Though I have smoked a pipe since I was 16, I must confess that I have never smoked, much less owned a Nose-warmer. That changed a few nights ago, when my pal Jeremy (customer service) and his wife, Renee, had me over for dinner, and for an after dinner smoke, he offered me the use of a Castello Nose-warmer. I wasn't amazed at the excellent quality of the smoke (it was a Castello, after all), but just how damned good a pipe this short and stocky felt in the hand, and the amiable affinity I was experiencing with a shape style that I had always avoided.
Live, learn, and love this Rattray's 'Chubby Jackey' in the terracotta finish! The dark bengal, while hardly a contrast stand-out, is sinfully rich, and there's a goodly amount of cross and birdseye on the bowl.
--R. 'Bear' Graves