I still have, love and smoke my first pipe! It’s a Savinelli venezia 506. I got it when I was about 18, the local shop held it for me for a week or so while I saved a paycheck. Unfortunately that shop is long gone but I still cherish and smoke that pipe at least once a week!
Still have mine. It's named Toscana, got it new as a gift and at that time the only thing important to me was to have a pipe. It's famous for issues with overheating. The same model is still selling for around 20 bucks. If it wasn't my first I would have thrown it away but the more abuse it gets the better it smokes. :D
Ha, hell no! Bought 5 MM cobs to learn with (had zero help). Burned those bad boys up! First briar after not destroying a cob was a cheap $25.00 Aldo Velani, tasted so bad it went in the trash! I envy you guys who still have their first pipe
Yes, my paternal grandfathers Willard. Was given to me by my aunt about 2 years ago. When she passed away this April, I took a paper bag with about 6 other old pipes.
Grandpa passed in 1968, and, as is the Italian "custom", we sent him on his way with his most current pipe, a small old leather tobacco pouch, pipe cleaners and his ever-present tooth picks, and a bunch of other sundry items.
I usually smoke the Willard first thing in the morning while I walk my dog. I think he'd be pleased since I was named after him....