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  1. Spinkle

    Help With Vulcanite Stem

    Hi Gents I recently read about the oxiclean method for cleaning vulcanite stems. I decided to try and clean up one of my late fathers Trypis pipes. I soaked the stem in the oxiclean for an hour along with some others and then hit them with the mr clean magic eraser. The other stems came to a...
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    Classic Mac Baren "Omnibus" Review

    Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving to all of my friends here at pipesmagazine.com. It’s the long weekend up here and as such I have a bit of extra time to tackle some reviewing that I’ve been meaning to punch out for a while. The wife and son are already out cold from the turkey so now’s the time; I...
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    Impulse Purchase - Comoy’s Black Bark

    I was browsing eBay late last Friday and saw this Comoy’s Black Bark Billiard (Lovat?). Saw that it had a buy it now price, seemed in perfect condition and was in Canada. Snapped it up and it arrived today. I’m not the best at pictures but this is a beautiful pipe. Almost don’t want to smoke...
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    Similar Blends to Rattray's Dark Fragrant?

    Just finished a bowl of Rattray's Dark Fragrant which I was able to snag one tin of several months ago. Been in the jar about 3 weeks now and the flavours have opened up nicely. Very tasty fruity and toasty smoke, quite satisfying. Wondering if anyone could recommend something similar that's...
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    Is This Mould?

    Hi gents, just wanted some opinions on whether this is mould or not. I’ve never experienced it, and I remember seeing another thread where a piece of twine or such was caught in the tobacco. This seems very fibrous as you can see. I do not detect any foul odor, but the blend is topped with...
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    Sutliff 515 RC-1 Matured Red Virginia

    I will preface this review by stating that I’ve never tried any McClelland blend, so this is not a comparison. At the same time, it was reading posts lamenting the demise of 5100, and that 515 RC-1 was the closest substitute that made me pull the trigger. I think the fact that even several...
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    Savinelli 140th Anniversary vs Sansepolcro

    Hello Gents, Just wondering if anyone has had the chance to try both of the above noted blends and can advise if they are similar? The descriptions make it seem like they use the same "dark fired florets", though Savinelli seems to have some sort of flowery top note? I have a tin of the...
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    Palate Fatigue?

    Here's one for the more experienced smokers - how to you qualify "palate fatigue"? Based on what little I've read about it, it would seem that it normally kicks in later in the day after you've had a number of bowls. I think that I have experienced it, as sometimes on a day where I've had more...
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    TobaccoReviews.com Lore Discussion

    I know from the copious anecdotal evidence posted to these forums that I am not the only one that uses TobaccoReviews.com as a source for determining what blends I should try next. When I'm not otherwise occupied I'll often browse around to see what's new and go through regular members' reviews...
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    Tobacco Aging Project - Request for Suggestions

    Good Evening Gentlemen, I've learned a great deal from the internet in general and this site in particular over the last couple of years that I've been taking pipe smoking seriously. One of the things that I was surprised to learn was that pipe tobacco can actually get better with age...
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    Detriot Metro Area

    Good Afternoon Gentlemen, I will be traveling to the Detroit Metro area, specifically Royal Oak, in the not too distant future. I was hoping that while in the USA I'd be able to do some shopping for blends we don't typically see here in Canada. I have searched the internet and this site but...
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    Hello from Toronto

    Good evening gentlemen, I have been lurking this forum for some time now and decided I would join the conversation now and then. I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and order most of my tobacco from the USA given our high taxes. I’d say I’ve got about a 75% success rate at getting the...