I've been a cigar smoker for awhile, but just got into pipes. Actually, one of the guys i got into smokign cigars got me into the pipe realm. I started with a corn cob, but didnt like it. After trying one of my buddies briar pipes i went for one. I bought a Nording Fantasy #5 and am a big fan. i like the larger bowl. I have mainly been smoking lighter vanilla flavors and am enjoying it.