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How to Make a Smoking Pipe

M aking your own smoking pipe is not an easy task, especially if you want the result to be more than just a block of wood with a stem sticking out of it. However, if you possess some patience and practice some determination you may be surprised at just how capable you are of producing your own practical smoking instrument. We sincerely wish that all pipe smokers were inclined to make a pipe of their own, even if only for the sheer pleasure of trying. Now that we’ve begged you, we’ll tell you how!


There are manly men who can make smoking pipes using only sandpaper and hand tools, and then there are the rest of us. Having some larger machinery including a lathe, a bandsaw, a drill press, and a benchtop disc sander makes the process shorter and infinitely easier. We speak from experience as we’ve tried both methods with much greater success in the latter. Though power tools are fun to use and make jobs like drilling the draught hole and chamber, shaping the stummel, and crafting the stem much easier tasks, its obvious that most fledgling pipe makers won’t have one or more of these tools at their disposal at the onset. There’s no reason to start worrying, however. You can make a perfectly capable smoking pipe using tools that most of us already own, or could obtain for a relatively small investment; a hand drill, dremel/rotary tool, and a good set of files and rasps will get you rollin’. You can shape a pipe from start to near finish with good files and rasps, (although it will test those burly arms of yours) and polish it off with some sandpaper. Once you’ve mastered the basics, understand the general concepts of pipe making, and gotten a few pipes under your belt, then it’ll be time to start thinking about investing in tools that will significantly speed up the process and help you create a higher grade smoking instrument. Until then, don’t be discouraged by lackluster results… the David wasn’t Michelangelo’s first sculpture.


Acquiring the right materials is very important. Fabricating a pipe out of pinewood and Play-Doh would be quite cost-effective, but otherwise regrettable. Our pipe-kits come with the best quality Italian briar (from Mimmo himself), and a perfectly shaped and drilled acrylic stem. Here’s a basic description of these 2 essential pipe materials:


Pipes can be made from corncob, meerschaum, olive wood, cherry wood, strawberry wood, ancient morta, clay, and perhaps other materials as well, but briar is considered to be the ultimate material for making pipes. Briar is a type of wood harvested from erica arborea, or “heath tree”, and it’s prized in pipe making for its very high heat tolerance, respiration, hardness, and beautiful grain. It is as expensive as wood goes, mainly because until a heath tree is approximately 40 years old its briar is not considered to be ready for harvesting. Once harvested, the briar must be boiled and dried to remove sap and moisture, but the process is long and must be carefully controlled to prevent the briar blocks from drying too quickly, which can result in splits or fissures in the wood. Briar can be cut two different ways, and each way yields a unique looking block. The more affordable “Ebauchons” are briar blocks that have been cut across the grain, while the pricier “plateaus” are cut with the grain and maintains the craggy outer surface of the briar burl. We carry both an ebauchon and a plateau pipe-kit.

The most commonly used stems by fledgling pipe makers are injection-molded stems that can fit just about any pipe style. They are usually made of ebonite (also called vulcanite), which is a specially treated rubber with a high sulfur content. They can also be made from black or colorful acrylics. Each type has their pros and cons. Ebonite is softer and a bit more comfortable if you grip it in your teeth, but it shows teeth marks more easily and will yellow over time. Acrylic stems are harder, but don’t scratch as easily and won’t fade or change color. Either way, these stems usually need some TLC before they are truly finished, but that’s easier than cutting, shaping, and drilling your own stem from raw ebonite or acrylic rods, which is your other option. Our acrylic pipe-kit stems come polished, with the draught hole trumpeted at the bit end, and their tenons already turned, faced and fitting perfectly into the pre-drilled mortise (no frustration required). If you purchase pre-formed stems elsewhere expect rough edges, a wide, un-turned tenon, and no trumpeting of the draught hole. You’ll have to do all that work yourself.

Preliminary Design and Mechanics

Once you have selected the piece of briar and stem that you will use for your pipe, it’s time to start drilling. Our pipe kits all come pre-drilled to perfection and are ready to be shaped, but here is the process for those with the tooling to do it from scratch. Precision is key here, as a hole drilled at the wrong angle, in the wrong place, or of the wrong diameter can ruin the function of the pipe. Make sure to draw all the holes you will be drilling (draught, mortise chamber) onto the side of the briar block so you can use them as a guide. Getting the sizes, lengths, and angles on there will remove a lot of guesswork. When you’re ready, use a vice to hold the briar block steady as you line up to drill. Whether you are using a drill press or a hand drill, a vice is a must. You’ll want to drill the holes in the following order:

The Draught Hole

The draught hole is pretty important. It’s the channel through which that tasty smoke gets to your mouth, after all. What makes it difficult to get right is that its usually pretty long (and you can’t see through briar to check if it’s straight). If your drilling starts off askew from the lines you’ve drawn on the block, the error will be magnified at the end, so make sure to take your time with this (or just buy a pre-drilled pipe-kit!). It should be drilled with a long, skinny bit. Something in the range of 5/32” or 4mm is about right. Waxing the bit with hard carnauba wax before drilling can help prevent burning the interior of the channel. To make sure you don’t drill the draught hole to far, measure the length of the draught hole line (say it’s 3″). Now mark 3″ up on your drill bit and you’ll know when to stop drilling.

