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Age : 54
Location : Ft Lauderdale, FL
Registration date : 2016-03-28

PostSubject: Cutting block for tobacco?   Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:51 pm

Thanks to YouTube and the "Salts of the Earth" here on BoB, my smoking experience has advanced by leaps and bounds. . . .

That being said, I'm transitioning from the beginner's penchant for ribbon-cut aromatics and starting to branch out into other types, one of which is flake: got a hold of some Rattray's Wallace Flake and I REALLY enjoyed it!  That being said, a whole new world has opened up for me, flakes, crumble-cakes and coins (oh my!) and all the cutting, rubbing and cellaring, practical and ceremonial, that goes with it (the pipe is not just a smoke, it's an adventure!)

That being said, its another opportunity to delve into the wonderful manly activity of what I call 'gadgeting', i.e., selecting specialized implements of the trade leisurely and with delightfully painstaking care.  There is a related thread regarding which knife to use for cutting, for which I have my trusty Buck 110, but my question is regarding cutting blocks-do you all have a dedicated block for cutting tobacco? Butcher block? Metal tray?

The prospect of the kitchen butcher-block doing double-duty is NOT appealing....

Just curious as to what you avid pipe connoisseurs out there swear by.

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Age : 54
Location : Mark Twain National Forest, MO
Registration date : 2014-10-11

PostSubject: Re: Cutting block for tobacco?   Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:07 pm

I have a dedicated Corian cutting board for destemming and rough cutting my leaf, a small (6x8 inch) vinyl one that came with a knife set (cheap!) for cutting bricks and rope(ish) forms, and a small fishy shaped bowl/pipe rest black walnut bowl I use for crumbling/drying crumble cakes, flakes, and coins. Most of the ropes I can cut with a cigar cutter, and for those I just drop them in that...

Soo, whatever you can use is OK, as long as it won't dull your knife, and/or you don't mind leaving knife marks in it!
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Age : 48
Location : Laramie, WY
Registration date : 2011-12-10

PostSubject: Re: Cutting block for tobacco?   Tue May 31, 2016 7:52 am

I just have an old length of black walnut board that I saved out special just for cutting tobacco. I know that many things can and have been used over the years. I've even seen an old moose antler used as a cutting board. I'm sure anything you pick up as a cutting board will serve you well for many years to come.


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Age : 39
Location : Northern KY
Registration date : 2011-03-22

PostSubject: Re: Cutting block for tobacco?   Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:46 am

If you're looking to work with plugs and ropes a lot, do a search for "biltong cutter". Similar concept to the old plug cutters and I'm sure one could whip something like it up. This place has some fancy dancy ones:

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PostSubject: Re: Cutting block for tobacco?   Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:20 am




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