lead the blind.”—William Shakespeare “How now?” “Even so quickly may one catch the plague?” — William Shakespeare There we were, thinking the plague seemed to be fading. And then, omicron, the little Greek “o­­­­” with a big “Omen” arrived and set the world ablaze with virus. Sometime, in the […]

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A New Year: New Pipes and Tobacco

MacArthur Corn Cob Pipe and Tobaccos

Here we are on the cusp of a new year. Like Satchel Paige, I am just a bit fearful these days to look over my shoulder. Something might be gaining on me. With apologies to the great baseball pitcher and Hall of Famer. Actually, the new year is getting off to a decent start. Now, […]

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Pax Vobiscum!

Some favored tobacco blends and new pipes from left: L.J. Peretti 150th Anniversary Virginia Flake blend; new pipes L-R: Peterson XL02 Rua Fishtail (red fox) in a crimson-and-black contrast-stained sandblast and the Peterson Halloween 2021 System Pipe B42 P-Lip with its acrylic red and black stem and black sandblast; two Claudio Cavicchis, L-R, Lovat brown sandblast and CCC Canadian; two tobacco cans, Cornell & Diehl’s Autumn Evening and Sutliff Tobacco Co.’s Edward G. Robinson’s Pipe Blend. Photo by Fred Brown

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast—William Shakespeare  Ahhh, yes, the hurly-burly holidays have fallen upon us with a vengeance. In this supply-chain-choke-hold-chaos of Thanksgiving and Christmas flapdoodle, it appears this holiday season will be a challenge to please kids into howls of delight, as well as surprise crotchety pipe smokers. Well, why […]

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An Upstart Crow’s Mincer Experience

Gift from old newspaper pal, described as a Tracy Mincer Custom-Bilt years ago at a pipe show. (Photo: Fred Brown)

Rummaging around the pachyderm-sized briar herd recently, I ran across old friends and one surprising ancient addition. You know how it is. For sentimental reasons, you begin to yearn for those dear memories and times. The Pundit is just a softy when it comes to pipes and tobacco reminiscences, which always lead to more stories. […]

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