It takes some getting used to a clay because it's not like other pipes. Don't overthink it and get all Nervous Nellie over it----that's a recipe for disaster.MikeDennison wrote: ↑Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:09 amSo, my first clay arrived this morning, and I've already taken it for a test drive. First thing I noticed is how fragile it feels...I find myself holding it by the stem very gingerly. Second thing is how small the bowl is. Then, how my lips stick to the stem unless they're completely dry. But I love how it smokes! It's very cool and dry, and I think I'm getting more flavor out of the tobacco. Overall, it's great! I'm just wondering if my anxiety is gonna flare up out of fear of snapping the stem, dropping it, or otherwise damaging it in any of the myriad ways I can imagine.
"Overall, it's great!" It's a different animal and a different experience, one that I enjoy and I trust you'll grow to enjoy it more and more as time goes on. A clay pipe is a fascinating creature, like holding a starfish or a sea urchin in your hand.
Before there were briars, or cobs, or meers, there were clays. Clays are still around. They are not as popular as they used to be, but they are still around for good reasons. They're good smokers.