The Mortise and Tenon

Since a good marriage between the mortise and tenon is essential for a good smoker, these are best worked on together. The mortise should be drilled in the same diameter and length as the tenon to avoid creating gaps where moisture will accumulate while smoking. This can be fairly simply accomplished using an appropriately sized forester bit and a drill press or hand drill. You can turn your tenon using either a lathe or a special tenon-turning tool attached to your drill press or a hand drill. Lathes are big and expensive, and using the tenon-turning tool gave us nightmares, but unfortunately there aren’t many other options out there. Popular diameters for the mortise are 9/32” and 5/16”, so turn your tenon accordingly, checking the fit constantly (tight, but not too tight being the idea fit).

The Chamber

The chamber is a tough one, since the bottom of your chamber should be conical or round, not square as would be achieved with a Forstner bit. There are specially made bits for drilling tobacco chambers ranging in price from a few dollars to $100+, but the cheap ones will do for your first few pipes! If you have bench grinder you can round off the edges of cheap spade bit, or just pick up a pre-rounded spade bit from one of several sources online. 3/4” is the most popular size for tobacco chambers, but for larger pipes, you may choose to go with 7/8”. Use your chamber drawing as a guide and drill slowly but surely, checking for signs of the draft hole often the deeper you go. Once you’ve drilled deep enough that the entire diameter of the draught hole is barely visible, stop! You’re done!

The Fun Part… Mostly

Getting the mechanics just right or even mostly right can be quite frustrating. That’s why most fledgling pipe makers are quite happy to move on to the more creative and rewarding parts like shaping and staining (our pipe-kits allow you to start your pipe making journey right at this step!). These steps are not without their sand-traps however. Just wait until you sand the sides of the bowl down to far and can see light filtering in through a hole in the side of your chamber. Or, when you think you did a great job finish sanding only to find out your pipe is a scratched up mess after you’ve done the final buffing. Don’t worry, we’ve got the directions you need and some tips to help you avoid some rookie mistakes.


Shaping is fun… really fun. This is when the vision of you pipe (however good or bad it was) starts to become reality. How easy this task is accomplished once again depends upon the tools at your disposal. I’ll break it down this way…

You have a:

Metal lathe

Awesome! Almost all the pros make a good deal of their pipes this way. Shaping will be limited to shapes that have congruent sides (i.e. billiards, princes, etc.), but in theory this method produces the most consistent pipes. With a metal lathe you can also opt to shape before you drill although we don’t recommend you try this until you’ve got some experience. For more on “shaping before drilling” check out the Pipe Maker’s Forum.

Disc or belt sander

You can create any pipe shape you want! Every professional pipe maker has one (or a few) of these and most of the great Danish pipe makers use disc sanders exclusively for shaping. You will want to get sanding discs of various grits (think 60 to 180 grit), and work your way up as your pipe shape becomes more defined.

Dremel or rotary tool

Shaping a pipe from start to finish is definitely doable with a dremel tool. It’s going to be a longer road and you’ll need much more patience, but it can be done… we’ve done it. You can get the little barrel shaped sanding discs in various grits so you can shave off more or less wood depending on what shaping stage you’re at. If you go with a Dremel, stick to a more simple, tried-and-true shape like a billiard, apple. Anything much more complex would be pushing the limits in our opinion.

Files and rasps

These technically can get the job done, but that’s really pushing it. If all you had to work with was files and rasps it would take quite a long time to finish and the end product wouldn’t look as polished. Regardless, files and rasps are essential additions to any one of the shaping methods/tools above. They are necessary for getting in and removing briar from tight spaces that would otherwise be nearly impossible with just the above tools.

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Sanding, Sanding, and More Sanding

Only move on to this step until you have your shape completely defined using one of the above shaping methods. If you get ants in your pants and move on to early, thinking you can remove a lot of the remaining unwanted briar with sand paper, you will realize that you were stupid. At this point, buckle in, put some music on and get ready to sand your fingerprints away. Ok, we’re being dramatic, but this is both a tedious and extremely important stage. Starting with 120 grit sandpaper, you are going to be sanding every nook and cranny of your pipe. Then move onto 220, 320, 500, and finally (if you want it to be literally as smooth as a baby’s bottom) 600 grit. Trust us, if you don’t sand diligently with every grit, you WILL be surprised at how many scratches are left after the final buffing that you could not see while sanding. If that isn’t that important to you, than no worries.


