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  1. Rastislav

    Syrian Latakia

    Yikes. Look like my cellaring efforts just found a new sense of urgency.
  2. Rastislav

    Syrian Latakia

    I’m sure this has been discussed at length, but why is it that Syrian Latakia is no longer available? Is it the political situation over there?
  3. Rastislav

    Pipe and Tobacco Shelf Ideas

    Looks great, and efficient. IKEA may be the way to go. Thanks.
  4. Rastislav

    It Will Only Get Worse

    Wow! I feel bad for complaining.
  5. Rastislav

    Flake Tobacco

    Thanks all. Good advice!
  6. Rastislav

    Flake Tobacco

    Thanks. I am guessing you are trying to produce a consistency at least as small as ribbon cut then?
  7. Rastislav

    Flake Tobacco

    A newbie question. I tried my first flake tobacco (C&D Star of the East). While I found it very good, I think my ”crumbling” technique could be improved. It seemed like the coarse texture didn’t lend well to packing and keeping lit. What is the best way to break down the flake for optimum...
  8. Rastislav

    Pipe and Tobacco Shelf Ideas

    In viewing the many instructive Youtube videos on pipe smoking, I found myself admiring the many neatly ordered tobacco and pipe collections using shelves and desks. Alas, while I do not see the wife concurring to any smoking in the house, being a newbie and just starting a collection, I am...
  9. Rastislav

    Greetings From the South Coast of the UK

    Welcome aboard from across the pond!
  10. Rastislav

    It Will Only Get Worse

    Well said!
  11. Rastislav

    It Will Only Get Worse

    I have no doubts that the US is still in a better place than Europe, Canada with regards to taxation and government regulations. The trend is disturbing all the same. Just venting, and this seemed to be the forum to do so.
  12. Rastislav

    It Will Only Get Worse

    Just commiserating with the pipe community on the perpetual attacks and taxation we have to endure. Here in PA, for the privilege of patronizing a fine in state establishment for some of their tobacco blends, some quick math revealed that since I am in PA, taxes and “fees” (I despise euphemisms)...
  13. Rastislav

    Article Stating That 70% Isopropyl Alcohol is a Better Disinfectant than 99%

    Any thoughts on 190 proof grain alcohol as opposed to the Isopropyl being discussed?
  14. Rastislav

    General Pipe Care - Polish or Wax?

    Any recommendations for maintaining outside of pipe bowl, like beeswax or polish? Thanks. EDIT: Fixed Capitalization in Title
  15. Rastislav

    Recommendations of Tobacco Blends for a New Pipe Smoker

    Appreciate the samples for each category. Thanks!
  16. Rastislav

    Recommendations of Tobacco Blends for a New Pipe Smoker

    Greatly appreciated! I believe I recently acquired the latter two. Looking forward to trying them and your other suggestions.
  17. Rastislav

    Recommendations of Tobacco Blends for a New Pipe Smoker

    Thus far, Peterson Irish Whiskey, Bengal Slices, Captain Black.
  18. Rastislav

    Recommendations of Tobacco Blends for a New Pipe Smoker

    Hello, I am most open to any suggestions on the various tobacco blend categories to try, so as to learn what‘s out there. Thank you! EDIT: Fixed Capitalization in Title