It's not my most expensive or best looking pipe by a longshot, however, it sure is the most reliable when it comes to delivering a good smoke. It was my first briar and has been smoked way more than any other pipe in my collection. This makes me wonder if the number of bowls smoked in a pipe could be a major factor in the depth of flavor that it delivers.
Savinelli Tortuga 673
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That a pipe smokes better the more that it is smoked supports the claims about old wood and old Britwood, which although unproven/unprovable continue to capture the fancies of pipe smokers.
There was a column about "Old Wood" lately that to me made absolutely no point other than the subjective and very general, and in my smoking I found no evidence for this.
But the two pipes I saved should I recommence are two I most smoked, not because the wood, being old, smoked better, but because they were dedicated to my favorite tobacco, 100 g of which I also saved.
But to be truthful, lingering at the edge of consciousness, I do fancy that these pipes qualify as old wood and suspect they smoke better, but this without a shred of verification in the smoke.