How to select your first pipe?

The house of Gubbels considers an inexpensive pipe as your first a probable recipe for disaster as you are likely to buy a pipe with some serious mechanical problems, which will give you a hell of a time trying to learn to smoke a pipe!


Selecting a pipe is a subtle though complex exercise, involving aesthetics, mechanical and financial considerations:


You must enjoy the look and feel of your pipe. That’s our first rule: buy pipes you like. The best advice is that you look at lots of pipes and pipe styles. Sooner or later a pipe tells you  “take me home”.


Second rule is, that pipes must be constructed in a way that bring you pleasure from smoking it. Especially for beginning pipe smokers a pipe should be easy to clean and lit.


Our third rule is that you buy the absolute best pipe you can afford! You can’t go wrong by buying quality.


The house of Gubbels guarantees best quality in every aspect, aesthetics, mechanics and financials...
For a beginner, choose a BigBen. The seasoned pipe smoker will want to look at our Hilson collection.
And those of you who really want to get something special visit our Bentley collection.


Get inspired

Albert Einstein once remarked that pipe smoking "contributed to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs." Whether the observation is true or not, pipe smoking has had many other famous devotees, among them Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the fictional Sherlock Homes, who often disappeared into a haze of pipe smoke while solving his cases.

Today, pipes are still a symbol of leisurely sophistication. The lengthy rituals of pipe smoking add to that aura: choosing from a variety of pipes and tobaccos, cleaning and loading the briar, puffing and tamping, then sitting in a fragrant swirl of smoke and contemplating life.
Also the younger generation is finding out what it is like to smoke a pipe. According to the statistics, within the States there has been a significant increase in the number of pipe tobacco consumers. Within the United States, many of the fastest growing tobacco companies are now getting their foothold into pipes manufacturing industries. They communicate about the pipe smoking, the beauty of the pipe, its natural grain, the production process and freedom in choice of tobacco flavors.

For us this means a blooming era of pipe smoking. We hope this trend will fly over to Europe as well. When we take a good look at society it wouldn’t be strange to think that pipe smoking is on the increase among younger folks. To spread the experience, the feeling and the lifestyle that comes with pipe smoking we want to address those young people. Because there is so much more to discover.

Al Pascia’s pipe that didn’t exist – A dream come true

There are those who smoke only one pipe and those who prefer to smoke various types. Then there are those that have tried a wide range of pipes, dreaming of the pipe that has not yet been created, and so decide to design and create their own original pipe. This is what happened to the creators at Al Pascia: a well-known Italian reference point at an international level for slow smoking enthusiasts, with numerous exclusive national products. In us, Gubbels Pipes, they found the perfect partner to create this original pipe.


Al Pascia will always keep a large collection of pipes, as it is such a pleasure to smoke them in rotation and to savor the different tastes. Yet, they had been thinking about this non-existent pipe for some time. This was prompted by a Calabash, which owes its cool, dry and mellow smoke to an air chamber in the gourd beneath the bowl. This allows the smoke to expand, cool down and lose its moisture. The only downside to the Calabash is that it is marvelous for armchair smoking, but less convenient for when you would like to enjoy a smoke while on a stroll. So we wondered if there was a way to design a briar pipe that would combine the smoking features of a Calabash (without the gourd) and portability.


A few craftsmen have been working on producing a limited amount of this type of pipe for some time, but it maintained hard to make this product affordable and available to a broad public. So, Al Pascia needed a partner who could perfect the design, identify the technical issues and manage the launch production. And this is where we turn up! We, Gubbels Pipes, have had a standing relationship with Al Pascia for many years, and we proved to be the ideal partner in this realization of this product. Two intense years of design and development followed, through which a new type of pipe was born. This concept pipe proved to be so inspiring that we have decided to become the pipe’s global distributor, as well as its producer.


We, Al Pascia and Gubbels Pipes, are proud to present Curvy – the most compact pipe for a cool & dry smoking experience. Let’s take a look at the features!
The first thing that catches your eye is the broad stem that makes the pipe chubby. The technical feature is hidden within the air chamber that reproduces the Calabash effect without the need for a gourd. The mouthpiece is inserted in a methacrylate disk, which closes the chamber; the combined disk-mouthpiece is easily attached to the stem by applying some pressure and is easy to remove, which makes it easy to clean.


The new and eye-catching Al Pascia pipe is available in two different versions that share the broad stem. If you examine it more closely by touching it and holding it in your hand, you will notice its lightweight and refined design, made by Gubbels Pipes. When you fill up the bowl and light it, you will immediately taste the cool, dry smooth smoke that is unexpected and unprecedented for such a compact pipe. Thus, the new Al Pascia pipe is indeed a wonderful little surprise: an idea and dream becoming reality!