Presbyterian - Ordained 50g
Ordered more after the first tin
I cracked a fresh tin for giggles, and liked it enough I ordered more. It’s mild. The citrus hits first before you get the traditional sweetness of the VA. I didn’t have to dry it, got through the first bowl with two relights, and the wife liked the room note. A nice, light choice for the first pipe of the day IMHO.
Gifts - Plateau Briar Pipe Kit Ebonite Stem-Bent
Great block, mediocre stem.
A great block as usual, but the stem on mine needed lots of work. The part lines are severe, the button is ugly, etc. Even though I generally prefer vulcanite, I’ll stick to the acrylic stemmed blocks.
Gifts - Plateau Briar Pipe Kit Acrylic Stem-Bent
Another excellent quality block from SP
I’ve made half a dozen of these now, and have yet to get a poor quality block from SP.
Tampers & Tools - Neerup Coffee Swirl Tamper with Pick
Really nice tamper
Nice acrylic, great shape, and includes a case which I didn’t expect. Nice work, Neerup!
Stands & Pouches - Grafton Pipe Cleaner Holder
Way nicer than I thought
I figured for the money it would look cheaper than the photos… I was wrong. This is a really nice product and a pleasing way to store a sleeve of pipe cleaners. It’s the size of a whole pack of BJ Long cleaners, if you need an idea of size.
Cutters & Accessories - Les Fines Lames Sheath for Le Petit Cigar Cutter Tan
Soft leather, nice stitching
Supple. Confirms to the cutter the moment you use it. Nice color dye and fits perfectly.
Cutters & Accessories - Les Fines Lames Le Petit Cigar Cutter Cognac Barrel
Beautiful. Cuts great.
I always enjoy Las Fines Lames cutters, and the Grande Champagne engraving on this one is really nice!
Stands & Pouches - Claudio Albieri Leather Cleaners Holder Tan
Well thought out
Stiff leather back, softer leather front to prevent pipe cleaners from poking through and scratching your pipes or CA pipe bag.
Stands & Pouches - Claudio Albieri Italian Leather Accessory Pouch Tan/Russet
Well made and fits my lighter and tamper like a glove!
Stands & Pouches - Claudio Albieri Origami Keychain Tan/Dark Brown
Really slick design!
Hold pipes well, make a nice surface to dry tobacco, folds up small.
Books - Pimo's Guide To Pipe Crafting at Home
Decent beginner level book
If you’re curious about pipemaking, and thinking about making your first, this will be a good book. If you’ve already made a few pipes, and are a skilled woodworker, this book probably isn’t what you’re after.
Gifts - Plateau Briar Pipe Kit Acrylic Stem-Straight
Another excellent block from SP
I’ve purchased several of these now and none have disappointed. Of the stem variety they carry, these are my favorite. A+. Will buy more.
Stands & Pouches - Claudio Albieri Italian Leather 4 Pipe Bag Tan/Chestnut
The stitching is perfect, the leather is incredibly supple, and the zippers are beefy. The second you unbox it the quality is readily apparent!
Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - B. J. Long Churchwarden Pipe Cleaners (32 pack)
Work as intended
Perfect fluff. Clears all my churchwardens with ease. No issues.
Gifts - Ebauchon Briar Pipe Kit Amber Acrylic Stem-Straight
A fun and easy project. Decent drilling.
Pack a bowl in your favorite patio pipe, grab a $10 Nicholson rasp and sandpaper from Home Depot, and have a fun project. 5-10 hours and you’ll have a piece in your collection that you’re proud of.
BriarWorks - Peach Cobbler 2oz
Really nice peach aro
If you like Taste of Summer, you’ll love this! Bonus points to Briarworks for using jars.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Kentucky
Beautiful cut. Top notch smoke.
One of the best string cuts I’ve ever seen. I bought it for blending, but it holds its own solo.
Tampers & Tools - Brigham Pipe Reamer
Tolerable, but I’ve used better
Not all buttner reamers are created equal. This one is middle of the road. Gets the job done, but not as cleanly as other buttner style reamers.
Lighters - Corona Lighter Flints (5 pack)
Cheap, nice packaging, perfect fit. No complaints.
Lighters - IM Corona Old Boy Red Smooth Briar
Hard to go wrong with IM Corona
All the IM Coronas are excellent, and the beautiful briar ones are no exception.
Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
Absolutely one of my favorite aros
I normally hate cherry aros, but this is a winner. Try to sit on your tins for a year after the manufacture date. They’re a bit waxy tasting when really fresh.
Tampers & Tools - 8deco Club Tamper Shimmering Purple
They could charge double and I’d still buy these :)
Filters & Adaptors - Adapter 9mm to 3mm Reducer
No complaints. Works as expected for a few bucks.
Books - The Peterson Pipe: The Story of Kapp & Peterson
Fascinating history lesson, I just wish it was hardcover. A must have for any Peterson enthusuasts.
Mac Baren - Vanilla Flake 1.75oz
One of my favorite vanilla aros
Burns great. Tastes great. No bite. Lovely flake. One of my staple vanillas.
Seattle Pipe Club - Hogshead 4oz
Worth buying, not hoarding.
Not disappointed here. I wouldn’t fill the cellar with it, but absolutely worth picking up a few tins. Decent now, but probably excellent in a few years.
Gifts - Plateau Briar Pipe Kit Amber Acrylic Stem-Straight
Not sure if mine resembles the average block quality, but the grain in it was absolutely outstanding! Stem fitment could be a touch better, but I’d give it 6 starts if I could. Best predrilled block I’ve ever ordered.
Stands & Pouches - Claudio Albieri 1-Pipe Leather Magnetic Stand Chestnut
Slick setup, different size options would be nice
Great magnet, cool idea, and fits *most* of my pipes well enough. What would make it perfect would be if it came in other shapes, sizes, or incorporated more of a bean bag filling. Claudio Albieri does such nice supply leather goods, a magnetic bean bag/pillow would be absolutely perfect.
Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Dunhill Pipe Wipe
Top notch cloth
Best one I’ve tried yet. I’m not sure what all magic sauce in impregnated in this cloth, but it leaves a great shine.
Stands & Pouches - Claudio Albieri Italian Leather Tobacco Pouch Deluxe Tan/Chestnut
Amazingly supple leather, perfect stitching, quality rubber lining. If it was 1” longer you could get pipe cleaners in the flap pocket, but still A+