Today is National Pipe Smoking Day. Pipe smokers and tobacco retailers all over the world are celebrating the recognition of one of the more artful modes of smoking. While the use of pipes has dramatically diminished over the last 20 years, I have read in recent months that some dealers are seeing an upswing in sales. This is exciting news, because the more interest that is shown by consumers, the more innovation is inspired by producers of the product. Pipes have a deep tie to a nostalgic past, but over the years, new technologies and resources have maintained a contemporary place for them as well. New tobacco blends are always being created and there isn't a better time to try out the art and enjoyment of pipe smoking. A good place to try for a wide range of pipes, tobaccos, and accessories is Smokingpipes.com. Pictured below is everybody's favorite menace, Vincent Price. However, here he is in a more dashing and sophisticated moment, pipe in hand, staring off into an imaginary cinematic distance. If I had to make a guess, I'd say he is smoking a Peterson pipe. Many of the Irish pipemaker's models are characterized by the use of a wide silver shank band incorporated into the design.