The pipe it has very ancient origins and its history is often confused with the legend. The history of the pipe is therefore different from that of the tobacco whose origins date back to pre-Columbian times. It follows that the pipe was not originally used for tobacco but only as a tool for smoking, as evidenced by the surviving writings of Herodotus, Pliny the Elder and Plutarch, up to the Greeks and Romans among whom it was tradition to inhale the smoke of some herbs with the nostrils through "torches".
The first forms that can be approached to pipes as we understand them today are those widespread among the Indian tribes of North America. Pipes were essential in all aspects of life for these populations. They consisted of a stone head in the shape of an inverted T and a long mouthpiece made of wood, reed or stone.
In the old continent, the use of the pipe originally spread among the Spanish sailors, then quickly arriving also in Portugal, France and Holland, however they were built with clay or porcelain and their durability was very limited.
The pipe dates back to the mid-1800s lies which soon supplanted any other type of pipe due to its resistance, economy and the goodness it gave to the taste of the smoke. It is difficult to say where the briar pipe was born because many craftsmen throughout Europe claimed paternity. The most reliable thesis suggests that she was born in France, in the town of St. Claude. In any case, at the beginning of the 1900s the manufacture of briar pipes also spread to England and Italy where the raw material was present.
Italian industry established itself in the last post-war period while English production stood out for the search for high quality from the point of view of the raw material and aesthetics. Go to our handbook "HOW TO SMOKE A PIPE", who will explain how to start smoking it and fully appreciate it!
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