As someone who's smoked cigars for years and now have transitioned to pipe smoking maybe 2.5 years now. I have 5 pipes so far, 4 for non aromatic, mostly English and one corn pony for aromatics. I usually smoke non aros so atleast have a rotation going I guess and so far so good! I've met people with over 40 pipes as well but they still have that one pipe they use every day hahaI'm guessing most of us have way more pipes than we really need. This is for newer members who have heard many conflicting opinions as to how much use pipes can take. It is possible to have only 1 pipe that is in constant use. Frequent use of pipe cleaners is just about mandatory. Although I own North of forty pipes, I am sure I could survive with 3. This from a guy who goes through a 14 oz. tub of Carter Hall per month. I settled on 3 as I would want briar, cob and Meer. Those 3 would be a higher end briar billiard such as many of our resident artisans make. The cob would be a good size bowl such as a Country Gentleman. But I would most likely have one of our cob cobblers drill it to 7/8", replace the shank with some thing like maple, drilled 5/32" and vulcanite or acrylic stem. Last, but not the least, would be a good Meer billiard. In my experience, Altinok would be considered a starting point. Baki is a good choice also, but spendier. I would most likely smoke one for the whole day. Using pipe cleaners as needed. Then put it up and let it rest for 2 days and repeat with the next 2 pipes. Keep them swabbed out with pipe cleaners and clear bowl with wadded up paper towel. If possible let pipe return to ambient temperature before smoking it again. Make sure your puffing and loading techniques are solid so as to avoid smoking too hot and/or wet.. YMMV.
Would've loved first crack at those Pete's here...Here is what I just did . I found 9 older pipes in my basement in a shoe box . Some old Erhlichs and Pete’s and other London names . One from a now gone Nantucket pipe shop and stamped as such . I was not smoking them . I want to cull anyway as I am with other stuff so what to do ? I own mostly Dunhills ( about 20 ) . I could eBay those older pipes . But decided to send them off to SP for cash or credit . They accepted 7 . Great , no eBay pains . They were great . Gave me a value and a cash and credit value and I took the credit . I can get some tobacco for a while …. But wait … next week in the new purchase thread watch for a nice Estate Dunhill Chestnut Bent billiard! So that’s a cull . I did add some cash to the credit . Now I am eyeballing some of the Dunhills to maybe upgrade and reduce the numbers. I do not need 100 pipes ( I only bought 3 new Dunhills in my life from back in the late 70’s. The others were what I thought steals from eBay … so..) .
Awesome! Glad to have you here...I enjoy both pipe tobacco and cigars. I smoke my pipes about 5 times a week. I have a modest collection of around 20 pipes in my cigar room at home, and a handful at my rod & gun club. Mostly briars with a few cobs and Falcons mixed in.
I have only have two pretty crappy pipes as of recently, one being a john Brumfit bent bulldog and the other being a huck finn mm. The other better ones ( a savinelli 128 Roma rustic, a rattrays bulls and dogs 42 sandblast, 3 different stanwells and a Peterson Canadian) were ruined in an electrical fire a few months back. Adjusting has been tough.