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Filtered Pipes: Savinelli balsa system

Filtered Pipes: Savinelli balsa system

Posted by Matt Vandenburgh on 29th Dec 2020

For the uninitiated, tobacco pipes can be smoked with or without filters. These filters are the source of major debates between pipe smokers. Some love them and use them religiously, others will never touch them. For you, it will all depend on what your experience is and if you enjoyed it and want t …
​ What Makes Cohiba Black a Top-Rated Cigar?

​ What Makes Cohiba Black a Top-Rated Cigar?

Posted by Jack Rather on 29th Dec 2020

Cigars come in a vast array of flavors, shapes, sizes, and strengths—from milder smokes ideal for beginners all the way up to robust, hearty smokes for the discerning cigar aficionado. But among all the fine cigars on the market, there are a few that stand out even among their venerable company.The …
Are you collecting Peterson Pipes?

Are you collecting Peterson Pipes?

Posted by Jack Rather on 28th Dec 2020

With over 150 years worth of choices, adding to your collection of Peterson pipes can be an exercise in analysis paralysis. The current portfolio is enough to keep you sorting through choices for months. Add estate considerations and, although not really infinite, the choices begin to feel that way. …
The ​Five Zippo Inserts for Your Lighter

The ​Five Zippo Inserts for Your Lighter

Posted by Matt Vandenburgh on 23rd Dec 2020

Zippo has been the number one name in lighters pretty much since George G. Blaisdell developed the first of their lighters in the early 1930’s.According to popular stories, Blaisdell decided to make an attempt at improving lighters based on the design of Austrian lighters that were popular at the ti …
Dunhill Pipes and Accessories

Dunhill Pipes and Accessories

Posted by Matt Vandenburgh on 17th Dec 2020

There is a famous story that in 1921, the Prince of Wales was out hunting and had lost some of his pipes. His search for the pipes made it to the newspapers in London and did not specify the brand of pipe, but had a description of them. It turns out that a manufacturer’s name was not needed, since h …
Cigars 101: How to Light a Cigar

Cigars 101: How to Light a Cigar

Posted by Jack Rather on 3rd Oct 2020

Cigars make an excellent accompaniment to a good glass of whisky, brandy, and even rum. The smoky flavors complement each other well and the whole process of smoking one is like a ritual.When it comes to cigars, however, it's important to maintain a little patience during the lighting process. …
​ Cigar Humidors: Everything You Need to Know

​ Cigar Humidors: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Jack Rather on 29th Sep 2020

Cigars elevate smokers to a sophisticated level of a few as only 4.5% of smokers in the US smoke cigars. Before you venture into smoking cigars, you need to treat the whole process with respect.One thing you'll need to learn about is proper cigar storage, which means understanding what a humido …
10 Benefits of Using a Clear Lighter

10 Benefits of Using a Clear Lighter

Posted by Jack Rather on 20th Aug 2020

How many times has your lighter run out at the worst possible moment?A person's lighter can tell you a lot about them. The more stylized, the more serious the smoker. When it comes to cigars, everything is about style and quality. The same can be said for lighters. Clear lighters come with a wealt …
MAKER SPOTLIGHT: JOHN KELLER of JWK 2366 CUSTOM COBS

MAKER SPOTLIGHT: JOHN KELLER of JWK 2366 CUSTOM COBS

Posted by Terry Williams on 13th Aug 2020

John Keller is a vibrant and genial pipemaker with a beard to make Tolkien’s dwarves glower with envy. The 5th generation Lakeland, Florida native would prefer to take my call with a pipe on his back patio, but the heat of Central Florida in August is “just a little too toasty.” So, he talks to …