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. Likewise, when a new television show or film is successful, a number of similar shows are bound to pop up using the same format and themes. When something appears popular, it seems you cannot escape from it! While we may not always think about there being trends in the cigar and pipe tobacco smoking world, they are certainly there.
Shapes and Sizes of Cigars
One of the biggest trends we can see for cigars is that of the shape. The optimum shape for cigars can certainly be seen to change with the times, as certain shapes and sizes rise and fall in popularity. For example, during the early 1900’s, the perfecto, a cigar with rounded ends and a bulge in the middle, was the most common shape for cigars to be rolled in and smoked, suggesting it was considered to be the best at that time.
By the 1920s, corona’s were all the rage and remained popular for several decades. Corona’s are still considered to be a classic and are used as benchmark size, from which all other cigars are measured, revealing the impact their popularity has had. As the Second World War came and went though, Churchill cigar sizes grew in popularity, boosted by their cigar smoking namesake, Winston Churchill. By the sixties, the cigars got longer and thinner, with cigar shapes such as the Lonsdale, Panatela and Lancero seeing increased sales. In the seventies and eighties, it was all about the Torpedo, a cigar that has a pointed head, closed foot and bulges out in the centre.
As we entered the nineties, bigger was certainly better when it came to cigars, with 60 ring gauge cigars becoming more and more common. Nowadays, there is more variety and choice available in terms of cigar size than ever before, meaning that cigar size trends are less obvious, however the chunkier sized Robusto remains incredibly popular, especially in America. You can find out more about cigar shapes and sizes in our guide.
Shapes and Sizes of Pipes
Pipes have also seen trends in terms of size and shape. In the past, especially in the early days of pipe smoking, pipes were made predominantly with straight stems and smaller bowls. This was due to the resources and tools available at the time. The stems were straight, as it was far easier to drill a hole through a straight pipe. The bowl of the pipe was also smaller, as the high prices for tobacco meant that not much was used for each smoke. As tobacco became more available and pipe-making skills increased, larger and more inventively shaped pipes came to be, with more ornate designs popping up in the 19th century. From the 1950s onwards, bent or curved pipes were the most popular, and remain the preferred shape today. The shape and size of your pipe’s bowl can also have an impact on how your smoke tastes; click here to find out more!
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