This cleverly designed pipe tool is in the shape of a large caliber bullet. The base serves as a tamper; unscrew the threaded tip and a handy poker emerges. Great for the ex-military or hunter who enjoys putting some fire in the briar.
A good tamper is a key tool to use when you’re lighting your pipe. Lighting a pipe may be done with just about any flame although many prefer something taste neutral such as a butane lighter (not a torch) or a match. If you’re new to pipe smoking then follow these steps:
- Move the flame over top of the tobacco in a circular motion to ensure the full top layer is lit. While moving the flame, draw on the pipe using long slow puffs. As you do this, the lit tobacco will rise out of the bowl. This is called the Charring Light.
- After the charring light, tamp down the tobacco until it is flat again. Do not push so hard that you make it difficult to draw, just enough to even out the top.
- Using a circular lighting motion and long slow puffs again to relight the pipe. Gently tamp this ash down while puffing and your pipe should be well lit. If not, repeat from step two. Make sure that you light all the tobacco, not just one side. This will help you keep the pipe lit and will avoid overheating one area of the pipe.