I have been into the pipe smoking thing for a little while now… and actually it goes quite a way back for me as I have some pipes from about 15+ years ago. But recently, in the last few months or so I have really gotten into it. Not really sure why, maybe the constant visuals I get watching the science channel seeing all of the greatest minds in science smoking away… thinking “maybe that is their secret to exponential intelligence…” LOL… I also have pre-hypetension (BP = 140/80) and pipe smoking is supposed to be a calming hobby allowing you to reflect and relax… Well however I started or whatever the reason… I did a lot of research (as I always do) about pipe smoking… WOW… There is a lot of information out there and a lot of things to know about pipe smoking… The only downside thus far (well aside from the potential health risks) is that the smoking experience is unique to each individual; i.e. a favorite pipe or tobacco of one may not translate to another. I have been in a rut so to speak on both pipe and tobacco selection. I have continually gone with the great smelling aromatic blends thinking they will taste great based on their wonderful aroma, but they really don’t. I have some nice mid-level pipes as well so I am on par there… but still no real luck. In my research I found a guy on youtube.com, PipeFriendCHS, who has a great deal of knowledge and experience to share as well as a wonderful demeanor, quite pleasant to listen to and watch. After watching several videos and subscribing to the feed, I came across a video showcasing some giant pipes. Never saw anything like this before and never knew anything like this existed in the pipe world. I was continually having issues packing my pipes correctly and they just never had any flavor… Well all of that was about to end, yesterday in fact. I went out on a limb, from watching the giants on the videos, and found one. The one in the picture above. Honestly I didn’t really go to far out there because I nabbed this one for $46.00 !!! Now that I have had a chance to smoke it, once, I would have paid 3 times that amount. It was the most amazing smoking experience I have had… I cannot fully describe it other than to say that everything I was looking for in a smoke was realized with this pipe. It was as if I was carried off into a realm of tranquility and peace. I know this sounds overstated, but it is not, I assure you. All that remains is to create this experience each and every time I smoke… and of course I am going to endlessly search for pipes just like this one.