Doin’ the Bengal Breakdown

Original Bengal Slices by James B. Russell

It’s far from a closely-held secret that for years I’ve had a bit of a love affair with the old, Celebrated Bengal Slices. I fondly recall my first experience with […]

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The Charring Light

Embarcadero Tobacco with Pease-King Designed Pipe

Sometimes, fortunately not too often, I forget stuff, and it bugs me. What’s worse, though, is when I don’t remember that I forgot it, though I guess that bugs me […]

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Breaking it In

Peterson Silver Spigot 107

Predictably, the Vegas pipe extravaganza of 2022, the first pipe show I’ve attended since 2019, was an absolute delight. I met up with old friends, made some new ones, and […]

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Are You Experienced?

State Express Pipe Tobacco

It might be hard to believe, but there was a time, not all that long ago in the timeline of pipe smoking, when people didn’t even think about aging tobacco. […]

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The Good Old Days?

Pipes from the Author's Collection

It’s no secret that I love old pipes. Like a well broken-in pair of jeans, there’s something they bring with them that makes them sort of special. They carry an […]

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Heat Waves

Benson & Hedges Pipe Tobacco and Drucquer & Sons Pipe

I do not like hot weather. When the mercury pushes close to body temperature, my icy heart begins to melt, and when it reaches the point where I break out […]

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Pipe Mysteries

Dunhill Lovet Pipes with Capstan and Westminster Tobaccos

Each month, my brain fabricates a few good ideas for this column, and a lot of silly ones. Usually, one of them sticks, and things just sort of flow from […]

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And Then There Were Three

Pipes by Ryan Alden, Bengt Carlson, and Jerry Zenn (Photo: G.L. Pease)

The late Bill Unger, long-time secretary/treasurer of the North American Society of Pipe Collectors and editor of the Pipe Collector newsletter, was often quoted as saying, “If you have one […]

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