Pipe smoking is a very enjoyable pastime for many these days. The smoke, the taste, the smell, and the feel of the pipe are completely different from smoking a cigar. Typically, a smoker prefers a pipe or a cigar. They are hardly ever enjoyed by one person just the same; although, it is not unheard of for a cigar smoker to love smoking a pipe, and a pipe smoker love to smoke cigars.
If you are thinking about buying a tobacco pipe for the first time, there are a few tools that you will need to make sure that your pipe stays in good smoking condition. A pipe that is well taken care of can be passed down from generation to generation.
Tobacco Pipe Tools
- Pipe Tamper – The tamper is used to pack the pipe tobacco in the bowl. Once you fill the bowl up, gently compress the tobacco with your tamper. Look for a tamper with round edges and one flat edge. Most tampers come as part of a 3 in 1 tool that includes a scooper and a reamer as well. Buying a 3 in 1 tool helps save space for the pipe smoker who likes to carry his pipe at all times.
- Pipe Cleaners – Stock up on pipe cleaners when you buy a new tobacco pipe. They are used to clear the pipe before smoking from leftover ash from the previous smoke. Pipe cleaners are also necessary for cleaning your pipe after a smoke as well. It’s important to clean out the ash and dottle (leftover saliva) from your pipe. DO NOT tap your pipe, hit it, or slam it on a surface. This will damage the pipe. The pipe cleaner is used as an effective and gentle approach to cleaning your pipe thoroughly.
- Fire – Choosing the method of lighting your pipe is all about preference, similar to how cigar smokers have a preference themselves. Many pipe smokers prefer using matches because of the temperature of the flame, and a more natural flavor.