75. Sneak Peek: 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Pipes

This just in from my friends at Tobaccopipes.com–a first look at the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day pipes. Paddy’s Day is still a ways off, but in a sense Paddy’s Day is any day a Pete Nut picks up his favorite Peterson, right?

The Dublin Era (1991 – present) has seen a number of annual comemoratives, including the July 4th, Father’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Christmas pipes. The St. Patrick’s Day pipes began in 1998, and each year I’m sure they scratch their heads in Sallynoggin and try to figure out what to do next. This year marks three firsts for the series: the first army-mounts, the first sterling ferrules, and the first amber-color acrylic stems.

If you watched Tom Palmer’s interview posted a few blogs back, he said Peterson liked to think they’d captured the green, white and orange of the Irish flag this year–something the commemorative did in a more modest way with a triple-ring acrylic band for its first issue in 1998.

As far as shapes go, it appears that Peterson is sticking to a dozen tried-and-true established, smaller Classic Range numbers, including several Pete-lover favorites: the 120 dublin, the 999 rhodesian, the 305 calabash, and the fabulous B10 hybrid. The photo of the flat-bottom 304 isn’t particularly illustrative, but it’s one of Paddy Larrigan’s original designs, a wonderful barrel-“setter.”

The pipes can be pre-ordered at Tobaccopipes.com here in the U.S., and should be out early in the new year.

For those who can’t wait, Tabaccheria Guzzi’s eBay store is offering a few right now on eBay. As you can see from the photos, the finish is something a bit new and different from Peterson. At first I thought it was a matt spray, but I’m not sure at this point. I think I can see a bit of grain beneath the green. I also want to call your attention to the inlaid aluminum P —another indication of the high quality of this year’s release. Note, too, Jason Hinch’s sterling “Hinch Mount” on the 03 and X220.  I’m also excited Peterson is continuing the use of the commemorative sleeve. The laser-engraved shamrock on the laser-stamping is also a nice touch!
Illustrations courtesy Toaccopipes.com
and Tabaccheria Guzzi


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Thomas Greene

Some real beauties for sure!
Thanks for posting!


Hi!! I’m Nick from the blog “Segnali di fumo” (segnalifumo.blogspot.it).
I have this new St. Patrick edition, shape 15.
Wonderful pipe and great contrast green/yellow!!!!
I love this pipe!!

Mark Irwin

Hi Nick! Yes, I’ve visited your blog several times. You must be the first person on the planet to own a 2018 St. Patrick’s Day pipe!

Segnali di fumo (@segnalifumo)

Ahahah!!! Great news!!!!
Ok, if you have observed my blog… you know… i’m a little Peterson maniac!!!!

Mark Irwin

Yes sir, you qualify as what English-speakers call a “Pete Nut.” 🙂


Available already?
From where are they available?

Mark Irwin

As a matter of fact, I do! Look at the revision of the blog text, then click on Tabaccheria Guzzi’s eBay link down on the right side of the blog. They may have more in their official store, although it’s in Italian. Good folks–I bought a great 1909 Antique Reproduction from them not long ago, and they’re quick.

Segnali di fumo (@segnalifumo)

Yes Mark, the pipe is “matte”!
Wonderful finish.


The 2019 St Patrick’s Day has finally been announced.

I won’t post any spoilers, but there will be some very (very) surprised Peterson fans out there.

Here’s a link to the flyer http://www.smokingpipes.com/St.Pat_Peterson-Pipes-2019.cfm

Mark Irwin

Hi David! Thanks for the heads-up. I doubt many folks have seen this yet. I’m still waiting for a few samples to arrive, but it looks like this year the pipes will be out before I get a chance to review them. It’s a great move on Laudisi’s part, I think, to make this statement that they believe in the System as the flagship line.

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