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    Old Dominion - Laughing King review

    Back in February for IPSD, I put in an order at Smokingpipes.com.

    I am a fan of cobs and have only purchased Missouri Meerschaums. There was some talk about a new company making corn pipes, Old Dominion. I thought, "What the heck?" and put threw in a Laughing King model.


    More than anything this pipe has taught me to double check the dimensions of a pipe before you buy it. The bowl diameter was much smaller than I expected; just about enough room to fit a golf tee tamper. The shank/stem looks really cool as it's made from bamboo, but the lack of a button makes it awkward to hold in your mouth. I have been clenching it between my incisors and canines with some success. I don't want to completely bash this pipe though. The cob itself is very sturdy and doesn't feel cheap. Also, it seems that it doesn't impart as much of a MM sweetness to the smoke. It's just that for my money, I will continue buying MM cobs. All in all I'll give it a 5/10.


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    Thanks for the review. I had not heard of these yet.
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    Thanks for the review, Andrew!

    Too bad that the Cob was not exactly the right thing for you!
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    Thank you for the heads up on this corn cob pipe and the issues with it, Andrew.!
    I know I will be paying closer attention to any cobs I might order from them.

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    The reed stem is certainly more traditional on cobs, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's better. It's a good looking cob though, and nice to know that it's of decent quality, if small.

    I think I'll be sticking with MM's as well, though. There's no substitute for experience.
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    Thanks for the review. I also think I'll stick with MM for my cobs.
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    I'm pretty sure the stems are some sort of reed.

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    I also was shocked when I received the Old Dominion. It is very small and servers the function of a "quickie" smoke well. Mostly I burn ropes, Five Brothers and Semois for the nic hit.
    I can resist anything but temptation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockbass View Post
    I also was shocked when I received the Old Dominion. It is very small and servers the function of a "quickie" smoke well. Mostly I burn ropes, Five Brothers and Semois for the nic hit.
    Glad to hear that I wasn't the only one who was surprised. I use mine mostly for Aros.
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    Hey gang, I have a slightly different take on the Old Dominion cobs.

    The Laughing King is a smaller than average bowl size, but it's a deep bowl, I'd put it at an equivalent to a group 3 in terms of bowl size. The Virginia Planter is a bigger and more robust pipe than the Laughing King, and should satisfy those of you who prefer a bigger bowl and longer smoke.

    I had the same reservations about the bamboo stem's button as described above, but I find the bit really easy to clench and actually prefer the feel to the plastic of MM cob stems. I also clench mine between my canine and incisor.

    One thing that I like very much about the Old Dominion cob pipes is how light they are compared to the MM cobs. I find both the Laughing King and Virginia Planter easy to clench, and easy to palm. They are good all around smokers, and make a nice change up for me from MM cobs.

    Given that I use cobs for aromatics or testing tobacco that might otherwise ghost my briar pipes, I like the Laughing King as it is the perfect size, in-between a novelty pipe and a full-sized bowl.

    Here's how my Laughing King arrived from Old Dominion:


    We bought Laughing Kings as the POTY for our little pipe club this year, and included them in each club member's swag bag for our one year anniversary:


    And here are two of my pals enjoying their Laughing King pipes:


    I will buy from Old Dominion again.

    -- Pat
    Last edited by _Pruss_; 07-02-2014 at 18:26.

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