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    ***What Are You Smoking, April 2024?***

    Oh wow ! That last bowl of half&half PS Luxury Twist and McClelland Dark Star was sooooo good Next pipe is another Dunhill shell - a 1952 birth year tapered stem billiard With a bowl of Sam Gawith St. James Flake
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    ***What Are You Smoking, April 2024?***

    I have 2012 Peter Stokkebye Luxury Twist and 2015 McClelland Dark Star - both insufficient to fill a bowl on their own So I blended them roughly 1:1 In a 1957 Dunhill Shape 590 shell
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    My Experience So Far

    Boswell’s do sampler packs - a good way to try a few blends with similar components, but in different proportions.
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    Totally Rad (Davis)

    They come up regularly on the WAYS thread
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    1936-1938 Kaywoodie Bulldog Restored

    Nice work Al I like that you never try to “restore” to a “like new” hyper-glossy look but allow them to retain some of the knocks they “earned” along the way.
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    ***What Are You Smoking, April 2024?***

    The next pipe is a French-made GBD straight billiard, tapered stem with an orific bit Again French silver hallmarks, no date letter With a bowl of Dunhill My Mixture 965 - most likely from the 1990s
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    ***What Are You Smoking, April 2024?***

    Taking out a couple of French made GBDs today. French silver hallmarks (diamond and boar’s head) but no date letter 1st up is a thick shanked, tapered stem GBD apple With a bowl of 1999 McClelland’s Bombay Court
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    Ever Bought a Pipe Just as a Curiosity?

    I agree wholeheartedly with pipes However I have a collection of knives - kitchen and pocketknives/ folders some of which have never cut anything ;)
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    Ever Bought a Pipe Just as a Curiosity?

    I have often bought pipes OUT OF curiosity - an ivory pipe, a porcelain and several mortas, olive woods - you get the picture. But never AS a curiosity. All my pipes are bought with the intention of smoking them. I’m not interested in having pieces for display or to admire.
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    Thoughts on a Second Pipe

    Congratulations on your new pipe. Looking forward to your review Interested in your comparison with your cob.
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    Thoughts on a Second Pipe

    If you're just starting with pipes, getting a new one will be the way to go. When you have tried out cobs and briars and have settled on your preference, then you MAY wish explore more expensive options I have a lot of estate pipes - in fact the majority of my "collection" Estates are a good...
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    How Many Ounces Of Tobacco Fit In An 8oz Mason Jar?

    Depends on the cut and presentation Flakes, ropes and cakes take up the least space. Ribbon and shag, being the loosest cuts, take up most space. It depends on how much you wish to compress the tobacco. I have a variety of sized jars and use the most appropriate ones.
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    Hi, Judah from New Zealand

    Hi Judah, Welcome from across the ditch (Sydney, Oz) Several Kiwis active on the Forums, so you will be in good company here.
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    Thoughts on a Second Pipe

    Scottie's pipes are quite a way north of $50 I can't understand people recommending a new Merc when someone asks about a Toyota or Mazda :rolleyes:
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    Is it OK to Never Remove the Stem ?

    Alcohol is fine for vulcanite/ebonite stems. Use liquid eg dishwashing soap for acrylics Why go to the extra expense ?
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    Is it OK to Never Remove the Stem ?

    Just pipe cleaners after each smoke should suffice. I use alcohol only if the pipe tastes “off” and needs a deep clean
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    Is it OK to Never Remove the Stem ?

    Flushing with warm water after a smoke will reduce tar buildup
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    My pipe smoking buddy is gone

    Condolences on the loss of your faithful companion Quincy. Be comforted that he lived a greatly cherished life with you
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    Curry Half and Half

    Interestingly in Sydney a lot of “Indian” eateries and takeaways are run by Pakistanis and Nepalese rather than Indians The explanation is that “Indian” is more readily accepted than “Pakistani or Nepalese” cuisine
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    ***What Are You Smoking, April 2024?***

    Next up is another Tsuge Ikebana - an Asami Kikuchi bent egg - 029 from 2020 A bowl of Peterson’s Elizabethan Mixture