Kip Fisher

Co-Founder at Half Ashed
A cigar enthusiast since 1994, I strayed into deeper involvement with the tobacco industry just before founding The Cigarmy blog in 2011.  This preoccupation grew once more when I co-founded Half Ashed with Craig Schneider in February 2013.  With the consolidation of The Cigarmy and Half Ashed in late 2014, you can now read my cigar reviews, news and editorial commentary here - and catch me live on every episode of the Half Ashed Cigar Podcast.

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  1. MoBarbq says

    Nice review. I like that it carries a pipe tobacco nuance, sounds good.
    On an unrelated note, I have to know, though, what kind of fountain pen is that?
    I am a fountain pen nut, too! Looks like a nice one.

  2. CigArmy - Kip says

    That was made by an acquaintance of mine on a pipesmoking forum. He only recently began offering up some of his pens for sale. Happily, I managed to get one. He just last week put a few up on a website to raise funds for a mission trip he is planning, but I think most of them are already gone. You can find his site at: It is a great pen – nice heft and feel, and equipped with a Bock nib that does a great job on the paper. I like it a lot.

  3. CigArmy - Kip says

    Oh, by the way…the pipe tobacco association stopped prelight. I would stop short of saying the actual smoke was similar. But, it definitely had that Rattray’s “hay” aroma and flavor on the cold draw.

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