231. The New Irish Harp Sandblasted

The Irish Harp line first appeared nineteen years ago in 2002, looking just like the smooth Irish Harp looks now, with a glossy, ruby-tinged walnut stain, sterling band with the Irish Harp, cumberland-pattern acrylic fishtail with imbedded aluminum P: Smoker’s Guild #4 (2002) The popularity of the line is evident in its continuous presence in

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230. K&P’s Apple Tree: A Visual History of the Shape

I love a good apple. That is, a good Malus domestica. Not that it’s easy to find them in most grocery stores. But as a pipe shape? Not really. I’ve just never paid much attention to it, maybe because it’s so omnipresent in the Danish-influenced shape charts of so many contemporary artisans. I know a

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229. The New Deluxe Classics Line & A Look Back at its History

Friday, May 28th, 2021 will see the retail launch of the new Deluxe Classics range, an exciting development in Kapp & Peterson’s commitment to its history and the production of fine non-System pipes that stretches back to the company’s beginnings in 1893. I got to speak with Josh Burgess, managing director at K&P, who was

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228. Dating A Hollco-Rohr Catalog

With the prices on K&P estate pipes taking some big jumps in recent months, I thought it might be time to look at one of my favorite eras: the Late Republic (1969-1989), as seen in a Hollco-Rohr distributor catalog that came to me after The Peterson Pipe went to the printer in 2019. It might

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227. Professor Schantz’s DIY on an SPD 2020

“Professor” John H. Schantz Jr., CPG, wrote me recently with a great DIY he performed on a St. Patrick’s Day 2020. As I’ve always wanted a System Pete with a green & black vulcanite cumberland stem, I had to share this story with you. Yes, technically John’s stem is swirled green & black, but it’s

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