200. Giocomo Penzo’s “Lee Van Cleef” 309 Dutch Billiard

In 1979 actor Lee Van Cleef went to Dublin to make The Hard Way, an Irish hitman film, starring Patrick McGoohan of Danger Man and The Prisoner fame.  Van Cleef, celebrated by cineastes for his spaghetti westerns in the 1960s and 70s, is also held in special regard by pipemen for his roles in Sergio Leone’s Man With No Name trilogy. In two of those films, For A Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, ...
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199. A Chat with Giacomo Penzo, Peterson’s Pipe Specialist

by Adam O’Neill translated by Federica Bruno from the Italian Giacomo Penzo, the man behind the G. Penzo Pipes, is known for a hybrid approach to pipemaking — using his background in industrial design to craft a tool designed to work efficiently, but also one which exudes a sense of stylistic character. Be it Danish-inspired takes on the classics, more overtly Italian renditions, or — more recently — a more English bent from his tenure ...
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198. Peterson Pipe of the Year 2020 / 9BC: Reimagining A Classic

Despite the pandemic, global warming, political and economic woes and general pall of lassitude and negativity that hangs over the globe, Kapp & Peterson has done it again—for the 23rd year in a row they have issued a Pipe of the Year. This year’s pipe is the first new shape designed and offered in the Laudisi era, which makes it all the more exciting for Pete Freeks. It’s being offered in an array of finishes, ...
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197. The New PSB (Peterson Special Blast) Bowl Stamp and Pipes

Last week SPC unleashed two dozen pipes in the Sherlock Holmes and House Pipe ranges with a new bowl stamp: PSB. Both the outstanding blasts and the stamp are worthy of celebration by all true PFs (Pete Freeks). Bowl stamps are important indicators in determining a Peterson pipe’s date and, if the world survives a few more years, there will come a day when someone will pick up an estate Pete and say, “I ...
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196. “It’s PETERSON Time”: the New Pocket Watch (and a glimpse of the POY 2020)

Throughout its history, Kapp & Peterson has issued a variety of branded accessories, from the original Patent “Compliment” 3-in-1 pipe tool to playing cards, pipe racks and ceramic pipe holders, ashtrays, mirrors, matches, tobacco and combination pouches, lapel pins, cuff links, pajamas (!) and coffee mugs. Some of these were available for sale and some promotional items, but as a dedicated Pete Geek, you should always be on the lookout. Just a few weeks ago, ...
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195. Jørgen Jensen: A Danish Collector’s Long Love for Peterson

Jørgen Jensen is a name familiar to you if you've read the comments section of this blog for long. I always look for his verdict as soon as I get out of bed the morning a new post appears, and if it's not there I figure I've got a problem. He is pictured above (left) in rapt conversation with Peterson's master-craftsman Paddy Larrigan (right) at the Sallynoggin factory in the mid-1990s. I've heard only bits ...
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  • 200. Giocomo Penzo’s “Lee Van Cleef” 309 Dutch Billiard

    In 1979 actor Lee Van Cleef went to Dublin to make The Hard Way, an Irish hitman film, starring Patrick McGoohan of Danger Man and The Prisoner fame.  Van Cleef, celebrated by cineastes for his spaghetti westerns in the 1960s and 70s, is also held in special regard by pipemen for his roles in Sergio Leone’s Man With No Name trilogy. In two of those films, For A Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good,...
  • 199. A Chat with Giacomo Penzo, Peterson’s Pipe Specialist

    by Adam O’Neill translated by Federica Bruno from the Italian Giacomo Penzo, the man behind the G. Penzo Pipes, is known for a hybrid approach to pipemaking — using his background in industrial design to craft a tool designed to work efficiently, but also one which exudes a sense of stylistic character. Be it Danish-inspired takes on the classics, more overtly Italian renditions, or — more recently — a more English bent from his tenure at Peterson,...
  • 198. Peterson Pipe of the Year 2020 / 9BC: Reimagining A Classic

    Despite the pandemic, global warming, political and economic woes and general pall of lassitude and negativity that hangs over the globe, Kapp & Peterson has done it again—for the 23rd year in a row they have issued a Pipe of the Year. This year’s pipe is the first new shape designed and offered in the Laudisi era, which makes it all the more exciting for Pete Freeks. It’s being offered in an array of finishes, expanding...
  • 197. The New PSB (Peterson Special Blast) Bowl Stamp and Pipes

    Last week SPC unleashed two dozen pipes in the Sherlock Holmes and House Pipe ranges with a new bowl stamp: PSB. Both the outstanding blasts and the stamp are worthy of celebration by all true PFs (Pete Freeks). Bowl stamps are important indicators in determining a Peterson pipe’s date and, if the world survives a few more years, there will come a day when someone will pick up an estate Pete and say, “I wonder when...
  • 196. “It’s PETERSON Time”: the New Pocket Watch (and a glimpse of the POY 2020)

    Throughout its history, Kapp & Peterson has issued a variety of branded accessories, from the original Patent “Compliment” 3-in-1 pipe tool to playing cards, pipe racks and ceramic pipe holders, ashtrays, mirrors, matches, tobacco and combination pouches, lapel pins, cuff links, pajamas (!) and coffee mugs. Some of these were available for sale and some promotional items, but as a dedicated Pete Geek, you should always be on the lookout. Just a few weeks ago,...
  • 195. Jørgen Jensen: A Danish Collector’s Long Love for Peterson

    Jørgen Jensen is a name familiar to you if you've read the comments section of this blog for long. I always look for his verdict as soon as I get out of bed the morning a new post appears, and if it's not there I figure I've got a problem. He is pictured above (left) in rapt conversation with Peterson's master-craftsman Paddy Larrigan (right) at the Sallynoggin factory in the mid-1990s. I've heard only bits...