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303. SPECIAL BULLETIN: Halloween Pipe 2022 Drops 9/28/2022

The second annual Halloween pipe is here. Per Andy Wike, Marketing Director at Laudisi, “they’ll be available for retail sale Wednesday, September 28th starting at 6:00 p.m. ET.”

After last year’s fright-fest Halloween System, with its Dracula line-inspired red and black acrylic P-Lip, this year’s nickel-mount black blast army mount with its pumpkin acrylic F/T—by way of contrast—offers a quieter but nonetheless welcome autumnal take on Halloween.

I’ve loved “leaf peeping” since I was a boy and we’d attend the Maple Leaf Festival in the little Missouri town of Carthage where my parents grew up. In Finland, it’s called ruska in, as friend Gilbert Ludwig can tell you, or momijigari as my old neighbor Totoro in Japan would say. By whatever name, the season is one of our deepest affirmations that impermanence and letting go are part of who we are. Celebrating the turning of the year and a less hectic, cooler climate (here in the northern hemisphere) seems ideal for a late night smoke on under starry nights, and what better to do it with than a Peterson?

This year’s army mount follows the custom established at K&P, with stamps gathered together on the smooth under shank. The stem color in my photos and the studio shots is very friendly to the camera and in this case what you see on your screen is what you’ll see in real life—a beautiful shade matching the orange of fall foliage perfectly. As usual, these are all in the standard sandblast grade, although a few shapes, like the 999 I looked at, are quite nice.

There are a number of shapes on offer running the gamut of the catalog and including three of the XL / SH shapes: the XL11 Original, the XL17 Watson and the XL16 Professor. Other shape include the 01 short dutch, 03 small bent apple, 05 calabash, 65 bent billiard, 80s, bent bulldog, 86 apple, 102 small billiard, 106 medium billiard, 124 small dublin, 127 bent dublin, 150 bulldog, 221 and 230 bent billiards, 306 large setter, 338 small dutch, 406 small prince, 606 small pot, 701 tankard, 999 rhodesian, B10 rhodesian and B42 bent brandy—the SPC lineup.

I noticed that on the Christmas pipes, SPEu dropped an additional shape not seen in the initial SPC release (the 338 small dutch), so there may be an additional surprise shape or two from them. Like Daniel said in the comments below, an XL02 would be a terrifically “pumpkinesque” addition. I’d love to see it in either the ball or the fat-bottom version!!

If you want a truly Irish Halloween smoke, you can’t go wrong with any from the Irish Quartet seen above. From the bottom up, first the vastly underappreciated and quintessentially Peterson 306 “Beer Barrel Pub Sitter,” designed by Paddy Larrigan back in the 1980s. Then the 124, the slim dublin used on the original 1947 churchwarden release. Above that, the Speciality Tankard, also from the 1940s, and at top the small apple 406 which was also originally seen on the 1940s churchwardens. And these top three, as I like say, show the True Irish design language, “where straight is always a little bent.”

X221, 80s, 406

There are, as most of us know, four established annuals in the Kapp & Peterson lineup. At the top and least in numbers is the POY or Pipe of the Year (1998— ), the most expensive and most limited in number. Next in prestige comes the Christmas pipe (2009— ), produced in the greatest numbers. After that, the moderately priced St. Patrick’s Day (1998— ), probably in about the same numbers. And finally, in the smallest numbers apart from the POY, the Halloween pipe (only 850 last year). I don’t know if K&P is planning on continuing the Carroll of Carrollton as a kind of July 4th limited edition, but if so, it certainly ranks up next the POY as a higher grade and in even smaller numbers. K&P has experimented with a number of annuals over the years, and while the POY, Christmas and SPD have entrenched themselves, others like the Father’s Day, July 4th and Samháin (the original Halloween) were tried and let go.

The “Cobra” 03 (Prof. Schantz’s great nick-name for the new version of the 03)

I suspect the Halloween pipe may be around for a few years, as the holiday has become steadily more important, a black mirror of Christmas in some ways, at least here in the US.  It’s odd, but from a sociological viewpoint, I kind of get it: we balance our fear of decay, loss and death (Halloween) with our hope of new life, light and regeneration (Christmas).