Pre and Final Staining

The pipe makers stain of choice is Fiebings leather dye. It comes in a variety of colors and if none of those suit your fancy, you can mix them to your heart’s content. It is readily available at Fiebings own website. All it takes to apply the dye is a pipe cleaner.

Pre-staining is optional, but does lead to a finished pipe with greater grain contrast. It involves staining the whole pipe in black, or a darker dye color, and then sanding it away, with the highest grit you finished sanding at, until only the stain deeply absorbed into the grain remains.

Whether you pre-stain or not, final staining comes next. It is quick and simple. Using a pipe cleaner, stain the whole pipe with your desired color, working quickly so you don’t get a blotchy finish. One coat usually does the trick, but if you want a darker finish go for a second. Oh, and our friend Wayne Teipen would be disappointed with us if we didn’t stress the fact that you should never stain your chamber! Just stick a cork in the chamber (no joke) before you begin and then stain away. Let the pipe dry to the touch (about 10 minutes if it’s not very humid) before continuing.


Ahhhhh you’re almost there. Now ideally you would have a benchtop buffing setup for this. We use a bench grinder with the guards and grinding stones removed, replaced with muslin and flannel buffing wheels. If you don’t have this setup, you can get miniature buffing wheels for your Dremel/rotary tool.

You’ll want to get yourself some red or brown tripoli compound and carnauba wax. Get your buffing wheels spinning and hold the tripoli compound up to the muslin wheel for just a couple of seconds to apply it to the wheel. Bring your pipe up to the wheel (steady now) and begin to buff the whole pipe. Make sure you have a firm grip on the pipe and don’t push it into the wheel too aggressively or it will rip it out of your hands and bounce it all over your shop (as Phil can attest to MANY times). Tripoli compound is actually a very very fine abrasive that removes teeny tiny scratches from the surface of the pipe.

Finally, repeat on the flannel wheel with the carnauba wax. This is when your work will really start to shine and your diligent sanding proved, because if your pipe still has scratches, this is when they will show up. But, we know you’ve done a flawless job!

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An Ode to the Humble Joint, the Best Way to Get Stoned

Last week, we asked our readers to vote on the best way to get high. We created a March Madness-style bracket with 32 ways to ingest weed—everything from suppositories to bongs—and we have a winner.

Bongs are fun, dabbing is a wild ride, vaping is classy and scentless, and weed capsules are the future. But nothing could beat the iconic joint.

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As somebody who enjoys weed on occasion, I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. This is further evidence for my theory that VICE has the smartest readers of all the websites.

There’s something comforting about the warm feeling in your lungs right after you hit a J. Unlike spliffs, which people who don’t smoke cigarettes tend to detest, you can share a joint with whomstever. Unlike blunts, there is no thick taste of flavored cigar papers. (Something I kinda enjoy, but I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.) A bowl has to be constantly repacked. Bongs are big and imposing and intimidating to non-stoners. Also, there’s no graceful way to take a bong hit. You can look sexy while hitting a J, or you can have a disaster of a coughing fit. The joint is beautiful in its versatility.

The joint, unlike the edible, does not give you an anxiety-filled couple hours of wondering if you took too much or not enough. Take a hit and the high hits you immediately—you know what you’re getting as soon as you smoke it—and maybe it’s my millennial attention span, but the instant results are a key reason the joint reigns supreme over edibles.

Unlike dabbing, which also involves an incredible amount of work and expensive materials, joints can get you high without getting you too high. But then again, everyone has a different experience. A friend of mine recently told me, “A joint is like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat and that’s what I like about it.”

You can roll a small joint for the Stoner’s Nightcap™ (trademarked by me, right now), or a big, fat J for a group hang. If you’re one of those extremely fancy rolling experts you can turn joints into flowers or crosses or airplanes or Starbucks cups or a fish or a giraffe or a shark. If you are 17 and looking to impress, you can roll a joint out of a Bible page because you think it’s edgy.

But most of us are happy to roll simple joints that require no introduction, even to the absolute weed newbie. A teenager can smoke a joint; so can a grandmother. You can smoke one walking down the street and toss it on the ground and leave no trace beyond a smell.

“You can smoke a whole joint and still have a hit or two for later,” VICE staff writer Emerson Rosenthal said when I asked people to talk about joints to me. “Also, it’s a great way for regularly useless people to suddenly become invaluable. If you can roll a really great joint, you’re in the crew. I know friendless people who have made friends through their ability to roll a joint.”

Vapes and increasingly outlandish types of edibles are growing in popularity, and by the time you finish reading this there will likely be a new way to get high, some new crystalline compound with a slightly purer percentage of THC, but the joint, an undeniably analogue method, is still number one. The joint is beautiful in its unpretentiousness—all you need to make one is some paper and some bud.

According to one of VICE’s resident weed experts (and Noisey social media editor), Trey Smith, a joint is “one of the most convenient and easy-to-share methods of consuming weed. You learn more about the weed you smoke through a joint than probably any other smoking medium. It’s got everything, folks. Congrats to weed in general for all it’s accomplished over the years.”

