Is this cheap pipe even worth trying? (& other beginner questions)
Hello gentlemen and -women!
So, I'm a cigarette smoker, looking to cut down on that crap, and started thinking about trying pipe smoking as a substitute. It seems like a more enjoyable and perhaps less harmful way of smoking, and also it reminds me of my late grandfather, who smoked a pipe.
One thing led to another, and a late night trip to eBay later, and I am now the lucky owner of this:
Since it was so cheap, I figured I'd lose almost nothing by ordering one.
It looks kinda nice, I like the style, but it feels pretty cheap. The bowl is made of metal, as you can see in the pictures - is that common?
Anyhow - my question is simply: Should I even bother to try this pipe? Will it be horrible? Mediocre? Good? Great? Are anyone able to tell, or does anyone have experience with this cheap thing?
(For the record, I haven't aquired any pipe tobacco yet.)
And in general, what are some good, affordable (~$20?) beginner pipes? I see that corn cob pipes are recommended for beginners, but I think those look absolutely awful. Are there alternatives?
Arko, Boar brush, '59 Fatboy (or Lord L6), Personna Meds/Feather, GFT Skin Food. Smooth!