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04 November 2013

Paychecks are for Pipes
 Newsletter Introduction for Monday, November 4, 2013

"Nope, not gonna do it. Might as well put that finger away, Mark... not gonna pull it." (notices subscribers, smiles in an overly broad manner) Good evening folks, may I join you in a smoke? Over the past few years the privations of having sold 97% of my personal pipe collection have taken their toll, but the sense of deprivation has been especially acute working in an environment that's (pretty much) universally populated with pipe nuts. Well, "’tis better to light a candle than curse the dark" and, with the arrival of my third paycheck, I set my sights on rebuilding my collection. Okay, short term, 'rebuilding' might be a tad ambitious, but owning enough briars to allow every soldier to rest at least four days between smokes is attainable, if I can keep the outlay to one smart purchase per check, starting with this one.

Estates are always a logical choice, but the ones that really speak to me (not literally, Thorazine has helped a ton with that) also seem to appeal to many others. Then it hit me: "Duca Carlo". Ducas were a tremendous value, sold like proverbial hotcakes, and had a great, dark style. Then I found out something most of you are already aware of; Savinelli has discontinued the Duca Carlo line. Just before a primordial wail of anguish could escape my lips, Seth held up a pipe and suggested, "Check out Rossi!" Eric nodded, and held up one that was currently burning one of his continuously on-going tobacco experiments. Rossi? After digging a bit, it turns out that a great deal of the Duca spirit continues in the Rossi, heck even the Duca Rubino lives on in the Rossi Rubino. It's also the opinion, of more than a few here, that the Rossi briar is slightly better than the late Duca Carlos. Well, I love their t-shirts (having nicked a couple when everyone's back was turned), and while a good-looking t-shirt does not a great product make (anyone own an ABBA t-shirt?!), what I had seen on our site, combined with two recommendations in five seconds, convinced me to hit the Rossi page harder than an early 90's Mike Tyson.

Factoring budget, and the required practicality associated with a work pipe (either at least half bent to hold in the jaw, a straight/quarter bent with a weight less than 40 grams {for the same reason} or a sitter), I narrowed it down to either the Rossi Salerno '8310', the Messina '8616', or the Salerno '8315'. (Vulcanite stem and less than 37 grams!) All have very nice balance, as well as sound drilling and draft hole placement. Come to think of it, October was one of the months where our pay cycled three times. Do you think that buying two would be pushing it? Nope, me neither

Pipe by Tom Eltang, Photography by

Neal Yarm "Exotics" pipe stands are simply perfect for that avid pipe smoker in your family who's accumulated quite a collection over the years, with a few standout pieces they're just hankering to show off. Composed of a variance of exotic hardwoods, spalted woods, and burl woods, they will probably want to display these beautifully handcrafted, stylish pieces just as much as the pipes themselves.

Tom Eltang. ehem Tom Eltang. Today's update features a total of 10, with quite a helping of tall Pokers, sporting Tom's famous stacked ring rustication and his equally notable smooth editions, bathed in 360 degrees of distinctly lovely crossgrain and birdseye. On a side note, one piece that must be mentioned is the Smooth 'Arne Jacobsen' sitter, a pipe that almost sent Bear into cardiac arrest, as well the rest of us when he opened the box and let out a giddy, banshee-like scream of satisfaction. This week's Rinaldo selection would also look particularly handsome hanging from a rack, or just as good hanging from your jaw, as brothers Elo and Guido present us with a trinity of divinely sculpted pieces, including the darkly finished, sterling silver plated Egea Collection Billiard.

Radice makes a strong appearance with 12 pipes, beginning the list with pieces that truly exude the rich, natural vibrancy of autumn, and then finish with three of their last "generation" Xmas 2013 Apples. Rossi is making a substantial appearance tonight, with a total of 24 pipes in this week's update. Also ‘fresh’ to the site are 12 classic Stanwells, 8 dapper Butz-Choquins, 12 masculine Vauens, as well as Peterson and Savinelli, with three dozen pipes per brand. As a final note of great interest (at least to us), beginning at noon tomorrow, EST, you will be able to chat online with a customer service specialist. Fear not, no 'pop-ups', just a friendly button on the bottom right of the page.

Bear Graves: Media & Content Specialist

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