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  1. AuroraSurrealis

    Double Edged Razor Blades

    German-made Wilkinson Sword is my go-to-blade, Personna Blue and Gillette Perma-Sharp go as well with my Fatip open-comb safety razor. I’ve tried various other DE-blades but my thick and stubborn beard seems to rule out all the less aggressive ones. I’ve noticed that Wilkinson Sword peculiarly...
  2. AuroraSurrealis

    ***What Are You Smoking, February 2023?***

    GLP Windjammer as a late afternoon smoke. Tasty and stout blend also suitable for colder conditions.
  3. AuroraSurrealis

    ***What Are You Smoking, December 2022?***

    2013 Christmas Cheer in a Castello sea rock briar SA31.
  4. AuroraSurrealis

    Show Off Your Castello Pipes Here!

    Got my second searock from a post office yesterday. It’s a pipe from the time before K-grading and stamped as sa31, if my memory serves me well, pipes from year 1955 to 1965 have the sa/sb/sc sizing. When I’m checking shape 31 Castellos from the Internet, there’s quite a variation of desings...
  5. AuroraSurrealis

    ***What Are You Smoking, Sept. 2022?***

    HH Burley Flake in a Orlik Deluxe LX86.
  6. AuroraSurrealis

    ***What Are You Smoking, August 2022?***

    Just finished a bowl of H&H WhiteKnight in a a Rattray’s Marlin bent Bulldog.
  7. AuroraSurrealis

    ***What Are You Smoking, August 2022?***

    Hearth&Home WhiteKnight in a Rattray’s Marlin bent Bulldog as my evening smoke. I’m sitting in my garden and it’s getting dark, air is still and there’s a whiff of the autumn in the air.
  8. AuroraSurrealis

    ***What Are You Smoking, August 2022?***

    Stonehenge Flake in a 1966 Dunhill Bruyere (3).
  9. AuroraSurrealis

    How Many Surgeries Have You Had?

    I’m going to have same kind of surgery in a month, though my tumor is secreting only thyrotropine. It’s a first surgical operation for me and it makes me bit anxious time to time. Several people have told me that patients recover usually quickly after endoscopic pituitary operation.
  10. AuroraSurrealis

    Recommended B&M in Stockholm, Sweden?

    Cigarrummet has nice catalogue of Samuel Gawiths available, locating not too far away from Brobergs.
  11. AuroraSurrealis

    ***What Are You Smoking, July 2022?***

    Just finishing a bowl of HU Makhuwa in Peterson Grafton 264.
  12. AuroraSurrealis

    A Match or a Lighter?

    Usually the one which is on hand, wooden matches or Kiribi. I also have a Zippo but I have decided to keep it at least three feet away from my pipes.. My days in military service on southern seashore of Finland taught me to light a cigarette on all weather conditions, I think it might also have...
  13. AuroraSurrealis

    ***What Are You Smoking, July 2022?***

    Currently smoking some Blackwoods Flake from year 2007 in a Ashton XX Pebble Grain saddle-bit billiard.
  14. AuroraSurrealis

    What Are You Drinking? June 2022

    Arctic Blue Gin with Tonic and blueberries. Probably the best gin I’ve ever tasted, it also goes well as neat. Had that blueberry GT as a cigar-avec yesterday.
  15. AuroraSurrealis

    ***What Are You Smoking, June 2022?***

    Got to admit that I’m not sure, at least there used to be a pretty talented pipemaker in eastern (?) Finland whose pipes were sold in finnish B&M’s. I don’t know what’s the current situation with his pipe-making.
  16. AuroraSurrealis

    ***What Are You Smoking, June 2022?***

    Breaking in my new pipe which was made by Finnish pipe-maker Mikko Saarinen aka Frost-pipes. GLP Windjammer was the first tobacco to be loaded into this pipe.
  17. AuroraSurrealis

    ***What Are You Smoking, May 2022?***

    Capstan Original Navy Cut in a Castello Natural Vergin Searock Freehand as an evening pipeful.
  18. AuroraSurrealis

    Show Off Your Castello Pipes Here!

    Only one I’ve got so far. KK Natural Vergin Searock Freehand from Carlo Scotti -era.
  19. AuroraSurrealis

    Smoking Frequency

    Usually 2 or 3 bowls per week. Recently I have consumed more Snus than smoked pipe due to all kind of hassle going on everyday life.
  20. AuroraSurrealis

    Peterson De Luxe Navy Rolls.

    I really like DLNR, one of my absolute favorites of all time. Got to admit that I haven’t smoked Peterson branded one but the earlier version by STG. I assume that only tin label has changed since Navy Rolls got under Peterson brand, but can’t really say if there’s been changes in quality of...