I don’t know much about pipes, but The Art of Manliness had a great primer today on smoking a pipe. Everything from the materials needed (a pipe, tamper/cleaner, matches/lighter, tobacco) to how to smoke. Check out the full article here.
I’ve seen many people compare cigars and pipes, and in general both have their merits. I say to each their own. I’ve only smoked a pipe a handful of times, but I’m definitely craving a pipe after reading that article.