Over the past 3 months or so Ive been working on a new shape. I had been thinking of the misunderstanding people have for the pipe, and the sometimes interesting looks we get here on the West Coast. Out here in California, cigar smoking is the dominant beast. A man smoking a pipe may get strange looks or even be asked what is in his pipe ( thats California for ya! ). While a man smoking a cigar may only get strange looks because of the odor. So this stream of thought led me to a question... How can one have the best of both worlds?
I seldom meet a person who doesn't like the aroma of a lit pipe. That said, what could be the best possible combustion unit shape for this heavenly scent. Maybe a cigar? The great thing about a cigar pipe is the ability to literally put it in your pocket. It has a wind cap. It is much more durable to abuse than a pipe would be because of its linear shape. There is literally nowhere for the moisture to build up internally. There are many more reasons, but the best is its look. Lets face it, cigars are cool. Whether youre going for the Groucho Marx comedic look, the badass Arnold look, or just want to be the boss like Al Pacino in Scarface, cigars have a certain pinage to them.
Everyone knows about the old Zeppelin cigar shaped pipes. I looked at a few and determined that they were flawed in their price, shape, internal mechanics, and overall look. I wanted to come up with a shape that people would be proud to carry and use. A shape that was, in fact, indistinguishable from a real cigar. I also wanted to streamline and simplify the internal mechanics (or rather lack of mechanics). The windcap doesn't need to be metal. The pipe doesn't have to join with threads either. If I stuck to the basic rules of pipemaking, i figured I could come up with something really nice. So I started with a shape and then began to incorporate the chambers and airways. By the end , all that was left was a stem material and the end cap. I decided on Delrin for the mouthpiece due to its resilience to chewing ( though I may end up using Ebonite in production). The end cap is basically carved to resemble the ash on the end of a lit cigar. It joins the end of the tobacco chamber with a silicone O ring seal and is hight perforated to allow for maximum air flow.
The cigar pipe is now patent pending globally. I intend to produce a very limited number of the “Havana” cigar pipe ( the large version) this year. The small cigar pipe is now available for order. The price is $150 on these. Plans are in the works to release a limited number of Morta cigar pipes as well for those who are interested. Please let me know if you want in. These things are going fast!
I wish you and your families a safe and happy summer. Enjoy the smokes!