Hi, I'm brand new to this forum and have yet to try a pipe, but will be ordering everything I need to get started shortly.
I'm a contractor who just left Iraq after two years and I now find myself in Afghanistan. Cigars are extremely popular among the soldiers and contractors in both places and I found that I enjoy the social aspect of hanging out and smoking cigars in the evening, except for the small fact that I don't enjoy smoking them myself. I would just end up sitting, not smoking and BSing. I just could never really get into the taste of them.
Last week I ran into a guy smoking a pipe (first time I've seen anyone smoking one over here) and of course it smelled great. We talked for a while and he said he was in the same boat as me as far as cigar smoking went. He says he enjoys the pipe very much and says the pipe tobacco is not as harsh as cigars.
I've decided I'm going to give it a try and see how it goes. I'm going to start with a MM cob, cleaners, a tool, zippo and a package each of Captain Black and Prince Albert.
After I get enough posts I will join the new member sampler thread and try see what like. I have absolutely no idea what tobacco will be for me...I feel a little lost and would love to visit a B&M to look around. I'm pretty sure I will enjoy a milder tobacco at first and while I don't need a heavy aromatic smell (and after reading this forum I understand most don't taste as they smell), I would definately want something which smells and tastes better than cigars.
I do have to admit that I am a little afraid of what may happen if I enjoy this hobby....Some of the estate pipe posted in the forum are beautiful. I really like the look of the smooth finish pipes and could see myself getting a little carried away.
Thanks for all the great information!!!