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Real NameHarry Crane
Joined2006-12
Last Visited2018-01
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I was born in Lansing. I had no choice in the matter. Given my druthers I would have been born in East Lansing. You would think a College town would have a maternity ward, pregnancy being a cottage industry to education.

between then and now, a half century easy, I did the things huddled masses and wretched refuse do; just a'teeming and a'yearning all the live long day.

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Edit

I wrote this review when I was living in Oregon, and standing on a ridge above the Columbia Gorge smoking a pipe in the mist was damn near a spirtual experience.

Like any one who stays smoking a pipe, ok, like some of us, I got a bit carried away with the collecting part. I have more Dunhills than is necessary and I was taught a valueable lesson by purchasing my first Becker. I believed After around a hundred bucks, you were paying for beauty. Yeah, no. I have seven Beckers now, each one a masterpiece of balance, each one smokes better than any pipe I've owned (though I have a beat up ashton that magically turns VA/PERs into gold).

I just mean I have the collecting bug and I have culled from the collection pipes that were just pretty or taking up space. It's not a hobby anymore, not a competition, not a pleasent little habit; it's damn near a religious epiphany to pack fine tobacco into a work of art and be the vessel that takes fire and makes scented air of it.

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I have an eclectic collection ranging from family era Sasieni's and dunhills, to Castellos and Gepettos.Most have a sentimental meaning and value to me.

Marty Pulver once wrote to me "Never buy a pipe as an investment".

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Reviews

47 reviews
105 helpful votes
4 star:
27 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
15 Recommended
2 star:
4 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
1 Not Recommended

Preferences: Perique 3.7, Oriental/Turkish 3.7, Burley 3.7, Latakia 3.6, Virginia 3.6, Black Cavendish 3.5

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2018-01-17 Butera - Blended Flake (Royal Vintage) 30 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-07-23 Cascade Cigar & Tobbaco - Perfect Blend 3 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 2.7
2013-05-07 Hearth & Home - Magnum Opus (Marquee Series) 65 9 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2013-05-04 Solani - 763: White and Black 70 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2013-05-02 Cornell & Diehl - Billy Budd (Melville At Sea) 139 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2013-05-02 Cornell & Diehl - Tuggle Hall 21 14 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2013-04-29 Cornell & Diehl - Bow-Legged Bear 76 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2013-04-24 Cornell & Diehl - Night Train 84 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2013-04-15 Ashton - Artisan's Blend 201 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-02-27 Solani - 633: Virginia Flake with Perique 158 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2013-02-26 G. L. Pease - Fillmore (Fog City Selection) 152 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2013-02-25 McClelland - Frog Morton's Cellar (Craftsbury Series) 200 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2011-03-17 Butera - Kingfisher 83 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 2.9
2011-03-11 4noggins - Bald Headed Teacher 77 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2009-04-08 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake (No. 403) 291 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-04-03 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 436 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-03-20 McClelland - Blending Perique 49 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-03-19 Davidoff - Flake Medallions 149 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-03-16 Samuel Gawith - St. James Flake (Kendal Mayor's Collection) 193 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2009-03-13 Dunhill - Light Flake 110 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2009-03-08 Rattray - Marlin Flake (British Collection) 266 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-03-06 Lane Limited - Golden Cavendish Slices 12 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2009-02-11 Rich's - Old Fashioned 759 7 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.9
2009-01-20 Hearth & Home - Larry's Blend (Signature Series) 117 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-01-20 Hearth & Home - Ten to Midnight (Signature Series) 56 6 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2009-01-20 Hearth & Home - Capitol Stairs (Signature Series) 27 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2009-01-20 Rich's - WOZ 6 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-01-17 Solani - 660: Silver Flake 119 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2009-01-16 Solani - 656: Aged Burley Flake 257 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-12-21 Robert McConnell - Original Oriental 99 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-12-21 Reiner - Blend 71: Long Golden Flake 147 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2008-12-08 Samuel Gawith - Skiff Mixture 216 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-12-07 Hearth & Home - Anniversary Kake (Signature Series) 158 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-12-04 McClelland - Anniversary 1977-2010 69 5 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2007-11-15 Planta - Presbyterian Mixture 292 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2007-04-09 Samuel Gawith - Commonwealth Mixture 201 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2007-03-24 Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 436 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2007-03-09 Cornell & Diehl - Black Frigate 54 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2007-01-20 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 461 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2007-01-13 J. F. Germain & Son - Germain's Special Latakia Flake 96 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2007-01-06 Dan Tobacco - Midnight Ride (American History Mixtures) 72 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2007-01-06 Peterson - Nightcap 653 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2006-12-29 Mac Baren - Navy Flake 323 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2006-12-29 McClelland - No. 5100 Red Cake 191 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2006-12-29 Rattray - Hal O' the Wynd (British Collection) 261 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2006-12-29 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 586 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2006-12-12 Mac Baren - Virginia Flake 110 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.5