Hello again. I just finished my first week of snufftaking. During this week, I took the opportunity to read the most recent 15 pages of this forum's Snufftaking board and I learned a lot. I tried most of the techniques for pinching that I ran across.
As I mentioned in my first post, the only snuffs I have now are the two available locally until my Mr. Snuff orders arrive: McChrystal's O&G and W.E. Garrett's Scotch XX, both fine, dry snuffs.
My technique is as follows: I use a modified form of the "bunny sniff" technique like this: I take a good-sized pinch, tilt my head back, place the snuff right above my nose with my finger and thumb touching it. Then I take short, sharp sniffs, only rolling my fingers when I'm actually sniffing, until the entire pinch is in my nose. While sniffing, I wrinkle my nose like a sniffing rabbit which seems to have the effect of at least partially closing the back part of my nasal passages.
Using this technique, I have had no throat hits and the snuff doesn't end up all over my clothes or the ground. I know that fine, dry snuffs are a challenge for a newbie, but this technique works for me and I'm happy with it. I hope it works for all kinds of snuff, but I won't know until I've tried it with my orders when they arrive.
I take at least two bumps of O&G first thing in the morning to wake me up and then use the Scotch all day. I'm not really a fan of unscented snuffs, so I'm anxiously awaiting my orders.
Please feel free to comment.