194. 500 and Counting: Brian’s Passion for Petes

Brian has been corresponding with me recently, and as he’s the first Pete Freek I’ve known who has more than 500 Petersons in his collection, I asked him if he’d mind sharing how it came about. He was a bit reluctant at first, but I assured him there are folks all across the globe who

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193. Irish Seconds and the Importance of Gateway Pipes

When Peterson began exporting their Irish Seconds for the first time last year through Smokingpipes.eu, most of the rest of the pipe-smoking world may have thought this was something new, when in fact it’s a practice that goes back to the very beginning of Kapp & Peterson’s history. Back when every town and city had

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192. Prepping Your Estate or New/Old Stock Pete for its First Smoke

What follows is a speculative segment of what may eventually be included in The Pocket Peterson: A Field Guide. I am in hopes that whatever your experience in pipe-smoking and however different it is from mine, you will consider offering your opinion. Your comments will help me revise or discard this piece from the final

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191. More Secrets of the Puzzle Pipe

Not too long ago, Geoff Watson, an erudite archeology photographer, pipe restorationist and Peterson devotee, sent photos of an unusual Made in England System. It was curious for all sorts of reasons and if you haven’t taken a look at Geoff and our first impressions, you might want to take a look. The shape, the

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190. The Peterson – Tinder Box Erin System

I was doing graduate work in Charlottesville, Virginia in the late 1980s, and like most graduate students was somewhere between desperately poor and totally impoverished. I had dropped my glasses and one lens had a spectacular spider-web crack making it impossible to see without closing that eye. There was no hope of getting a new

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189. The Craftsman Series (2014-16)

Brian Riley sent me a great question a few weeks ago. He asked if I knew how many issues there were in the Craftsman Series, and turning to the Identification Guide in The Peterson Pipe I noticed that there wasn’t even an entry for it.  Sigh. The Peterson Pipe does tell the story of how

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