“Spliff should’ve won, but joint is the next worthiest winner so congrats to joint,” Smith added. Even weed experts can be wrong.

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Is Smoking Resin Bad for You? Everything You Need to Know About Marijuana Resin

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When times are tough, stoners with an empty stash would do almost anything to get high, even if it isn’t healthy. Some people turn to smoking weed resin to make the most out of their cannabis! But does pipe resin really get you high? And is smoking resin bad for you?

If you’ve never smoked weed resin before, we’ve got you covered! Let’s talk about some basic information about resin so you can make your own informed choices.

We’ll also show you different tips to collect and smoke resin along with a few useful ways to pass a drug test in a day.

What’s In Your Weed Resin?

Marijuana plants are coated with organic resin containing terpenes and THC cannabinoids. Whenever you smoke a pipe or a bong, the sticky trichomes on your bud gradually build up inside your smoking paraphernalia.

The heat produces a sticky icky mix of tar, carbon, ash, and residual THC oils – it’s basically the stubborn black stuff that gunks up your glass or metal pipes.

How Do You Collect Weed Resin?

To get started, you need a used pipe or bong from your stoner arsenal – pick the ones that need a good amount of cleaning. Your goal is to gather as much of the tar on the surface of your pipe so you can get really blazed.

Here are a few tricks to make the process a whole lot easier for you:

  • Scrape – Scraping is the simplest way to collect resin from the insides of your pipe; use a flexible paperclip for extra reach!
  • Heat – Use heat to melt the resinous substance from your pipes and bongs, then use a multi-tool, a toothpick, or a paperclip to scrape the tar.
  • Water – If you leave your pipe in hot water overnight, the resin should be soft enough for you to scrape and dry the next day.

How Do You Smoke Weed Resin?

If you’re determined to smoke weed resin and try it for yourself, we’re here to give you advice on how to do it safely. You want to use something that delivers a smooth hit while filtering out the nasty stuff along the way.

Here are several tried-and-tested ways to smoke resin at home:

  • Dab – If you own a dab rig, this technique gives you the benefits of vaporizing and filtration for a nice, clean hit.
  • Vape – Use a vaporizer with a chamber for concentrates, then soak it in Isopropyl alcohol or salt to clean it after each use.
  • Bong – Water filtration is the smartest way to smoke reclaim, especially since it won’t taste good in a dry pipe.
  • Pipe – If you only have a pipe, use a pipe screen and load your bowl with the resin. Then light it up and inhale a small amount per hit.
  • Joint – Trying to make a joint with resin is never a good idea, especially since it’s sticky, moist, and slow-burning compared to bud.

What’s It Like To Smoke Resin?

Cannabis can be part of a healthy lifestyle, but you can reverse its beneficial effects if you smoke it the wrong way. Although staying away from resin should be your go-to option, there’s no shame in trying it once or twice if you really have to.

But if you think using resin will get you as high as cannabis flower, think again! Since pipe resin contains such small amounts of THC, you have to smoke more to get significantly stoned. Unfortunately, the highs are short-lived, the smoke is harsh on your throat, and the aftertaste will make you cough like crazy.

Not having anything to smoke may seem like the end of the world, and you have every right to smoke resin if you really want to. Weed resin is probably worth a try if you have no options left, but remember that the unwanted side effects can be a total buzzkill!

Are There Alternatives To Smoking Resin?

Many people use weed resin as a latch ditch effort to get high when they can’t buy any weed. Some people even use it to save money or extend their stash.

You’ll find loads of online forums talking about getting high off resin, and we don’t doubt that it’s true. But are there healthier ways to get high without your regular supply?

Let’s face it – resin has such a low THC content that smoking resin might not be worth the trouble or the risk. So, if you want to do what’s best for your body, you’re better off making butter from stems and baking cookies instead.

The worst case scenario is going on a smoking hiatus – a little tolerance break could do you some good! Taking a few days off your habit can make your next high more enjoyable.

Is Smoking Weed Resin Bad For You?

Yes, smoking resin tastes pretty awful and it’s one of the worst ways to get high. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. If you still need some convincing, science proves that it can be harmful to your health!

According to a published 2014 study, smoking marijuana could damage your lungs, especially if you’re also a tobacco smoker. Imagine how much worse it is to smoke the byproduct of burnt weed, complete with cancer-causing carcinogens.

You might not notice anything wrong the first time around, especially if you smoke just a little bit. Smoking resin for several years is the easiest way to put yourself at risk of long-term respiratory problems like wheezing, coughing, and spitting up phlegm.

How Do I Pass A Drug Test After Smoking Resin?

In case you need to get clean in less than a week, you can pass a drug test quickly by using special drug testing products. Thanks to some new brands, you can easily buy fake pee and detox kits with a few clicks on a website!

