Hey guys hope your well. So the last couple of days i have been going back to basics with an old friend. My faithful cobs. When i first started out its all i smoked until my 23rd birthday august just gone when i discovered falcons and never looked back, my cobs gathered dust, but even though the falcons got the attention the thought of throwing them away seemed about as sensible as using a toaster in the shower. So they took pride of place being displayed on my bedroom bookshelf. Anyways couple of days ago i fancied a smoke but didnt want a long one that my falcons offer so i i pulled out one of my cobs, now after been sat a good few months, gave it a dust off and a good reeming out as the cake was a bit overgrown, loaded with carter hall and lit up. And it was instant satisfaction. cool sweet and easy going smoke. Carter hall and corn cobs really do go hand in hand, and for half an hour i was just transported to my own little smokey world, as the new techniques i picked up from smoking my falcons, (tamping down now and then and not dumping the ash) it worked perfectly in my cob and it was just magic. But the thing with with cobs, is they are an everymans pipe, and for the price (i pay about seven pounds per cob) they are absolutely fantastic and i certainly would never class them as a disposable pipe. I bought a budget briar pipe a good number of months back, strictly for use of condor sure it looked pretty, but it was a gurgle monster, swan with moisture and wouldnt pass a falcon pipe cleaner i tried everything to get it too work and it just made it worse, that went by the way of trash a few weeks ago. With a corn cob they cost less but require no work what so ever, its just load light and enjoy and that i really admire, for the cost the smoking pleasure they give, they for me are right up there with my falcons. So from now on cobs will be playing a bigger part with my falcons, i will be using them more often and enjoying what they have to offer. Its just a bit of a shame we dont have the same variety of shapes over here in good old blighty as there is in the states. But its hello to an old friend and this time around there wont be a good bye. happy smoking to you all.