One of the oldest known habits of mankind, tobacco smoking has been around since at least Egyptian times, as there have been pipes found with mummies during archeological excavations. Many of today's pipes are still made in the much the same way as those of antiquity, and when you buy pipes, you are buying a tobacco smoking device that is a perfect marriage of appearance and utility. The functionality of the pipe is easy to understand and they are extremely easy to use. However, many people need to try many different types of pipes before they find the right one.
When a customer goes to buy pipes, whether from a local shop or from an online tobacco shop, they will usually begin with a wood pipe. The wood pipes are often inexpensive, have a fantastic draw, and will be available in a wide variety of colors, shapes and with different types of varnish and ornamentation. Meerschaum pipes are perhaps the second most popular choice for pipes, and this thin and lightweight mineral has been considered one of the best choices for cool temperature smoke. These pipes are well known due to the literary figure, Sherlock Holmes, who was devoted to his Meerschaum.
Clay pipes are also very popular, and are often very inexpensive to own as well. You can enjoy the advantages of ease of access and the cool smoke temperature of a clay pipe. However, one of the disadvantages may be in the fragility of the clay pipe. Typically, when you go to buy pipes, you may wish to consider the durability of the pipe in addition to its expense. This will help you assess the risk and make a good decision regarding your choice of pipe. Interestingly enough, many of the earliest types of pipes were those made of clay, and some archeological finds have discovered intact pipes among the digs' artifacts.
When you go to buy pipes, whether at a local store or online, you will also need to get the proper accessories to help you clean, tamp and maintain your pipe. This could include getting a cloth to help keep your pipe clean, a tamper to press down the tobacco in the bowl or something to carry or store the pipe in. You can find pipe stands, tobacco pouches, pipe bags, lighters and many, many more. However, only buy what you will actually use, and remember that pipes do need maintenance and care.