With the right product, you can make sure all the THC is flushed out of your system in time for any test.


Sometimes, dry days can leave some of us feeling desperate enough to smoke anything, including resin. But why get lit at the cost of your health?

Whatever you choose to do is entirely up to you, but don’t make it a habit! Now that you know the truth about smoking resin, you can keep calm and make healthier decisions the next time you run out of weed.

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Weed Too Strong? 11 Ways to Stop Being High

Overindulged in some edibles? Smoked a strain that was way more potent than you expected? Maybe the pot took longer to kick in and you’ve got stuff to do.

No worries. There are things you can do to cut the buzz so you come down faster.

We’ve rounded up some of the more popular strategies for coming down. If one doesn’t seem to work, don’t hesitate to try another. These aren’t an exact science, and reactions can vary from person to person.

This is easier said than done when you’ve overindulged. But a little R&R really will help tame the buzz. And trust us: You’re not dying. Really.

Find a quiet place to sit or lie back and try to relax. Breathing exercises or listening to music can help you chill. If you do decide to go for some music, consider something you know all the words to, and sing along. This can help you stay grounded in the present moment.

Eventually, the buzz will fade to a feeling of relaxation or even drowsiness. Go with it and let yourself fall asleep. Even a quick cat nap will do you good.

It seems counterintuitive, but according to Leafly, people use CBD to counteract the effects of too much THC.

Like THC, CBD is a type of cannabinoid found in cannabis. But unlike THC, which causes the high, CBD interacts with different receptors in your brain. Researchers don’t know exactly how yet, but several animal and human studies have shown benefits of CBD for different forms of anxiety.

Bonus: CBD helps some folks fall asleep. This can come in handy if you’re greening out.

No, this doesn’t mean knocking back a few brews. Stick to water and other nonalcoholic drinks.

Drinking water before, during, and after any kind of drug use is always a good approach. It can be particularly helpful when it comes to marijuana, which tends to leave you with dry mouth. It’s also an easy activity that gives you something to focus on.

According to the internet and Neil Young, a taste or whiff or two of black pepper helps combat the paranoia and anxiety that a major high can bring on.

Just grab a container of black pepper and sniff, being sure not to inhale it. You can also pop two or three whole peppercorns in your mouth and chew on them.

It sounds too good to be true, but there’s actually some science behind it. Caryophyllene, a compound in peppercorn, is a potent selective CB2 antagonist. It increases the sedating effects of THC, which could calm you down.

Find yourself one toke over the line and frantic to stop being high? These tips can help you come back down to earth.


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This ash catcher not only looks great but also packs in the features. The most noticeable are the 6 diffused arms that allow the ash catcher to catch most of the tar before it reaches your bong which means less cleaning is required. The ornate bowl is removable allowing the user to use any 18.8mm bowl in their collection.

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Best Tobacco Pipes – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

By Steven Johnson | Last Updated: October 23, 2020

Whether you’re new to pipe smoking or a seasoned aficionado, we created this buyer’s guide to help you find the best tobacco pipe for your budget, lifestyle, and sensibilities. Enjoy!

Best Tobacco Pipes in the world in November 2020

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1. Savinelli Italian Tobacco Smoking Pipes – Best in Style

The Savinelli billiard style Italian Smoking Pipe is one of the best in class for those who love briar wood pipes with skilled artisan looks. The Savinelli brand has been around since 1876, so they know what they’re doing when it comes to building a superior pipe. This pipe has a lovely look to it and feels good in your hand with a straight Billiard shape that lets you go hands-free.

Savinelli is synonymous with Milan, Italy, so you can feel that hand-carved craftsmanship when you hold it in your hand or look at it in the light. It’s truly a beautiful pipe that looks more expensive than it really is.

This pipe has a royal blue color and is in the Arcobaleno series, which means Rainbow in Italian. There are three finishes in this series, including green and smooth seal brown. The best thing about this pipe is how it pulls and gives you that air of rich briar for those first few puffs. The smoke is consistent and smooth with each take.

In addition, the price isn’t so bad for the quality of the pipe. You can really see the craftsmanship in the fine lines and color of this pipe. It even has the perfect bowl depth and height. This pipe is also a conversation starter, so be prepared to get lots of compliments.

    Beautiful handcrafted pipe Italian-made Comes with box and extra filters
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2. 4th Generation – Beautiful Handcrafted Briar Pipe

The Danish company 4th Generation has been in the business of making unique tobacco pipes for many years. This 1897 style is crafted in the same shape as their original vintage pipes. Made from briar wood, this pipe has a tan finish that gives off a classic look.

Unlike other pipes, the 4th Generation is made to rest in your mouth. It’s easy to puff away and get a good pull just from holding the stem in your lips. However, the whole pipe isn’t made from wood. The black and brown contrast nicely, however.

