Category Archives: The Pipe Pundit

Of Pipes and Dancing Elves

From L-R: The Rich Lewis Custom Bill NASPC 2014 POY atop a fresh tin of Low County Atalaya a ready-rubbed blend combining Red and Bright Virginias from 2019 with C&D's proprietary Red Virginia Cavendish. Peterson’s Grafton System Pipe Travel Case specifically designed for Peterson System pipes, with matching leather pipe stand and a green suede tobacco pouch. Front: Peterson's Thinking Man pewter tamper, attributed to Peterson’s 1905 slogan, "The Thinking Man Smokes a Peterson Pipe." Far right: Fresh tin of C&D Low Country Edisto blend, Red Virginias pressed and sliced into flakes. Photo by Fred Brown

For the old Pundit, who has been puffing pipes since his college days in the 1960s, this time of year is what is known here in Punditland as the “in-betweens.” […]

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Autumnal Comings and Goings

October is that deep-breath month we take when the sizzle of summer begins to fizzle and fades into the joys of autumn. The month always puts me in the mood […]

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Truer than True, a Thing or Two

Old friends of the Pundit Precious Herd. From left to right a vintage Peterson St. Patrick’s Day, a 1960s basket Dublin, a Michel Deluxe Lovat Made in England of unknown purchase date and a Dunhill 5103 Amber Root, also of unknown purchase date. Photo by Fred Brown

Call me an Anglophile. That’s okay. I become all misty-eyed when I think of the British Isles. Now, don’t get Pundit wrong, I’ve visited France and Germany and enjoyed tripping […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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