I've never even gave much thought to cobbs. Since joing this forum and reading about them, my curiosity got the best of me. Why haven't I tried them? I decided to order a couple of them with my last tobacco order. Missouri Meerschaum-Washington. I took the filter out and lit up a bowl of Penzance. I could taste the cobb the first few puffs. It reminded me of chicken feed. ( a good thing) I know that might sound crazy but it did. I use to feed my grandpaw's chickens when I was little and the feed dust would get in my nose scooping up the feed. I had a good smoke from a simple little pipe. Thank you cobbers out there for turning me on to something new. For those of you out there who haven't tried a cobb, include one in your next tobacco order for an extra couple of bucks. I think I'll use this cobb for my yard pipe. Now I did take the filter out. Do you real cobbers out there leave it in or take it out? I didn't want to deal with a soggy nasty filter..