We were expecting a lower price for a no-fuss type of pipe, but this is all-natural wood. You can smell and taste the briar within the first few pulls. We also liked how durable the pipe was. Even though it was dropped, it showed no signs of wear. This pipe comes with a protective sock and box.

    Very durable Consistent smoke Made from natural Briar wood Has a great vintage look
    More expensive than most wood pipes

3. Mr. Brog – Best Smoking Pipes For The Money

Mr. Brog is known for making top-quality handmade tobacco pipes, and the brand’s Full Bent Smoking Tobacco Pipe is no exception.

The handsome full bent pipe is made of quality Mediterranean briarwood.

Each handmade pipe features a classic full bent shape and is finished in carnauba wax and a natural coating. Its gorgeous shape, however, is the real selling point. Aside from looking great, its shape provides an amazingly cool smoke.

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    Handsome good looks Excellent design Quality handmade construction Great finish Smooth, cool draw
    A little more heft would be nice

4. Scotte Lobular Ebony – Best Tobacco Pipe Set

Looking for an inexpensive tobacco pipe set complete with pipe, stand, cleaning materials, and storage bag? If so, the Scotte Lobular Ebony Tobacco Pipe may be for you.

As far as the pipe is concerned, not only does it have a beautiful ebony finish, but it’s also heat resistant and features a premium German filter, leading to a nice draw and a smooth smoke.

    Complete pipe set Looks good and smokes well Great value Perfect for beginners Best tobacco pipe under $50
    Not cheap ’cause you buy not only pipe Poorly written instructions

5. Small Shiny – Best Portable Tobacco Pipe

Many tobacco pipes are small enough to put in your pocket and take with you to enjoy a pleasurable smoke while out and about and on the go. However, the fragile nature of corn cob pipes and the awkward shape of full bent pipes make them difficult to transport and ideal for at-home use. This isn’t the case with the Small Shiny Tobacco Pipe which you can easily buy online.

In addition to featuring a simple, streamlined shape, it’s only three inches in length from bowl to tip, making it one of the most portable tobacco pipes on the market today.

Despite its portable size, however, it features a deep metal bowl. This allows you to pack plenty of tobacco and enjoy a nice long smoke. It also has small holes on the bottom of the bowl, so there’s no need for a screen, and the blacktip can be pulled off for cleaning.

On the downside, it’s made of plastic instead of wood. That being said, given its price and portability, this may be something you’re willing to overlook.

    Very inexpensive Small and portable Good starter pipe
    Mouthpiece can be tough to take out Could draw better Not made of wood

6. Missouri Meerschaum Legend – Best All-Around Tobacco Pipe

The Legend from Missouri Meerschaum is one of the most popular tobacco pipes on the market today. It offers a terrific balance of appearance, functionality, and cost.

The classic corn cob pipe is made with corn cob grown in the USA. It is fashioned after the tobacco pipes of yesteryear smoked by Mark Twain, General MacArthur, and several other notable figures in American history.

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If you’re searching for a classic corn cob pipe that smokes just as well as briar pipes but costs much less, the Legend may be for you.

    Affordable Well-made Provides a good draw Made in the USA Best tobacco pipe for beginners
    Not quite as durable or appealing as briar tobacco pipes

7. Missouri Meerschaum Country Gentleman– Best Tobacco Pipe for Long Smoking Sessions

The Missouri Meerschaum Country Gentleman Tobacco Pipe is also made in the USA and features an extra- large, barrel-shaped bowl for endless smoking enjoyment.

While it’s also made from corn cob and features a 6mm filter just like the Legend, this is where the similarities end. The Country Gentleman is made for exactly that, gentlemen.

Its coating has an appealing dark stain, giving it a distinctively masculine appearance. It also has a hardwood insert at the bottom of the bowl, making it look and smoke as well as really expensive tobacco pipes.

    Budget tobacco pipe Great craftsman-like construction Deep, extra-large bowl Provides a nice, cool draw Genuine hardwood bowl insert Made in the USA
    Mouth piece can be difficult to remove for cleaning

Best Tobacco Pipe Buyer’s Guide

Despite the rise in popularity of cigarettes and cigars in the 20th century, today, tobacco pipes are once again gaining favor, and for good reason. Not only can a single bowl of flavorful, aromatic tobacco last for up to an hour, but the contemplative and reflective nature of sitting down with a tobacco pipe is a pleasant alternative worth savoring and enjoying.

That being said, finding a great tobacco pipe is easier said than done. With so many sizes, shapes, and materials to choose from, you could spend hours of trial and error trying to find the right tobacco pipe for you.

That’s where we come in.

There are literally hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of tobacco pipes on the market to choose from. To avoid wasting your money on a poorly made pipe or purchasing one that’s not right for you, it helps to know a little about them and understand what to look for. By doing a little research first, you’ll be able to enjoy the best possible smoking experience.

