The Aran Line: In Praise of Meat & Potatoes

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120-Aran-ObverseIf you’ve had a chance to flip through the new fall issue of Pipes & Tobaccos, you’ve doubtless found William C. Nelson’s great write-up of young English pipe-maker Chris Askwith. Askwith’s prices are really reasonable (extraordinary may be a better word) for artisan pipes, and from all accounts, his engineering and finish work are spot-on.

While reading about one collector’s marvelous experiences with Askwith pipes, I noticed myself smoking my usual—a Peterson—in fact, a recent-production Aran 120. Now the thing about it is, my Aran 120 Dublin is a stellar smoker. It’s got a P-Lip as you can see, and its chamber is a marvel—loaded with a good Virginia flake its 20 x 41mm can take me through a very long evening, well over two hours, with just the right amount of moisture (never any need for a pipe cleaner with a straight P-Lip). In short, with everything my…

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