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Real NameJean-Pierre REN
Joined2008-12
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I started smoking pipe the second year I started smoking. Quite amazing to find that the pipe tobacco is the most cost-saving solution to enjoy the best quality of tobacco. However the smoking device it self will cost you a fortune should you ever try to develop pipe smoking as a hobby. Any way, it is less costy than cigar toys.

I often class goods into 2 categories: daily goods and lux. I define the two as follows:

Daily goods is the one that you need for everyday life, for example, cloths, water, food, etc. Such things will not cost a fortune if you just want to live with;

Lux goods is the one that you can still live without but will be wonderful having this around, among lux goods are smoking pipes, wines, etc. Such goods will cost you a fortune.

Here comes another comparison: cigarettes, cigars and pipes.
Cigarettes is too addictive so if you smoke it, it became daily goods, so if you are a cigarette smoker, you would probably not care about the quality you smoke. However, cigars and pipes are something you really want to enjoy and even it costs you a fortune, you won't mind because you will enjoy the process.

Traditional classic:

The English brands are superb, among such brands are Dunhill, James Upshall, Comoy... you name it! Good smoking devices feature vulcanate stem.

Freehand:

The Danish handmade is the best that interpretes good smoking quality and the master of art. However, there exists some violant ones (The ones that the mouthpiece and the shank are not smoothly connected, aka military mount). Good pipes feature vulcanate stem.

Italian ones:

somewhere between classic and freehand, because the classics are not as good interpreted as the English ones, and the freehands are not so violant as the Danish. However, Italian pipes feature acrylic stem which I do not like so much.

Badges

Neutralist Has rated between 50% to 80% of their reviews with 2 or 3 stars.

Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2009-06-22 Esoterica Tobacciana - Stonehaven 215 ★★★★ 3.6
2011-12-08 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Golden Sliced (Red Tin) 481 ★★★★ 3.3
2011-12-12 Rattray - Hal O' the Wynd (British Collection) 267 ★★★★ 3.4
2011-12-08 Robert McConnell - Black Parrot 37 ★★★☆ 2.9

Reviews

25 reviews
28 helpful votes
4 star:
10 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
7 Recommended
2 star:
6 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
2 Not Recommended

Preferences: Perique 3.6, Virginia 3.6, Black Cavendish 3.4, Latakia 3.3, Oriental/Turkish 3.0

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2011-12-13 Cornell & Diehl - Billy Budd (Melville At Sea) 139 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2011-12-12 Rattray - Hal O' the Wynd (British Collection) 267 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2011-12-12 Samuel Gawith - Navy Flake 163 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2011-12-12 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 601 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2011-12-12 Rattray - Marlin Flake (British Collection) 273 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2011-12-12 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Balkan Mixture 115 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2011-12-11 Esoterica Tobacciana - Pembroke 100 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2011-12-08 McClelland - Frog Morton Across the Pond (Craftsbury Series) 154 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2011-12-08 Robert McConnell - Black Parrot 37 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2011-12-08 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Golden Sliced (Red Tin) 481 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2011-12-07 Mac Baren - Presbyterian Mixture 296 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2009-06-22 G. L. Pease - Blackpoint (Classic Collection) 90 0 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-06-22 McClelland - Frog Morton on the Bayou (Craftsbury Series) 184 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2009-06-22 McClelland - Frog Morton (Craftsbury Series) 371 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2009-06-22 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake (No. 403) 298 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-06-22 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 443 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-06-22 Esoterica Tobacciana - Stonehaven 215 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2009-06-22 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 462 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-06-22 Von Eicken - Springwater Exotic Cut 18 0 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.8
2009-06-22 Peterson - My Mixture 965 609 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2009-01-18 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Flake 388 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2008-12-28 Cornell & Diehl - Cross Eyed Cricket 54 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2008-12-14 Thomas Radford - Sunday's Fantasy 71 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2008-12-14 Radfords - Classic Port 3 1 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 1.7
2008-12-14 Mac Baren - Original Choice 128 4 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8