Sherlock Holmes as a Pipe Smoker – Book Review


I was recently sent a copy of a new book, Sherlock Holmes as a Pipe Smoker, by its author Dr. Thomas Gwinner. Since Sherlockiana is one of my hobbies, I was intrigued by the subject as much has been made about the references to pipes, tobaccos, cigars and cigarettes in the Canon. What made this […]

Thoughts About Pipe Cleaners

pipe cleaner sampler

The most overlooked accessory for pipe smokers is the humble pipe cleaner. Some of us are so good at overlooking them that they rarely use one and then wonder why their pipe tastes nasty. Pipe cleaners are not only useful, but they’re surprisingly versatile as well. There are quite a few different types of pipe […]

Review – Rockwell Binge Pipe Tool

rockwell binge

Being part of the team has been one of the most interesting and satisfying experiences of my life. I started off managing the retail store that was the parent of P&C, started blending and then became dedicated to the website. Now, besides blending new tobaccos, I now do quite a bit of the copywriting […]

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 […]

Overview- Decatur products

4 pipe rest

When I first started selling pipes in my shop, Decatur was the best-known name in pipe furniture. They had a nice assortment of stands, racks, tobacco jars and cabinets, and they were pretty reasonably priced. Then with very little warning, Decatur was gone, and there weren’t many companies left to fill the void. A number […]

Lighter Maintenance

Regular maintenance on a lighter will not only improve the overall life of your lighter, but it will also allow you to make sure you are filling it to capacity each time. Another added benefit is an easy light each and every time you go to use it. Over time lighters build up gunk in […]

Decatur Pipe Stands

decatur rack

Decatur has been an interesting name in the pipe industry for quite some time, offering some of the most interesting pieces at some pretty amazing prices. They were off the market for quite some time, but now they’re back and in full force. Using different types of hard woods from South America the new and […]

Vertigo Hitman Lighter


                             I am a big fan of the NEW Vertigo Hitman Lighter.  This lighter is very unique with a telescoping head that makes lighting your pipe so much easier.  This action puts the flame right where you want it, close to your bowl but away from your fingers. The lighter has a longer body type […]