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smoker13



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PostSubject: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:47 am

Well, I don't know what stars were in alignment around a week and a half ago, but one night I actually ordered (read: purchased online) a Dunhill pipe. Yep, even though I've always had a burr up my arse about Dunhill charging so much money for a production pipe, especially when you could buy a perfectly good one for a fraction of the cost from Savinelli, I spent a sack of shekels saved up for one of my favorite artisan pipes (Eltang, Iafisco, etc) on a Dunhill Shell Briar Zulu.

SO the pipe did come, and it looks good with so much ring grain I'm a little surprised it wasn't categorized as such (you see, I'm now expertly familiar with all Dunhill's pipe categories, but I'm getting ahead of myself), and I've smoked 2 bowls of McClelland St James Wood (a constant favorite formerly solely dedicated to a Winslow Dublin) in it, 2 wonderful, peaceful, after-breakfast smokes each lasting a little over an hour, and....I'm really getting to like this pipe!

I still think Dunhill pipes are overpriced, especially that Cumberland Billiard I've been looking at(!) So I don't know if I'll ever break down again and buy another one. I DO like this Zulu and it smokes wonderfully, so I've let up on my former grudge against Dunhill.

But so far I have no plans to get a white dot as my first tattoo.
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:20 pm

congrats on your new purchase, have you any pics please?

I'm yet to acquire any "named" pipes but with Christmas fast approaching I may pull the trigger on one, especially if I find an awesome freehand.

enjoy your pipe Sir and I look forward to seeing what you got.

andy
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:37 pm

Congratulations on getting a Dunhill. Like you I think they are over priced but the few I have all smoke really well. As you seem to be liking yours I dare say that the Cumberland you're watching will one day be in your collection. BTW I'd love to see some pictures of the one you just received. Smile

AJ
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:24 pm

enjoy it

I reserve my opinion on Dunhill his pipes, would take too long talk about white point

I only had 6, but all I've sold, and some given away
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:45 pm

Just goes to show the old adage 'never say never' can ring true. I can recall several complete changes in heart over the years, each one a chance to learn.

Anyhoo... Sounds like a cracking pipe regardless of its marque. Enjoy those smokes.!
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:52 pm

Congratulations on the new Dunhill! I haven't yet found myself with the "sack of shekels" required, but my understanding from the following they have is that you will have some terrific smokes coming your way. Enjoy!
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:44 am

Pretty sure there's a rule that every pipe smoker's gotta have a birthyear Dunhill. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:16 am

Hermit wrote:
Pretty sure there's a rule that every pipe smoker's gotta have a birthyear Dunhill.  Twisted Evil

I agree, to some extent Rolling Eyes

The nearest I could come is a 1945 ( I was born in 1944) Shell Briar Billiard in 100% perfect order. I'm smoking a stop of HOTW in it right now and it tastes fantastic. Beautiful grain, excellent grain !!

But, it took a long time to find a tobacco to match this pipe. Most of my other favourite tobaccos either don't like the pipe or visa versa.

I also have a 1980 Cumberland bent billiard which is so beautifully preserved that I don't want to smoke it Embarassed I just polish it from time to time and then it goes back in the rack.

I also have 20 Savinelli pipes and I would rather buy some more of these than another Dunhill. Can't go wrong with a Sav, whether old or new.
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:52 am

Dunhill is an itch many pipe smokers need and should scratch.
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:11 am

riff raff wrote:
Dunhill is an itch many pipe smokers need and should scratch.

Absolute truth cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:07 am

They know how to shape billiards--the best in my opinion. Not always, but often. That's the reason I scratched the itch three times. Might spring for a 120 if it comes along, but three times is enough, I'm thinkin'. Do they smoke better than any other quality briar? Not that I can tell.
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:56 pm

SpeedyPete wrote:
Hermit wrote:
Pretty sure there's a rule that every pipe smoker's gotta have a birthyear Dunhill.  Twisted Evil

I agree, to some extent Rolling Eyes

The nearest I could come is a 1945 ( I was born in 1944)  Shell Briar Billiard in 100% perfect order.  

If I were an indoor smoker, I probably would have to agree, but I'm not going to pay out that much $ for an outdoor pipe -- that what cobs, falcons, basket briars and similar pipes (and on dry days, meers) are for (which most of my pipes are)
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:56 pm

After a really bad first experience with Dunghills early on, I pretty much avoided them altogether. That is until I acquired a fine estate Shell Briar 'doggy from bro Mattia, and then my opinion changed.

I forget the year but think it's from the 80's. In any case it's a fine smoker.

