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  1. jorgesoler

    What Kind of Pipe Smoker are You?

    When I meet people older than me who have been smoking pipes for ages and they tell that they are still learning, or that every day they learn something new, that pipe-smoking is sort of an art or a subject no one can ever master, etc., I honestly cannot believe my ears. And you guys know why...
  2. jorgesoler

    What Kind of Pipe Smoker are You?

    I am flattered you remember :)
  3. jorgesoler

    What Kind of Pipe Smoker are You?

    To sum everything up, I'd say there are only two kinds of pipe smokers. On the one hand, you get the usual ones who have no clue about all the different components in a blend and only follow the hype. I call these "posers." In this category will fall all of those who are always seeking approval...
  4. jorgesoler

    My Nephew Is Mesmerized By His Box of Cereals When He Has His Breakfast, But He Is Only A Kid.

    What I am trying to say is that the true master blender is you yourself if you know what you like. Like I said, back in the time the tobacconist only followed instructions from the customers when it all came down to blending tobacco.
  5. jorgesoler

    My Nephew Is Mesmerized By His Box of Cereals When He Has His Breakfast, But He Is Only A Kid.

    This is because you're mixing tobacco that has already been processed with a topping. Back in the day, the tobacco blender was only following instructions from the customers, the true master blenders of the time. Most of us are more reliant on the expertise of professional blenders such as Mark...
  6. jorgesoler

    My Nephew Is Mesmerized By His Box of Cereals When He Has His Breakfast, But He Is Only A Kid.

    The video is in French, but proves my point. Sherlock Holmes walks into the shop and asks the lady if she is sure about the blend, to which thing she replies "yes I do, only 4 people are listed using this blend." She then goes on to describe all the tobacco ingredients and explain she is quite...
  7. jorgesoler

    My Nephew Is Mesmerized By His Box of Cereals When He Has His Breakfast, But He Is Only A Kid.

    Many pipe smokers don't know about it, but when it all started back in the time, most customers only smoked their own blends based on their own personal taste and specifications. This is how most of the Dunhill blends became popular with their given names. Alfred Dunhill had a book where he...
  8. jorgesoler

    My Nephew Is Mesmerized By His Box of Cereals When He Has His Breakfast, But He Is Only A Kid.

    I began making my own blends because sometimes I find something in the market that I like, but not in the ratios they sell it to you. For example, a blend with perhaps too much virginia but not burley. Not that you do not like it, but most of the times I end up thinking "well, this blend would...
  9. jorgesoler

    My Nephew Is Mesmerized By His Box of Cereals When He Has His Breakfast, But He Is Only A Kid.

    Yes, I do the same, but most pipe smokers do not seem to understand bulk, and they refuse to buy it.
  10. jorgesoler

    My Nephew Is Mesmerized By His Box of Cereals When He Has His Breakfast, But He Is Only A Kid.

    Most pipe smokers refuse to make their own blends because bulk tobacco does not appeal to them. The same happens when you do your shopping and you have to make a decision between the cheaper and unbranded option (say a box of paracetamol) and a colorful box that comes with exactly the same...
  11. jorgesoler

    Daughters and Ryan Blend Availability

    Two Timer Gold is out of stock but still being shown in the list if you go to SP. I am not 100% sure, but it might not have been discontinued after all. I personally like the Two Timer standard version more, but I'd be devastated if that was the case.
  12. jorgesoler

    I Only Like Crappy Pipes

    You are bold, I will give you that :D
  13. jorgesoler

    I Only Like Crappy Pipes

    Kudos to that :)
  14. jorgesoler

    Help: Kaywoodie Triangle Shank #8782

    I am really sorry I can't help you, but I am digging that pipe :)
  15. jorgesoler

    I Only Like Crappy Pipes

    I am not entirely sure who you talkin' about :)
  16. jorgesoler

    I Only Like Crappy Pipes

    I believe in simplicity, beauty, and balance. The problem with the avant-garde artists is their ego. By definition, a classic design cannot be improved, but you will always find them striving just to add their own twist to it. I personally could not care less what they, as individuals, have to...
  17. jorgesoler

    Mr Balandis Pipes??

    Not true. They are cheap because of the laws of demand.
  18. jorgesoler

    I Only Like Crappy Pipes

    I still remember drolling over those Peterson pipes in my late teens. I was only a student at the time and could not afford to pay that kind of money for a pipe, so I daydreamed a lot, and daydream I did. Back then I was only hoping one day will come when I was wealthy enough to afford one for...
  19. jorgesoler

    On How the Danish Will Destroy Everything We Hold Dear

    It goes before, not after.