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Former's Pipe Tobacco

When Hans "Former" Nielsen's line of pipe tobacco came out, it was an instant curiosity. Of course, anyone who spent time learning about the world of tobacco pipes has come across the Former name at one point or another. Nielsen has been carving artfully made tobacco pipes since 1956, and his masterful use of briar has been appreciated ever since.

 

It is interesting to learn that it was chance that brought Nielsen into the tobacco pipe making world. At 15 years old, he was fresh out of school and was looking for work. Browsing the want ads, two caught his eye. His first choice was for a mechanic's position at a local workshop that repaired motorcycles. As he made his way to that job posting, Nielsen saw the long line of young men that were all seeking to fill that one position. Realizing it was a long shot, he turned and instead answered the other ad, repairing tobacco pipes at Suhrs Pibereparation, a pipe shop close to his home. The owners quickly hired Nielsen, and his path as a pipe maker was set.

 

As a child, Former's mother had him take music lessons. His piano education was highly influential, as it instilled a sense of freedom and creativity that he would use throughout his career.

 

For many years, Former's tobacco pipes were his primary source of renown and respect. However, he later launched this line of pipe tobacco to fit alongside his pipes. This tobacco has been well received as an excellent addition to his legacy and something that smokers can readily enjoy.

 

Former's Pipe Tobaccos are primarily Virginia based blends that feature top-notch leaves along with an attention to detail we've come to expect from Former's first for their superior smoking pipes. Most of the tobaccos in this series are named for Hans Nielsen's beloved briar grains.

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  • Former's Private Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Former's Private Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Tobacco Former's Private Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Front Former's Private Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Sealed Former's Private Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Unsealed

    Former's Private Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g

    Former’s Private Flake features a cornucopia of Virginias from around the world paired with a healthy dose of Burley for depth. The whole thing is cased with a “private” recipe of flavors -- from exotic fruits to vanilla. The result is...

    MSRP: $11.50
    $9.20
  • Former's Straight Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Former's Straight Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Tobacco Former's Straight Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Front Former's Straight Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Sealed Former's Straight Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Unsealed

    Former's Straight Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g

    Former’s Straight Grain Flake is much fuller strength than most of the other Former’s blends. This is achieved by using flue-cured Virginias and a good-sized portion of Perique. You’ll experience something different with every puff of...

    MSRP: $11.50
    $9.20
  • Former's Bird's Eye Flake Pipe Tobacco TIn - 50g Former's Bird's Eye Flake Pipe Tobacco TIn - 50g Tobacco Former's Bird's Eye Flake Pipe Tobacco TIn - 50g Front Former's Bird's Eye Flake Pipe Tobacco TIn - 50g Sealed Former's Bird's Eye Flake Pipe Tobacco TIn - 50g Unsealed

    Former's Bird's Eye Flake Pipe Tobacco TIn - 50g

    Former’s Bird’s Eye Flake is a blend of citrusy and sunny Virginias with enough Perique to give you a little spice and a nice kick. It’s a complex and slow burning Virginia/Perique blend that is sure to be a daily favorite for fans of...

    MSRP: $11.50
    $9.20
  • Former's Cross Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Former's Cross Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Tobacco Former's Cross Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Front Former's Cross Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Sealed Former's Cross Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g Unsealed

    Former's Cross Grain Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin - 50g

    Mostly Virginias, with just a hint of Perique to spike it a bit, Former’s Cross Grain Flake is a nice mellow smoke for those who love this type of blend. Named for a particular type of briar grain, the presentation of this Flake might make you...

    MSRP: $11.50
    $9.20
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