Although purchasing a tobacco pipe might seem like a simple task, this process is actually a bit more complex than you might think. Regardless of which type of pipe you’re interested in, there are variety of factors that go into finding the perfect one. Walk into any pipe shop, and you’ll immediately be faced with an abundance of questions. Feeling overwhelmed? Not to worry, we have all the answers you need.
When it comes down to it, estate pipes are great for beginners and will provide you with exactly what you’re looking for. These pipes are pre-owned, and most likely have been broken in. Choosing the best one for you ultimately comes down to three categories: Aesthetics, Mechanical and Price. Your first pipe might be the pipe you stick with for the rest of your life, so it’s important you’re knowledgeable when making a selection. We’re breaking down all three categories in order to make this a simple and exciting process for you!
More likely than not, you won’t know what you like until you walk into the store. Purchasing a pipe is a personal experience, one that I don’t recommend doing for someone other than yourself. Think about what kind of person you are, what kind of look your sport and then pick your pipe accordingly. If you’re into being over the top then a larger, more extravagant pipe might be the perfect choice for you. And if you’re a more subtle person, something a bit more sophisticated would work for you. The best way to know for sure is to head on into the store, stand in the mirror and check yourself out. It may seem silly, but it’s no different than trying on a really sleek coat. If you look good, chances are you’ll feel good and who can argue with that.
Making sure you’re pipe is in great shape is key. Before making a final decision, it’s important to inspect your pipe. When inspecting your pipe there are many factors to keep in mind. First and foremost, the weight. You want to be comfortable smoking your pipe so it’s best to find one that won’t weigh you down. Next, be aware of fillers that may have been used to fix holes or pits in the pipe. Although the putty used is not harmful and will not impact the ability to smoke, over time it may change the shape of the pipe. It’s also crucial that you’re aware of where the draft hole is located. It should be as close as possible to the center of the bowl and should align perfectly with the airhole, creating a smooth airway for the smoke stream. Once you have the perfect pipe, you’re free to buy the tobacco of your choice, and the accessories that best suit your needs.
The truth is, when it comes to the price of your pipe it’s all about personal preference. Although pipes can range in price, there is really no such thing as a cheap pipe or an expensive pipe. Whether you pay $20 or $75, it’s all about how well the pipe smokes. Find the right pipe for you, and smoke happy!