What to Look for In a Tobacco Pipe

If you want to channel your inner James Bond, Humphrey Bogart, or Carey Grant, no ordinary tobacco pipe will do. Here are some things to look for to choose a great tobacco pipe for years of smoking enjoyment:

Fit and Finish

A tobacco pipe should look like it was skillfully made with care. It shouldn’t have uneven stains, sandpaper marks, or any spots that haven’t been waxed. The shank and stem should fit well as well, allowing for a good draw and a cloud of smooth smoke.

Aesthetic Style

To get the most enjoyment from a tobacco pipe, you must like how it looks and feels. A pipe may smoke great, but if it doesn’t please you aesthetically or feel good in your hand, you won’t want to use it nearly as much.

However, whether or not you like the style of a pipe is completely subjective and up to you. Some people like corn cob pipes. Others like full bent briars, Dublin, or Billiard-shaped pipes. The good news is there are a variety of pipe styles out there to choose from and try.

A good tobacco pipe must have a good draw. This means it should have good airflow when puffed. Unfortunately, due to poorly aligned parts and draft holes that are too small, not all tobacco pipes provide a good draw. In addition to creating a poor draw, these issues can also cause a pipe to smoke wet or too loudly, which ruins the smoking experience.

In general, lighter tobacco pipes smoke better than heavier pipes. They’re also easier to hold and less fatiguing to smoke. Nonetheless, some people prefer heavier pipes, so like aesthetics and style, a pipe’s preferred weight largely comes down to personal taste.

From large manufacturers to small artisan artisans, tobacco pipe makers of all varieties use various finishing varnishes. Although many varnishes have absolutely no effect on a pipe’s performance, some varnished finishes tend to bubble or flake. That being said, there are exceptions to every rule as some impeccably made and highly sought after pipes are finished with heavy varnishes.

Filters help keep out debris and allow for a smooth and enjoyable smoke. However, metal filters inserted in the stems of pipes also tend to create condensation, leading to us and noisy smoking experiences.

What Materials are Tobacco Pipes Made With?

Tobacco pipes can cost as little as $5 and as much as $500. Traditional tobacco pipes are almost always made of briarwood do the material’s heat resistance, appearance, and durability. However, pearwood and other hardwoods with similar qualities to briarwood are also used.

Thanks to its ability to be carved into intricate designs, meerschaum is another popular material used in tobacco pipe construction. However, the clay-like material isn’t as durable as briarwood and requires a little more care. Meerschaum pipes are also more expensive.

Lastly, there is a corn cob variety. They’re the cheapest option and smoke quite well. However, corn cob tobacco pipes don’t last as long and are usually only good for a year or two. Nonetheless, given their affordability, they are a popular option and a good choice for first-timers.

What are the Different Tobacco Pipe Shapes?

Tobacco pipes tend to fall into two primary categories based on the shape of the stem. They are either straight or curved. From this jumping off point, they can take any number of creative and exquisite shapes.

In terms of smoking characteristics, straight tobacco pipes generally provide a better smoking experience. This is due to the fact that straight pipes tend to collect less moisture at the base of the bowl beneath the draft hole. With straight pipes, such as corn cob pipes, the bowl also sits higher, which does a better job of keeping smoke from emanating off of the bowl and into your face.

How to Pack a Tobacco Pipe

Packing a tobacco pipe correctly is crucial for enjoying a good, quality smoke. Unfortunately, this is often done incorrectly by newbie and experienced pipe smokers alike. The good news is once you get it down, it will become a breeze. You may struggle at first, but with a little practice and the right technique, you’ll get the hang of it and enjoy pleasurable, hassle-free smoking experiences time and time again.

Basically, there are two packing methods you can utilize:

1. The Pinch Method

  • First, grab a nice large pinch of your favorite tobacco. You should pinch enough that it looks like it won’t fit in the bowl.
  • Then, place it in the bowl and use your free thumb to hold it in place. Next, use both of your thumbs to gently press the pipe tobacco into the bowl. It should be packed tight enough to hold the pipe upside down without the tobacco falling out.
  • Lastly, test the draw. You may need to use the end of a safety pin, a small nail, or a similar item to poke a hole through the center to let a little air in. After that, all that’s left to do is light it and enjoy.

2. The Triple-Layer Method

  1. For this method, you first need to gravity fill the tobacco into the bowl by grabbing a pinch and dropping it into the bowl without pressing or tamping it down. You can also scoop the bowl right into the jar or pouch of tobacco.
  2. Either way, fill it to the top and press it down until the bowl is filled halfway. This will be the first layer. Do the same thing once more, but this time the pressed tobacco should fill the bowl 2/3 of the way. This, of course, is the second layer. Finally, could you do it again for the third layer.

