When I started collecting pipes, before I worked at Smokers' Haven, I wanted pipes that were good smokers and classically styled. I needed pipes purely out of smoking necessity to give my first few pipes a rest. I naturally gravitated to estate pipes and coincidentally, I had built a small stable of Comoy pipes. I told people I was a Comoy collector. I studied the brand's history a lot, compared shapes, and spited Neill Roan (another Comoy collector) with a choice purchase or two. I started buying Comoy pipes that I didn't really care for other than maybe they had an ivory "C" or said "Blue Riband" or something on the side. Then I got a pipe made by my co-worker Bill Shalosky. It quickly became my favorite pipe. Then I got a pipe made by my friend Joe Nelson (Old Nellie Pipes). I got a Nate King made pipe. Deniz Ural sold me on a Baki. Then I got a pipe by local Chuck Sands (R.C. Sands Pipes), and hopefully another one this weekend after he uses our sandblaster. I realized I liked all of these pipes better than any of my Comoy pipes, probably because the connection with the artisans, my friends, means quite a bit more to me than the historical value of the Comoy pipes. So I sold all of my Comoy pipes, and I was sad to see some of them go, but now I look forward to getting more pipes from my friends. My next purchases - after yet another R.C. Sands pipe soon - will probably be a Thomas James and an Abe Herbaugh pipe. Just thinking about these pipes excite me more than the old Comoy I might find lying nameless and lonely on a table in Chicago or New York.