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Pipe Smoking Among Young Men

January 1, 2014

Pipe Smoking Among Young Men

Talk to anyone loafing at the local Pipe Shop and before long the conversation will turn to the increasing popularity of pipe smoking; particularly among the 30 and under crowd.  You might see them pulling their new Churchwardens, Bulldogs and Billiards out of the cigar box they use to tote their pipe, pipe lighters, tobacco & pipe cleaners.  I know that at the local pipe shop and tobacconist I patronize there are a good group of seminary students & 20ish guys that come in regularly to buy pipe tobacco or just hang out and enjoy the conversation.

So, what is it about pipe smoking that the younger crowd finds so appealing amidst the staunch “anti-tobacco” sentiment that is so prevalent in our culture today?  Of course, no one can answer for everyone althoughI have noticed what I believe are some of the main reasons why this past time has become so popular.

It’s a Manly Practice

With the rising appeal of all things “manly” (i.e. “The Art of Manliness” aka AoM, Gentlemint, etc.) it is evident that Pipe Smoking is a practice that helps younger guys identify with their masculine side.  Pipe smoking is similar to pocket knives, leather boots and shaving in that it seems to help solidify the masculine persona within a young man who is in the process of setting the course of their life and habits.

There is an Immediate Community

There is a camaraderie among pipe smokers; both online as well as in person.  As I mentioned above most pipe shops have a smoking area with ashtrays, pipe lighters, leather chairs and usually a few loafers hanging out.  Pipe smoking gives the young man access to other men; young & old, who share a common interest.  What is particularly beneficial about pipe smoking for young guys is that they are often sitting next to men who are older and have a wealth of experience in life and career.  The chances are very good that they can strike up a conversation with doctors, judges, missionaries, accountants, fathers and grandfathers.  The local pipe shop community is a gathering place of men from all walks of life who are willing to share from their own experience.

It is Contemplative

When I light up my Peterson and watch the smoke lazily waft out of the bowl it helps me to relax and allows my mind to drift to the things in life that are most important.  The simple acts of packing, lighting, relighting and smoking involve my hands and before long the concerns that occupied my mind prior to lighting seem to dissipate.  It is makes it easy to pray for my family and friends and to easily talk to God in a uncomplicated, conversational way.

There are many pipe smoking quotes, too numerous to list all of them here, but it is well documented by men of standing about the relaxing and contemplative nature of pipe smoking.  In parting I thought I would share a few of them with you.

“If you want to get hold of a man’s deepest confidence, tell him to smoke in your drawing-room. I don’t know how it is, but there seems no trouble in which a man can’t smoke. One who scorns extraneous comfort of every other sort, will yet, in the profoundest sorrow, take kindly to his pipe. This is more wonderful than anything I know about our kind.” -Ethelwyn in The Vicar’s Daughter by George MacDonald (1824-1905)

“A pipe in the mouth makes it clear that there has been no mistake–you are undoubtedly a man.” -A. A. Milne

“When you pray with this pipe, you pray for everything in the universe, and everything in the universe prays with you.” -Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglalas

“I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” Albert Einstein


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College Football and Pipe Smoking

October 24, 2013

Pipe Smoking and college football

Crisp Autumn weather,
college football on the tube (or IPAD) and yes…a bowl of smooth
pipe tobacco; can it get much better than this? As I sit here
watching SEC Football, my two good dogs are sitting with me on the
porch and I’m enjoying one if my favorite non-aro’s; Oxford Flake.
Oxford Flake is has a very similar texture and flavor to Peterson’s
University Flake.

Whether you’re a Big 10, Big 12, PAC 12, ACC or the Almighty SEC fan, lighting your briar while cheering for your favorite college football team is a perfect way to pass a lazy
Saturday or even Thursday evening.

Here’s are some of the supplies
you need:
1. A good football game to watch (or two to flip back and
2. A relaxing beverage
3. Your favorite pipe
4. A tobacco
that is smooth and slow burning.
5. One of your reliable pipe lighters
6. Three hours with nothing else to do. 7. A good friend to enjoy the
game with you.

What a great way to relax.



To Bleed or Not To Bleed

October 1, 2013

To Bleed or Not to Bleed; That Is The Pipe Lighter Question?

Some pipe smokers suggest that one must ALWAYS bleed their pipe lighter between refills, while others say bleeding is unnecessary. The thought behind bleeding is that air is captured in the fuel tank of the lighter and must be expelled for the lighter to perform properly. This is done by taking a very small screw driver (the size of the one that comes with an eyeglass repair kit) or the poker from your czech tool and pressing it into the fuel valve until all of the remaining butane and air is released. You can tell when the lighter no longer “hisses”.

The “no-bleeders” say this step is not needed since all fuel and air (if any) is released during the lighting process over time, and when the lighter no longer lights due to an empty fuel tank, you just refill.

Actually, the best way I suggest is to bleed once your pipe lighter no longer lights just to make sure the fuel tank is empty. It only takes a second or two and then you know all the air is out.

One of the most important step is using triple refined butane or higher as this will keep the fuel nozzle cleaner and enable you pipe lighter to operate better.

Either way, don’t stress over it, just pack, tamp & light.


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Xikar Pipe Lighters

August 1, 2013

Xikar Pipe Lighters

If you are looking for the American spirit to be found in pipe lighters not only within the USA but abroad as well, then you want a company that not only makes their own lighters but designs them and started that business right on the soil. Those pipe lighters would be Xikar lighters and they are increasingly more popular when it comes to style and functionality for a good pipe lighter.

With over 30 different designs and styles including:

  • Axia
  • Element
  • Stingray
  • Ellipse
  • Enigma
  • Scribe

And those are just a few of the names and styles you will find with Xikar lighters. So what would you like to see and not see in your pipe lighters? Besides a lighter that does the job of lighting your pipe without destroying it you want something that is practical and stylish. The Xikar lighters haven’t been around that long, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The prices ranges depending on the model and style go from the low $30 range and as high as $200, with the majority around the $50 range. Now that’s a plus, you can get a good pipe lighter without having to sacrifice money to do so.


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Xikar Resource Pipe Lighter

January 9, 2013
Angled Candle FlameStainless steel tamper, poker and knifeLightweight & elegant

Universal filling valve

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