Hey guys hope your all well. So the other day, monday i think, when i was waiting to meet my fiancee for her lunch i was sat having a pipe and flicking through here on my phone when i spotted a post by RTOdhner (sorry if i spelt your forum name wrong Roy), and he was talking about pipe snobbery and mentioned falcons, and this set off my own thoughts of what i thought of them in the past and what i think of them now. I will be honest when i first seen a falcon when i was a kid i was mesmerised, i was thinking how do these work to me a pipe was made of wood and had the plastic stem, and ever since i seen a falcon for the first time i was and always have been curious, but i also thought are they just a gimmick and do they require a certain knack to get them to smoke as they should. Fast foreward to last year and i started out on corn cobs, at the time they suited me perfectly they were cheap, and fool proof and they set the wheels in motion for my pipe smoking journey, the amount of tobaccos i tried in that first cob was absolutely astonishing, from aros to vapers to balkans and although they was a slight taste it was never off putting and from what i learned it would of fast rendered a briar a complete ghosted mess, probably more due to the way i smoked, deep fast inhales which due to having to break in a briar would of also turned it into a burning wreck. So yeah for the first few months they suited me and i grew quite a collection, but when it came to my birthday i got a bit better at pipe smoking and i wanted something different. The shop were i go carries a modest selection of petersons, cobs, basket briars and a few kaywoody yellow bowls and lorenzos, luckily the shop keep where i go knows me and kindly let me see how they hung in my mouth and how they felt in hand and by far and away the winner was a curved falcon. And the journey began, the teething problems slowly stacked up and i was close to selling it on but i decided to start from scratch try different packing and smoking techniques and withing a couple of months it wa sperfect falcons where my new favourite pipes. But in the pipe world as roy said there is quite a snobbery against them, although all you guys on here who said they are gimmicky and not your tastes have never downed people for owning them and for that i must hold out the highest respect. The thing is falcons are my favourite and im happy with what i have, but i have been asked would i consider a traditional briar and the answer is no, but for what i think good reasons. Let me explain, The thing with falcons is the system works for me im a wet smoker, and although i did have the teething issues the system now works a charm for me, and i like the way they look, i like the way how they have been around for nearly 80 years but still look new and up to date and the appearance has remained timeless. I have also been asked why i passed up the petersons in the shop, well the thing is they just didnt feel and look right for something that would be mine, dont get me wrong i love admiring a good peterson, i think a good peterson looks beautiful and they look like they are good smokers, but as for something that would be mine, its just not something i would feel right by owning, dont ask me why, its just a feeling i have. And for me to get the best out of a pipe not only does it have to be a good smoker but it has to look and feel right to you, and thats another major advantage the falcon has to me. But the thing i dont get is the snobbery that has been held against the falcons, sure they are out there and they blew the whole traditional idea of a pipe to hell with its introduction, the system is foolproof and they are cheap. People may say i am a snob for only smoking a falcon and an alco, but am i really a snob for smoking something which i find works an absolute charm, and gives me the best smoke i strive for each smoke and has never let me down, after all isnt the whole idea of pipe smoking, smoke what you enjoy. Ill leave you with this thought which i always stand by: 30 quid falcon or 300 quid briar pipe, i admit the 300 quid briar will probably look pristine and have flawless briar, but just because it is 10 times the price doesnt mean it is going to smoke 10 times better. whatever pipe you smoke whether it be a cob, falcon or a no name basket briar or a dunhil, savenelli, peterson if it smokes well for you and you enjoy and look foreward to each and every smoke you have out of it then so be it, and if the snobs happen rear their petty heads and stupid thoughtless oppinions smile politely and hold comfort in the fact that to you, you have the best smoking pipe money can buy and its yours and no one else. Happy days and happy smoking to you all.