When Pipes Meet Cigars

Many pipe smokers enjoy the occasional cigar, and I know of a number of cigar smokers who have a bowl of tobacco from time to time. We tend to think of them as very different things, but there’s a lot more overlap between them than one might think. There have been a bunch of pipe […]

An Old Tobacco Finds the Spotlight

There haven’t been new types of tobaccos on the pipe side of the business for a while. I don’t mean that there haven’t been new blends. I’m referring to types of leaf that go into the blends. The last one that comes to mind was the development of the main component of McClelland’s Royal Cajun […]

The Only Constant is Change

In a little over a week I’ll mark 10 years with Pipes and Cigars, and around 38 since I first worked as a tobacconist. In the span of nearly 40 years, I’ve seen great pipe brands wither and become shadows of their former selves, or disappear entirely. I would venture a guess and say that […]

There Are No Absolutes

Pipe smoking as a pastime is much more of an art than anything else. What I mean is that with something like mathematics, there are certainties, at least in practical everyday use.  Two plus two is four, and always will be. But in pipe smoking, very little, if anything, is universal. Why is this? The […]

Info and Review – What the Heck is Semois?

If you’re a pipe enthusiast, you may have heard of Semois. An article was written about it in the New York Times, and it has only recently been imported into the US. We now have access to it on www.pipesandcigars.com, so I thought that I’d give you a little info about this intriguing tobacco. Semois […]

How Do You Cut?

There are so many ways to cut a cigar, and each one has its advantages. Let’s take a look at the different types of cutters and what they do best. Guillotines- This category includes single guillotines (uncommon today), double guillotines and “butterfly” style cutters. The biggest advantage to these types of cutter is that they […]

It’s a Matter of Taste

We frequently get calls from our customers inquiring as to whether a particular blend has been changed because, to that person, it doesn’t taste right anymore. This may have happened to you, so let’s look at that phenomenon. First of all, sometimes blends do change. The manufacturer may not be able to get the same […]

The Perfect Pipe

If I were to describe the perfect pipe, it would be light as a feather, have a super-comfortable stem, would stay lit for 5 minutes without puffing on it, would always smoke cool and dry, would be visually stunning and would cost about $15. Of course, this animal doesn’t exist. And frankly, the perfect pipe […]

About Vulcanite Stems

Very few things in life are perfect. Bacon is wonderful, but if you go just a little past the ideal level of crisp, you wind up with burnt bacon. Life is full of these “close, but not perfect” things. Some things that fall into this category are vulcanite (ebonite, hard rubber) stems. They offer a […]

For the Beginner – Part 2, Choosing a Tobacco

One of the biggest questions a new pipe smoker has to deal with is what kind of tobacco to choose. The variety of pipe tobaccos is amazing. Virtually any type of flavor is out there, but the taste isn’t the only thing you should consider. I’ll outline the major categories for you, and I’ll rate […]