J. B. Deller
- Mar 17, 2023
Any thoughts on Richard Carleton Hacker’s various books? I have Rare Smoke and enjoy reading it.
Thanks. I’ll have to look for them. Do you still have that pipe? It must be a collectible now.His “The Christmas Pipe” and “The Ultimate Pipe Book” are, in my opinion, standards that should be in every pipesmoking reader’s library. While “TCP” is quite specialized, for anyone interested in these special-edition pipes, it’s invaluable. (“Rare Smoke,” which came later, consists of original content supplemented with a lot of content copied verbatim from “TUPB.”)
I worked at a Tinder Box when “TUPB” was released—and Hacker, who self-published, had a relationship with TB stores for distribution—so I’m partial to his books and his influence at that time. Unfortunately, he pretty much abandoned pipe writing once he decided to focus on luxury/lifestyle writing and a focus on cigars, spirits, etc.
Full disclosure: I was a proofreader at the time in my day job, and, disappointed with all the errors in the first edition of “TUPB,” I reached out to Hacker. He paid me (in a pipe and some tobacco!) to proofread the second edition.
I have heard of a RCH signature edition pipe. I’ve never seen one.I do! To be honest, Mr. Hacker was not all that generous! As I recall, the tobacco was a 4oz pouch of a TB aromatic. (Remember, I worked at a TB at the time.) And the pipe, which I very much enjoy—and which does hold great sentimental value—was a Sasieni Claret, essentially a second.
Ah. Definitely not what I received. But he was really just starting out as a pipe pundit at that time; a signature pipe would have been at least a few years in the future.I have heard of a RCH signature edition pipe. I’ve never seen one.
I have heard good things about Sasieni, from RCH’s Rare Smoke, of course. Knowing a couple of things now, I’m surprised he didn’t have much on collectible Savinelli pipes, from what I could tell.Ah. Definitely not what I received. But he was really just starting out as a pipe pundit at that time; a signature pipe would have been at least a few years in the future.
My chief problem with him is that he never says, "to the best of my knowledge" or "as far as I know". He states everything in absolutes.