The Electronic Strutcard
Photos by Chas. Mundungus
Stock photos courtesy Laudisi Enterprises
Thanks to Andy Wike & Josh Burgess at SPC & K&P

 

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PINECONES OF IRELAND

Found in the vicinity of Deansgrange, near Dublin,
typical examples of the Irish Strobilus Kapp-Blaszczak Smokimus

“Throughout the span of recorded human history,
pinecones have been a symbol of human enlightenment,
resurrection, eternal life and regeneration.” —Sarah Greenman

 

 

 

 

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John Schantz
John Schantz
2 months ago

I like the pumpkin stem, sandblast, not so much, but these look pretty good. Maybe an X221, 406, 124, 127, or B42. Too many pipes to close together again🙁

Daniel
Daniel
2 months ago

Gotta say I’m disappointed that this year’s lineup doesn’t include the XL02; it is, after all, pumpkin-shaped 🎃

Martin
Martin
2 months ago

I like the black & orange. My favourite B10 and B42.

David F M
David F M
2 months ago
Reply to  Martin

The B10 is at the top of my list too.

That B42 seems to be “the thing” this year. Should be a lot of happy Pete Geeks.

John Schantz
John Schantz
2 months ago
Reply to  David F M
As for the B42…I only like some of the shape iterations, the ones that hew closer my original.  Some get too “Danish Brandy” compared to the “Big Apple” it should be.
Last edited 2 months ago by John Schantz
John Schantz
John Schantz
2 months ago
Reply to  David F M

As for the B42, I like the shapes that hew close to my original. Some of the new iterations have a “Danish Brandy” shape. The B42 should be a “Big Apple”.

I’m not sure how my other post was changed to big blue letters?.. Ignore it.

David F M
David F M
2 months ago
Reply to  John Schantz

John
It was the font goblins that changed your first post. You see, they’re attracted to tobacco as they feed off its smoke and…..well, you get the picture.

Andy Camire
Andy Camire
2 months ago

Received this email/posting after 1 a.m. Dear friend Mark, I see that you really enjoy smoking and burning the candle til the wee hours. LOL
Wonderful morning info on the Halloween Pipe for this year. Your amazingly wonderful photography and well executed layout put this message over the top. Thanks for the heads up on yet another limited release from our friends at Peterson’s.

Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
2 months ago

I like the sandblast, same as last years and Xmas pipes. It’s like a smoothblast:)
I am in for a Darwin.

Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton
2 months ago

Ah, the changing of the seasons. Fall is a favorite time, with the changing colors of the leaves. Best Fall time memories I have related to leaves were evening walks through Utica Square. Colorful damp leaves drifted so high, that when shuffled through, would emit a wonderful aroma that was immediately associated with the season. Now about those Halloween pipes. Hey those look really good with the orange stem and black, blasted bowl for contrast. I rarely have gone in for these annual type offerings, as I usually like to search out the old and obscure pipe, rarely buying a… Read more »

Scott
Scott
2 months ago

I like the 406, sorta has a witches cauldron vibe to it.

Al Jones
Al Jones
2 months ago

I’m impressed. I’ve never cared for previous Halloween pipes, too gimmicky for me. I really like the contrast of the stain/sandblast with the pumpkin stem. But, no P-lip, so that is a no-go for me. I don’t understand the rationale of not offering an option (or standard) of the iconic Peterson button.

Christopher Lauer
Christopher Lauer
2 months ago

Thanks again for another great write up Mark! I especially like the “Pinecones of Ireland” I really do like the black sandblast and the orange stem combination but I think a black/orange swirled stem would have been cooler. I think I’m in for either a 406 or 03 unless they surprise us with a XL02.

David F M
David F M
2 months ago

I second Christopher’s motion. I too like the “pinecones of Ireland” closing.

Don’t worry, Mark, while I admit I missed it the first time around, your humor isn’t going to waste.

Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
2 months ago

Trying to figure out the rationale behind these. They aren’t very great, so is it just the idea of smoking the pipe for the Fall/Halloween? Or is it hoping people will begin yet another collection? I think they’d be better off stamping a pumpkin on the front of a smooth pipe, perhaps protecting the pumpkin image and blasting around it. I don’t know. Just doesn’t work for me. (I hope constructive feedback is appreciated).

