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How to Build Cake in a New Tobacco Pipe

When discussing pipes, the word ‘cake’ no longer means a delicious baked good, but rather refers to the process of building up a layer of carbon on the inner walls of your pipe’s chamber! Cake, in this context, is the black layer on the inside of tobacco pipes, however, achieving the perfect cake is not […]

How to Light and Relight a Tobacco Pipe

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Whether you’re smoking a cigar, cigarette or tobacco pipe, the lighting stage is essential and can have a great impact on the burn, taste and enjoyment of your smoke. Pipes are perhaps the hardest of the three to light accurately, so once you have packed your pipe with tobacco, it is important to carefully introduce […]

Do You Need to Use a Filter With a Pipe?

Something you may not have considered when purchasing a new tobacco pipe is whether or not you will use a filter when you smoke it. There are a number of pros and cons for smoking with or without a filter, and this guide should help you decide what is right for you and your pipe. […]

The Complete Guide to Tobacco Pipes

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Getting started with pipe smoking may be a little overwhelming if you know little about your new hobby. Smoking a tobacco pipe is a very enjoyable experience, and many pipe smokers love collecting a variety of pipes, from the simple to the more intricately designed! To help you get started on your pipe smoking journey, […]

Trends in the Size of Cigars and Pipes

Cigars of different sizes

For most areas of our lives, the things we enjoy come in and out of fashion, from clothes to music styles, to the food we eat. Two years ago, when Nigella Lawson revealed her ‘recipe’ for mashed avocado on toast, it wasn’t long before the avocado toast trend was rife in the millennial brunching scene. […]

How Does the Shape of Your Pipes Bowl Affect the Smoke?

A man lighting a pipe with a match

While many things have an impact on the tastes we get from our pipe, such as how fast we puff on it, how much tobacco we pack in and what we use to light it, the actual geometry of our pipe also plays a strong role in creating the flavours we receive. We take a […]

A Guide to the Smoking Jacket

Once upon a time, smoking jackets were worn every night after a dinner while enjoying a puff on a quality stogie. While such jackets are rarely used nowadays, we take a look at the history behind these iconic garments, and why they were so popular in the past.

A Gentleman’s Christmas: Best Pipes for Christmas

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Christmas lights are starting to brighten up the dark skies, and our hats and scarves are out for good; the festive period has officially begun! In this chilly weather there isn’t much we enjoy more than cosying up by the fire with our favourite pipe, so why not gift one to your favourite people? You […]

Famous Pipe-Smoking Authors

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When we think of classic authors we imagine them at a typewriter, looking like a fine, scholarly gentleman; perhaps one who is smoking a pipe whilst gazing off deep in thought. The link between pipe-smoking and literature is one that has introduced many a pipe-lover to the hobby; both through the desire to obtain that […]