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  1. haparnold

    Shout Out to the Mods

    I tell you what, maybe I'm just cooped up at home so I'm reading the forum more, or maybe things have been especially testy around here lately, but I just want to say I'm grateful for good mods. This is a good place to hang out online, and I know it takes a lot of work to keep it that way. So...
  2. haparnold

    Barbary Coast

    Surely I'm not the only one on here who really likes this stuff? This was the first tinned blend I got, years ago after I "moved up in the world" from tubs of Sir Walter Raleigh and B&M bulk blends. I'm definitely a Burley guy, and I've found that some of my favorite blends have Burley and...
  3. haparnold

    Balkan Sobranie Flake

    Has anybody ever smoked this? I've seen plenty of ancient BS tins before, but never a tin of Balkan Sobranie Flake until I was at an antique store today. Heck, I didn't even know this existed until now. Surely some of our old timers have come across this before. P.S. The tin was empty when I...
  4. haparnold

    Coating an Unglazed Clay Pipe "Bit"

    I'm a casual clay smoker, and all of my clays have a glazed tip where your mouth goes. I recently ordered one which doesn't have a glazed tip. I've heard of some of the concerns around unglazed clay, and I don't enjoy the stickiness, so I'm planning to DIY some sort of coating. I know the...
  5. haparnold

    Hap's Initial Impressions: GL Pease Samarra

    I should state up front that GL Pease Westminster is my base of reference for an English blend. Every time I evaluate a blend containing Latakia, it’s in relation to Westminster. Samarra’s tin note is classic English. The aroma could be a reference point to what a well-crafted Latakia blend...
  6. haparnold

    Drucquer & Sons Rust

    I got an order from SPC in the mail today, and was very excited to open up a tin of Inns of Court. While jarring some of it, I noticed the seam of the can has a fair amount of what appears to be rust. I checked some of my other C&D/GL Pease cans I have, and noticed the two-ounce tins don't...
  7. haparnold

    Your Most Versatile Blend

    I know, I know, we get these kinds of posts all the time. "If you were on a desert island and could only take one blend, which one would it be??" This is sort of like that, but not exactly. Over time, I've come to realize that some of my favorite blends are really only right for certain...
  8. haparnold

    I've Got a PAD Feeling About This: Briarworks Edition

    I'm a huge fan of the Belge shape, and have been for quite some time now. I'm also a total sucker for a black sandblast with a tortoiseshell stem. So when I found this great combination from a company I like, at a reasonable price, it was just too hard to say no. (By the way, you can get 10% off...
  9. haparnold

    In Praise of Bones

    I've been buying and smoking Chris Morgan's Bones pipes for about a year now, and I think they're among the best low-cost options for a briar. They have consistently good drilling, and I really enjoy the aesthetic, esp. watching them color over time. Now don't get me wrong-- these are no...
  10. haparnold

    Factory Aging

    I know it's been discussed ad infinitum here that certain blenders age their tobaccos before selling them. Much has also been made of the difference between aerobic and anaerobic fermentation that occurs in tobacco, and many say that care should be taken not to disturb anaerobic fermentation...
  11. haparnold

    IRC Italian-Made Pipe. Savinelli?

    I've heard that Iwan Ries' Italian house brand pipes were manufactured by Savinelli. I recently picked up an estate IRC "Turino" pipe with a lucite stem which looks like a dead ringer for a Savinelli Oscar lucite. However, the shape number stamped on the pipe is 129, which doesn't correspond...
  12. haparnold

    Anybody Have Dunhill TSAD?

    Wow! A new Dunhill for only $325! If I were to make a list of all the things I'd spend $325 on, I don't think a Dunhill t-shirt would be on there. But who knows, maybe I'll develop TSAD (t-shirt Acquisition Disorder). source: dunhill.com
  13. haparnold

    I've got a PAD feeling about this: Upshall Edition

    I'm not someone who buys pipes on a whim, but Lovat is probably my favorite shape (I got over my youthful dalliance with bent billiards a long time ago), and I'm always on the lookout for one that suits my fancy. When browsing smokingpipes the other day, I saw this estate James Upshall...
  14. haparnold

    Go to Your Local B&Ms, Folks

    Just a little testimonial on how awesome Brick and Mortar tobacconists are: I stopped by my local B&M this afternoon, and even though I was convinced I had looked the place over from top to bottom several times, something caught my eye today: four dusty tins of Butera Royal Vintage from 2008. I...
  15. haparnold

    Some Thoughts from the Wine World

    We often talk on here about whether expensive/hard to obtain pipes and tobaccos are objectively better than cheaper options. I know there are people firmly entrenched in both camps on here, and I tend to find myself somewhere in no-man's land on the issue. However, I'm reading a book entitled...
  16. haparnold

    Amber Mason Jars

    Hey gang, I don't know if anyone else has seen these amber-colored mason jars around, but they've started to pop up in my neck of the woods. I wonder if they would be superior to clear ones for tobacco aging, since they claim to block 99% of UV light. I know conventional wisdom says to store...
  17. haparnold

    Healthy Lifestyles?

    I've been thinking a lot recently about the overall lifestyles of tobacco users. While I know we (in general) believe pipe smoking isn't really detrimental to one's health, I'm curious if others care to chime in on whether this is one of several 'vices', or whether they live an overall healthy...
  18. haparnold

    (Probably) My Last Dunhill PAD

    I went by my B&M today and bought out their last remaining Dunhill stock (about a dozen tins), minus a couple tins of Durbar (I've never had it, so why get into it now?). The owner gave me a good discount, so I sprung for it. Why did I do it? I don't know. I'm not a Dunhill-phile, and none of...
  19. haparnold

    Got a Deal on Rossis (Pic Heavy)

    If there's one thing I hated when I first started in this hobby about a decade ago, it was rusticated pipes. Don't ask me why, but I never saw one I liked. Well, as we say, tastes change, and I'm now almost exclusively drawn to sandblasted/rusticated pipes. I have, however, been attracted to...
  20. haparnold

    Paper Insert

    Every tin of tobacco I've ever bought comes with a paper insert like the one pictured above. I guess my question is, why? Does it serve a real purpose? I confess I don't throw them out when I crack a tin, but I just don't really see a reason for the extra packaging. Hoping one of you wise folks...