So I have noticed that most people get into pipes because there father or grandfather introduced them to this relaxing hobby. I think its difficult for a person that does not have a pipe smoker in their family to pick it up. I love cob pipes because they are economical and smoke great. In the past when a buddy of mine saw me light up my briar pipe they would ask questions and i could tell they wanted to give it a try but not enough to go out an buy their own briar. these days i keep a couple of new cobs around the house and when someone asks i pack them a bowl and say here its yours enjoy. 90% ive gifted a pipe to have come back to ask for recommendation on tobacco so i know they are enjoying the pipes i have given them. its been a long time since i smoked a briar. I have 10 nice ones from different makers (radice, savinelli,Le Nuvole,becker etc.) but i just cant put down the modified MM cobs.