Will I buy any more Dunnies? Perhaps, but only as estates and if the year/condition/price is right. Don't really have a Jones for a birth year Dunnie, but that could change.



Cheers,

RR
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:52 am

Congrats on your purchase. If it smokes well now, it can only get better. I now have 4 Dunnies (all estates); a '64 (birth year), two '67's and a recently acquired 1986 Wangee. All of them smoke wonderfully.

Welcome to the club. Let me share with you some tongue in cheek advice I gave SpeedyPete on the acquisition of his first Dunhill:  Twisted Evil

Dear Pieter.

Let me be the first to welcome you to the Dunhill owners club. Allow me to give you some brief pointers on your membership to this very elite group.

Naturally, this doesn't mean that you may no longer converse with other pipe smokers, but when you do, you must do so in patronising, condescending tones.

Secondly, you must, whenever producing your Dunhill in company, do so with a suitable flourish, sweeping the pipe before those present in order that they may clearly view the white spot on the stem, whilst announcing (again, with said tone of condescension): "It's a Dunhill, you know!"

Following this, a small knowing chuckle and wink to any other Dunhill smokers in the company are always a nice touch.

Thirdly, you should take every opportunity to extol the virtues of Dunhill above all other pipes, especially the brands being smoked by those present. You should also make every effort to steer the conversation in such a way that you can work in the word "Dunhill" together with terms such as "exquisite finish" "superior quality", "unmatched craftsmanship", "faultless engineering" etc. at every possible opportunity.

Now, should another pipe smoker venture a positive comment on any pipe other than a Dunhill, it is not necessary to respond directly. A simple roll of the eyes, or knowing sidelong glance at a fellow Dunhill smoker accompanied by a barely stifled yawn, should be more than adequate to convey the disdain and contempt with which you view his ill-informed and unsolicited opinion. In any event, they should very well know not to speak before being spoken to whilst in the company of their betters.

Lastly I hear that cold water is best for soaking blood stains out of your favourite white shirt, that broken teeth are easily repaired, and that a cold steak is very good on a black and swollen eye. Fractured limbs however, are best left to more specialised medical professionals.

Best Dunhill regards,

Mark.
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:36 pm

Puffer Mark wrote:
Congrats on your purchase. If it smokes well now, it can only get better. I now have 4 Dunnies (all estates); a '64 (birth year), two '67's and a recently acquired 1986 Wangee. All of them smoke wonderfully.

Welcome to the club. Let me share with you some tongue in cheek advice I gave SpeedyPete on the acquisition of his first Dunhill:  Twisted Evil

Dear Pieter.

Let me be the first to welcome you to the Dunhill owners club. Allow me to give you some brief pointers on your membership to this very elite group.

Naturally, this doesn't mean that you may no longer converse with other pipe smokers, but when you do, you must do so in patronising, condescending tones.

Secondly, you must, whenever producing your Dunhill in company, do so with a suitable flourish, sweeping the pipe before those present in order that they may clearly view the white spot on the stem, whilst announcing (again, with said tone of condescension): "It's a Dunhill, you know!"

Following this, a small knowing chuckle and wink to any other Dunhill smokers in the company are always a nice touch.

Thirdly, you should take every opportunity to extol the virtues of Dunhill above all other pipes, especially the brands being smoked by those present. You should also make every effort to steer the conversation in such a way that you can work in the word "Dunhill" together with terms such as "exquisite finish" "superior quality", "unmatched craftsmanship", "faultless engineering" etc. at every possible opportunity.

Now, should another pipe smoker venture a positive comment on any pipe other than a Dunhill, it is not necessary to respond directly. A simple roll of the eyes, or knowing sidelong glance at a fellow Dunhill smoker accompanied by a barely stifled yawn, should be more than adequate to convey the disdain and contempt with which you view his ill-informed and unsolicited opinion. In any event, they should very well know not to speak before being spoken to whilst in the company of their betters.

Lastly I hear that cold water is best for soaking blood stains out of your favourite white shirt, that broken teeth are easily repaired, and that a cold steak is very good on a black and swollen eye. Fractured limbs however, are best left to more specialised medical professionals.

Best Dunhill regards,

Mark.

OK now that there is funny and well written.

drunken


Cheers,

RR
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:22 am

I agree that Dunhill pipes are not worth their price point. Personally, I stopped buying production pipes and buy only Tinsky pipes now, but that's just my personal preference based upon the way they're engineered, more open draw, etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Never, NEVER thought I'd do it, but I did......   Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:52 am

Hermit wrote:
Pretty sure there's a rule that every pipe smoker's gotta have a birthyear Dunhill.  Twisted Evil

I must've missed that rule...................so when ya all buying me one?
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