To further illustrate the benefits of smaller bowl pipes, I want to describe my affair with the pipe pictured above, an H.I.S. (Hugo International Series) mini churchwarden, which comes from the Italian pipe maker Gardesana. I bought this pipe in December from Penn Valley Pipes, or Pipeshoppe.com. The site displayed a picture of the pipe and listed its dimensions:
I’m sure glad I didn’t.
As soon as I started breaking it in, I began to really appreciate the pipe. First, the profile is wonderful. It simply looks great with that gracefully curved stem. It is also super-light, making clenching it easy. It looks fantastic when I catch a glimpse of my profile shadow with it in my teeth.
Second, when I sip-puff, as I do with all blends, the smoke always lasts longer than I expect.
Third, I have come to love this pipe most especially with stout, higher nicotine blends that would be too much for me in a larger bowl. For example, Cornell & Diehl’s powerful burley blends — Haunted Bookshop, Pegasus, and Morley’s Best — are much more enjoyable in my mini-church than in larger pipes. (I suspect this will be true of Big ‘N’ Burley.)
I now like this pipe so much that I ordered another one from the line, a rusticated, less-bent pipe. I can’t wait to get it. Did I mention they are only about 30 bucks?
To repeat what I said before, don’t pass up small-bowl pipes by. They are light, easy to carry, and perfect for stronger tobaccos.