Don’t get me wrong – I love pipes from Italy, Denmark, Japan and elsewhere. Some of my favorite tobaccos come from Europe. But I really prefer domestic products whenever possible. We’ve made an internal commitment to work hard in 2015 to promote and support American-made products as much as possible, and you’ll see this in evidence as the year goes on.
Obviously, since my Hearth & Home brand is an American line of tobaccos, we’ve been committed to that concept for some time, but I think back to when I first started to smoke a pipe and I can remember a number of different of US-made brands that have gone away, and others that used to be very strong that aren’t doing quite as well. We know that most of our customers would prefer to buy American if the price is fair and the quality is top-notch, so we’re working hard to help the existing brands and to bring new ones to market.
I’m really excited about two new lines of pipes that we will be offering you very soon, and both of them are made in the US. I can’t give too many specifics just yet, but I’ll let you in on a couple of details. The first line will have a familiar name, and these are some big, beautiful pipes. In using the somewhat vague Dunhill sizing system, these would all fall into the group 6 to ODA range. There will be multiple finishes, and they have a classic look. If you compare them to similar products from outside our country, they’re going to be one heck of a value.
The second line will be also attractively priced, great-looking and will have modern engineering leading to a more free-breathing pipe. Best of all, we can have a hand in what shapes will be made, so we can add more to the line as we get feedback from our customers. I just saw pictures of the early production, and I can tell you that I’m really excited about them. I’ll be buying one as soon as they arrive (and, yes, I have to pay for one…no freebees), and since I’ve smoked pipes made by the manufacturer before, I anticipate a great pipe for a decent price.
Does this mean that we won’t bring you new and interesting products from other countries? Absolutely not, but we see a lot of opportunities to find and help create new products that are made here which should help us avoid frequent out-of-stock situations. Keep looking, because a lot of cool stuff is on its way.