No kidding! I have a few pipes I picked up in the past year that just don't do it for me anymore since I started clenching more. One, an OMS Cherrywood poker, is a great smoker, but the stem and button are so thick that it feels like a toy in my mouth. Just like with goldilocks and the porridge, too thin isn't great, and neither is too thick. There's a "just right" that will guide my pipe purchases in the future.This is where it is at!!!!!
I owned a Dunhill that was 6 1/2 inches with a tiny button. Worthless hunk of wood and plastic.
I own some Comoy’s that are the 7 1/2 inches and the button work is just right
I think it cools a smoke but not in any miricale way.I think it is a myth that a long shank does contribute to a noticeable cooler smoke. But I could imagine that it does have some advantages considering moisture, since there is more space for the moisture to spread instead of collecting at one spot, which may lead to the infamous gurgling. But all this is speculation and maybe more important: The Canadian is a great looking, classic shape.