Back in the late 50's when I started up with the pipe, my first choices in tobacco were slices. Dill's Best and Edgeworth Sliced were most popular in my family and in our area. Being a young know it all, I soon found that ready- rubbed was faster, more convenient, and definitely the way that a young codger should go----worked well for me for 55 or so years; and I never looked back. Only an old fool would take all the extra time required to mess with a flake! Well, who do you suppose is starting to get reacquainted with slices again? Yup, me----and they are a great change of pace. Now, I have a question for you guys----do any of you mix slices when preparing a bowlful. For example, if you want to improve the room note for Mrs. Codger, would it be a common practice to rub-out, say 2 slices of Navy Flake and 1 slice of vanilla cream flake to blend a flavorful, good smelling smoke? What are your thoughts and experiences on this? Thanks,---R.F.P.