What gives a pipe character? I am wondering because I seem to have become preternaturally attached to a very recent purchase. The majority of my pipes were my father's, and they bring forth great memories for me, but why this-- one of several-- new ones? I did manage to drop it in a river today, and retrieved it safely after some scrambling, but I felt attached to it even before this 'adventure'. Instant character! So, I suppose the question is: How do pipes became irrationally favoured after one has logically worked out which baccy for which pipe under such and such condition, where in the rotation it fits, etc. _ad nauseam_?