Preparing Rustic Rope Tobacco For Pipe Smoking

Rope tobacco is traditionally cut into coins, but not every rope tobacco is of a consistency to allow for cutting coins. Some are too flaky, others too dense. I picked up about ten different tobaccos from a market here in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (video here), and this rope is the first one I decided to tackle.

Of course, all you need for a plug, which is a stub of rope, of tobacco is a plug knife. Old southern men know all about this. You don't always need to cut into coins. Sometimes chipping or flaking is proper or even best. The tobacco in the video below, for example, is designed for Brazilian country boys to cut into flakes to make corn-husk cigarettes. Enjoy the video, y'all.