38. Lubinski’s Peterson Lines for 2014

A127ABnFollowing up on the recent blog on Mario Lubinski’s Italian-market Peterson lines for 2013, here’s what was added to the 2013 lineup in the 2014 catalog.

 

Kapp Royal

A128N01eThe Kapp Royal line was actually introduced by Lubinski around 2004, and remains the pinnacle of what I know about his co-creations with Peterson. I wanted to be sure to include it here because his 2014 on-line catalog had so many wonderful illustrations of what the line looks like. It’s got the embedded aluminum P, of course (indicative of Peterson’s highest lines). And it’s also got Lubinski’s favorite stem—the marmalade acrylic, reminiscent of the old amber. I’ve noticed 2015 and 2016’s acrylic marmalade stem stock has been improved over earlier years—you can expect more interesting striation patterns than the ones you see in these illustrations.

A128N02CDIn 2014, Lubinski introduced the Kapp Royal Cumberlands—changing out the marmalade for a dark brown with reddish swirl “cumberland” acrylic stem. Don’t confuse this with the old -style vulcanite cumberland of red and brown striations, or you’ll be disappointed (or maybe you won’t). I’ve got a spigot-version of this stem on an XL339, and while it’s beautiful under bright light, in some lighting conditions it just looks shiny-black.

A128C02NcI would love to see Peterson do something in a standard line with traditional “brindle” or cumberland stem rod stock. I know these have a bit of a matt finish and will never really take a high shine, but they’re fascinating to look at, and like black vulcanite are so much more comfortable between the teeth than acrylic. In my experience, they don’t seem to oxidize like black vulcanite, either. Of course, while we’re at it, a green and black or green and white cumberland stem  would be even more in keeping with Peterson, wouldn’t it?

A128C03NcKapp Royals seem to be the result of high-end bowl surplus or selection, or maybe Lubinski just asks for a certain number of these in any shape. I say that because the shapes themselves appear to be totally random—they could be from the Classic Lines  catalog or culled from the POY or special collection B shapes.

They’ve become so popular that beginning a few years ago some U.S. e-tailers began offering them, at least in their marmalade-mouthpiece configurations. If you’re looking for the cumberland mouthpieces, shop at the Italian vendors.

 

Ashford

A127AG4BThe Ashford was actually introduced in 2013, but it didn’t appear in the Lubinski catalog until 2014. It’s named after Ashford Castle, near Cong, Ireland, where John Ford and his crew stayed while filming The Quiet Man in 1952. It’s a pricey venue, and quite beautiful.

Ashford Castle GateAn Ashford Castle Gate — All I Could Afford to Show You

Anyway, the Ashford line took off like a rocket, according to Tony Whelan, Jr., and like the nickel-band Aran (also originally a Lubinski co-creation), went to world-wide distribution very quickly.

A127AG3AWI think the reason for its huge success is that it says “Peterson” in such an inviting way. As an army-mount pipe, it updates and rings changes on Peterson’s long-standing Irish Army and System aesthetic. It features a sterling ferrule and glossy black over walnut high-contrast stain. The bowls used are high-quality, but lack sufficient grain for a lighter stain.  The mouthpieces are acrylic fishtail, of course, being an Italian release, and are stamped with a silver hot foil P.

A127AG2AA127AG1WHere in the U.S. expect to see the acrylic cumberland stem, although I find Lubinksi’s marmalade mouthpiece offerings visually more enticing. You can expect to see both Classic Lines and B shapes, although most of the B shapes will be coming through Lubinski.

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De Luxe System Natural

The System is one of my favorite Peterson subjects, and watching it change in stain and finish over the decades, subtract then add new shapes, gave me a great deal to talk about in The Peterson Pipe’s System chapter. The De Luxe, thankfully, has not degraded in its mouthpieces like the Standard and Premier of recent years. In fact, Peterson seems to be at pains to make sure the De Luxe remains one of its finest lines, although they’re getting fairly difficult to source and amount to only a very small part their total production.

A114I don’t know whether the De Luxe System Natural actually made its first appearance in 2014, but I like the Lubinski catalog illustrations because he requested that some of them be made up in the old B or tapered stems as well as the standard-issue S or saddle.

A113If you’ve never owned a Peterson in the natural finish, I recommend the experience, which can be had in several of their lines, including the Royal Irish, the Kapp Royal and the Supreme. The grain actually seems to be become more pronounced the more you smoke the pipe. The bowl also becomes just a little darker with each smoke. It’s a fascinating process to watch.

 

Pipe catalog pages courtesy Lubinski.it

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They definitely chose some beautiful examples to use for the catalog pages.

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I just picked up a Deluxe System Natural from the “Market Tobacco Patch” here on vacation in Seattle. It’s a little out of the way shop in Pike Market with a very good selection of Peterson’s. He had one of the XL5s with the tapered stem but I didn’t buy it because it’s not my favorite shape of pipe. I’m too likely or too scared to ding the sharp edge. I instead picked up a beautiful 20s with tight cross grain and almost zero rootmarks. I can’t wait to see this one darken with use.

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Hey Brobs, The 20s is a classy pipe, sir, and is Paddy Larrigan’s favorite shape–Larrigan, now in his mid-90s, was Peterson’s master craftsman from the 70s through the early 90s.

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Agreed – a Cumberland vulcanite stem would be welcome here. The Naturals are wonderful smokes, and would be even better with vulcanite stems. And if only I could find one in an XL90 (B or tapered), or 307 (spigot!?)….

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Al Jones is now the owner of my XL90 Natural, or I’d make you an offer. As it is, I’m first in line if he ever decides to part with it (“when hell freezes over” were his exact words, if I recall). The 307 spigot in a Natural? That you’d have to own a time machine for, back say 10-15 years when John Dromgoole at the Grafton Street store was conjuring up miracles like that on a regular basis. Now if you’re just wanting a System Spigot 307, that can be arranged–there are several shops with those in stock! They… Read more »

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… Hmmm. Interesting. Learning more and more.

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Ralle P

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You snuck in mention of an XL339….one of the shapes that are so elusive…
And yes the yellow acrylic stems…tho’ I own a few with such, I would have preferred black. Blame it on my old guy conservatism – I doubt the ladies would think I’m a young guy, even with a yellow stemmed pipe 🙂

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Hi Linwood! Yes, I had one made way back in 2014. I no longer companion that pipe–it wanted a new home. But as far as the yellow acrylics go, I just had a conversation with Glen Whelan at Peterson about them. He’s always felt, following Mario Lubinkski’s early devotion to them in the late 1970s, that they are an homage to the original amber stems. Done correctly, I would have to agree. In fact, Glen said he’s always wished there were Deluxe and Premier systems with the yellow acrylic P-Lips, again as a nod to history. As far as the… Read more »

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