  • When finished, place some loose tobacco on top and press it down until the bowl is filled just below the rim. The pressure should feel like it is increasing with each layer. While the first layer won’t require much pressure, you’ll really need to press down on the tobacco for the third layer.
  • Lastly, test the draw. It should feel similar to sucking juice, tea, soda, or anything else through a straw. If it feels like you’re sucking through an empty straw, the bowl is packed too loose, so you’ll need to press it down and add more tobacco. On the other hand, if it feels like you’re sucking a milkshake or smoothie through a straw, it’s packed too tight. In this scenario, you’ll need to poke a hole through the middle of the bowl for increased airflow, just like the first packing method.
  • The Art of Smoking with a Tobacco Pipe

    Unlike cigar and cigarette smoking, pipe smoking is a more relaxing and meditative pursuit. While some cigar smokers might dispute this claim, it’s far more common to see cigar smokers huddled around in animated discussions than pipe smokers. Tobacco pipe smoking is much more introspective.

    Therefore, pipe-smoking often involves a comfortable chair and an unhurried or more relaxed state of mind. As such, the pacing is important and downright essential to enjoy the tobacco’s nuanced flavors and appreciate the art of the blender.

    A slow puffing pace also helps regulate the burning of tobacco. In other words, to be a successful pipe smoker, patience, and perseverance are a must. By being patient and relaxed, you can truly enjoy the experience and discover the endless tobacco blends available to you.

    How to Light the Pipe

    You can’t just put a flame to a packed bowl and expect the best results. Like everything else, lighting a tobacco pipe properly involves a process.

    1. When the bowl is packed, you first need to char the top of the tobacco. You do this by holding the flame from your lighter above the bowl and moving it in a circle while taking a dozen or so short puffs. This will put a nice char on the top of the tobacco .
    2. Afterwards, tamp the tobacco down in the bowl one more time. This will create a nice crusting effect on the top of the packed tobacco.
    3. After the tobacco is charred on top, hold the flame above the bowl once more. However, this time take a handful of deep draws to suck the flame down into the tobacco-filled bowl. When the tobacco is lit, continue taking deep puffs to create a solid ember that will stay lit a long time.

    Tobacco Pipe Troubleshooting

    If your tobacco pipe ever becomes too hot to hold comfortably, the tobacco inside is getting too hot. In this scenario, let the ember die out and try re-lighting the tobacco. Only this time, take fewer puffs.

    Most pipe smokers take a puff every 20 seconds or so. You shouldn’t constantly puff like you would a cigarette.

    If you ever feel a burning sensation in your mouth, which is called “tongue bite,” the tobacco is once again getting too hot. So, let the ember die out and re-light the bowl.

    How to Light the Tobacco Pipe?

    Apply an open flame to the tobacco and puff on it until lit. But to minimize mid smoke relights, it’s important to pay attention to this technique. Be sure to use wooden matches or a soft flame butane lighter. Do not use a torch lighter. Torch lighters burn too hot and can damage your pipe. Start by giving your pipe what is known as the charring light. Light your match or lighter and apply to the tobacco, moving in a circular motion around the entire surface of the tobacco. While doing this, take a few puffs on the pipe to draw the flame in. The tobacco will probably swell up during this process.

    Can you light a pipe with a lighter?

    Yes, you can use pipe lighter. Pipe lighters are made specifically for tobacco pipes. They should not alter the taste of the tobacco.

    How to Pack a Tobacco Pipe?

    Basically, there are two packing methods you can utilize: 1. Pinch Method 2. The Triple-Layer Method


    As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when choosing a great tobacco pipe. However, picking out a proven tobacco pipe is only half the battle as you have to learn how to smoke it as well.

    Pipe smoking is an incredibly enjoyable pastime when you get the basics down. Hopefully, this buyer’s guide has also helped in that regard.

    Now that you know all about tobacco pipes and how to use them just like the gentlemanly scholars of old, it’s time to pick one out, sit back in your favorite chair, and enjoy hours of smoking pleasure!

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    Jeremy McQuain says

    hey Steven,
    sup man
    so I’m shifting from cigars to a pipe. my woman absolutely hates the cigar smell. however she’s commented over the years of enjoying the smell of pipes.
    I’m looking for my first pipe to be on the cheaper side incase it’s not for me. but one that’s sort of modern in appearance.
    any ideas?

    Thanks for your question!

    Don’t forget about cigars if u like it 😉

    I’d recommend from TOP 3 of my Guide like Scotte pipe . Nice pipe for begginers, u could understand that it is ur pipe or not. You know it’s like cigars: smells great but smoking…

    If u wanna take great pipe I’m strongly recommed Savinelli like this .

    Write budget, I think we can solve your problem 😉

    James Hallbom says

    What is a brand new Blao Brand pipe go for?? I just can not seem to find anything on the pricing

    No mention of the Kirsten pipes.
    Getting hard to find but really enjoy them.
    Stay safe.

    Barry Perhamsky says

    I used to smoke a pipe, and I find it very relaxing. I prefer curved styles pipes, and the coachman, totally curved is the one I prefer the most. But now days, a coachmen is hard to find.

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