Yes, I admit to being a pipesmoker (the slower form of cancer). Too much time with other entomologists. A few nice old Charatans, Barlings and and my favorite fishing/shooting pipe, a very beat up old Comoy.
I was fishing part of the Teton River just outside Choteau, Montana and hooked up a monster brown trout, got so excited I opened my mouth and dropped a really sweet Larsen into very swift current. It was almost worth the loss, almost.......
WOW! You guys have heavy-duty taste! Sorry for the, "one that got away," SEBCo. Fishing in Montana, even without the pipe, sounds just heavenly. It's Friday night on the plains in Kansas and the wind his blowing and the sky is GREEN! I'm afraid we're in for some weather. I'be never had a Dunhill ... always admire them, though. I do have a few Savinelli's. My best are three assorted size Ben Wades I got in an Army PX in the 70's. Entomology? Wow. (Study of insects?)256M-S, have you ever tried Blackjack cigars? I used to tell everyone I met about them and thought they were the world's best 25 cent cigar. (I think they cost more, now!)
Ben Wades and Charatans were made by the very same folks, very nice briar. I was into collecting pipes before I was into collecting Colts. I've never plunged for a Dunhill either, course I haven't plunged for a Shooting Master or New Service yet so maybe someday!
Most of my Dunhills date from the sixties and weren't as outrageous as anything with that label has become today. Always had great lines and felt good in the mouth. Liked Charatans equally well and the better grade Savinellis the same. Have a couple of Barlings and they were great pipes but they always seemed to have small bowls and I prefer a bowl that will accept my thumb to pack and tamp. Never cared much for the free form pipes and most of mine are pretty traditional.
Never smoked Blackjacks and 'fraid I don't know them, RC. When I was younger I figgered cigars were only for staff officers and senior field grades who had more leisure and were more static except when jumping to the General's piles.
Smoked Picayunes and Gauloises and a pipe for extended field ops 'cause you could go a long way with a pound of tobacco. Got into Cigars on an extended tour in Africa and got spoiled on Cuban tobacco. Have to pay stateside prices, I long ago settled on Arturo Fuentes cigars from his shop in Tampa as being a good compromise between taste and cost. Nothing like a good cigar after a good meal or at the end of day after a good hunt--less hassle than a pipe,too.
Pipes were good interrogation tools, though, you could make a fellow squirm with the silence that accompanied pipe business when you were at a loss for the next question or comment.
"And the blithe revolver began to sing/ To the blade that twanged on the locking-ring..."