| One of the nicest things you can get the RYO smoker on your gift list is a
pipe. Not just any pipe mind you, but one that is conducive to smoking cigarette tobacco
and of course, pipe tobacco as well. The characteristics of such cigarette tobacco pipes
are pretty uniform. They need to be small with a shallow, wide bowl and a wide stem. The
wide, shallow bowl makes the pipe easy to light with a cigarette lighter and easy to burn
small amounts of tobacco. The wide stem is more comfortable for the occasional smoker as a
narrower stem puts added pressure on the teeth and can actually make your mouth sore.
There are a number of pipes that fit this description and we will show you some of them
here. The ones at left are available in many tobacco shops including Cascade Cigar (www.cascadecigar.com). They range from $5-$20
there, come in mix and match display boxes and are of surprisingly good quality. Now
Cascade is a professional pipe shop and has a huge inventory of very expensive, top
quality pipes with professional sales staff to match. Nonetheless, they are aware of the
trend for cigarette smokers and offer some real deals for the occasional puffer. The
Tattoo pipe from Music City
Marketing is an innovative Dutch design that is beginning to attract attention.
Contact Music City by clicking on their link above to find out who the retailers of this
Calabresi makes several small pipes that fit the bill and are available at Carey's Smoke Shop (www.smokecheap.com) and they cost even less and are of equal or better quality.
Our favorites (price and quality considered) come from HJ Bailey ( http://www.hjbailey.com )but you will have to visit their site and email them for dealers that carry them as Bailey is a wholesale only outfit. The ideal Bailey pipe shown at left should cost in the range of $30 or less and is a top grade smoking tool for both the cigarette tobacco or pipe tobacco smoker. These are truly outstanding bargains and compare in quality with pipes costing 3 or 4 times as much.
For a short smoke, nothing beats a small pipe, and good tobacco even when inhaled, tastes surprisingly mild in them. Many folks are finding the method preferrable to injecting or rolling cigarettes and one usually finds that the amount of tobacco one goes through to be reduced and the frequency of lighting up likewise less. Also you can smoke more heady tobaccos like Gauloises, Drum, Jester, or Bull Snit and inhale with less dizziness (as long as you don't take too big of a hit, of course) and the aroma is truly outstanding without being as sickly sweet as many pipe tobaccos. Got a five minute break and want a quick smoke, well here is your answer.
There are also some ornamental pipes at Music City Marketing that we have found to be quite entertaining, beautiful and functional. The URL is: (www.musiccitymarketing.com) and you should contact them to find retailers in your area or online who have these. While not cheap, these are definitely impressive gifts for their $40 price. The meerschaum pipe at right is a bit more than the standard carved briar but is gorgeous.
The new Tisch Hill Pipe will soon be available. Let us know if you are interested in this revolutionary new design by clicking here. We think you will be amazed at how nicely it treats your favorite pipe tobaccos and your face as well. Also soon to be available is the Morgan-Tisch line of glass tobacco pipes, which take the decorative glass blown art to a new level. These pipes are as beautiful as they are practical. No "carbs", no hookas, no "bongs", these are true tobacco pipes that are identical in every way to fine briar in function, design, and usage, but we think they are a definite improvement on an age old smoking tool. Click here for more information on this beautiful pipe
There are many hundreds of tobacco/cigar/pipe shops in the US and while many have some very expensive offerings for the connoisuer, most have reasonably priced ones as well. Remember shallow, wide bowl and wide stem for the occasional smoker. And one last hint though, there may not be enough time for receiving product before the holidays. There is a great meerschaum pipe maker at www.whitepipe.com that bears taking a look at as well as a large selection of pipes at Lighters Galore (www.pipeshop.com). Retailers should also take note that Music City Marketing (www.musiccitymarketing.com ) has an outstanding selection of really superb briar pipes that cover the spectrum of price and design. Of special note is their Butz-Choquin Private Label Collection.
|EDITOR'S NOTE: These reviews are solely for the convenience of people of legal age who already smoke, are trying to cut down on smoking, wish to spend less money on their smoking, want to roll their own cigarettes from high quality tobacco, and, in general, wish to have a far more satisfying, and economical smoking experience when compared with smoking pre-manufactured cigarettes. We, in no way, encourage people to smoke. Further, we prescribe to a sane, more logical approach to smoking that involves common sense as to quantity coupled with a strong desire to manage the habit until it becomes an occasional, freely chosen, diversion, that can be fully enjoyed with minimal health risks. Finally, we strongly encourage those who do smoke to take it outdoors, or to appropriate environments where tobacco can be enjoyed away from those who do not smoke, most especially children. We do not sell tobacco or related products from this site; We distribute information about our perceptions of the quality of what is available and where it can be obtained. If you are under 18, it is illegal to buy tobacco and you should immediately exit this site. If you do not smoke, it would seem illogical to start.|
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