David F M
David F M
2 months ago

I like them. In my opinion, holiday pipes should be a little bit fun. The more fun the better. We can get a nice walnut stain with black stem anytime. It’s nice to have an option of getting something that represents the holiday as a way of celebrating it. I like the orange and black combination. Yes, it’s an obvious choice for Halloween, but that’s perfectly ok. As soon as we hear “orange pipe” it sounds a bit strange. Yes! That’s exactly what makes the holiday so much fun. Look out the window. If you see a witch, a vampire,… Read more »

John Schantz
John Schantz
2 months ago
Reply to  David F M

I saw one of the online retailers had a Halloween pipe that was a sandblasted pipe with a shape similar to a Savinelli 320 or 321 that was orange stained with a black stem. I though they looked ok for a fun Halloween pipe. It had the pumpkin shape and color but was not crazy wild over the top either.

David F M
David F M
2 months ago
Reply to  John Schantz

John,
Yes, I know which one you mean. I like the look of the pipe.

I don’t know how far “off topic” is acceptable here, so I’ll be a bit vague. I wonder what company makes those pipes. Their shape numbers seem awfully familiar somehow, if you get my drift.

J. Keatley
J. Keatley
2 months ago

Okay, I’m the one who complained about the dark finish and poorly stamped nomenclature on the 2022 Christmas Pete’s. A few of you agreed. But, now I see why the Pe – – – – on name stamp doesn’t bother you Pete Geeks. You didn’t even see the fly sitting on the shank of the opening picture of the Peterson 102! 😂 In my humble opinion, Peterson did well with the black sandblast and orange stem. But, why can’t they spend a couple more bucks and place a hot-foil P on the stem. It would break up all the orange… Read more »

David F M
David F M
2 months ago
Reply to  J. Keatley

It’s a nice fly. The detail is very sharp. I don’t recall them doing this before. It wasn’t on last year’s halloween. Do you know why it’s only on the 102?

I’m with you on the P stamp. Every time they don’t add the P, someone (yes, I’m one of them too) says that they should have done it. It’s missing from this year’s elf army as well.

J. Keatley
J. Keatley
2 months ago
Reply to  David F M

David F M,
With the Halloween Peterson’s the more flies you have the higher the grade of briar. Lol. Or it may be the closest pipe to the days old chainsaw massacre. Even with the fly it was a very good article Mark Irwin…if you’re “listening.”

John Schantz
John Schantz
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

I say, just put the aluminum P in all of them. It can’t be that much more work or cost? Maybe it is?

David F M
David F M
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Fair enough. I can see the painted version lasting longer, now that you mention it.

I still prefer some form of the P to nothing.

And to echo J. likewise a nice article and please accept a “thank you” for doing it.

David F M
David F M
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Have you ever seen an amber stem with a fly inside it?
I wonder if there are any examples.

David F M
David F M
2 months ago

Mark,
You noted that they added the 338 to this year’s Elf Army after the initial announcement. I just noticed that I have an Elf Army 2020 in shape 230. That one wasn’t supposed to be there. I even checked peterson.ie to be sure.

Is Peterson adding Easter eggs to their Christmas pipes?

I wonder how long they’ve been doing this? Surely, everyone would have noticed if they added an unexpected shape to last year’s Christmas, but what about other holiday pipes? Has anyone noticed this?

Maybe the Great Pumpkin will bring me a 304 this year. Who knows…

David F M
David F M
2 months ago

No Halloween theme pipe rest?

Just for the record (if you’re listening Peterson), I would have been willing to pay a little more for one as an optional add-on or just sold on its own.

Alex W
Alex W
2 months ago

PINECONES OF IRELAND. 😉

Martin
Martin
2 months ago

I think I scored the first one here in EU. My B42 got some nice cheeks. Right now plenty on the site. Good Luck to all.

David F M
David F M
2 months ago
Reply to  Martin

Congrats! I hope you enjoy it.

David F M
David F M
2 months ago

Hmmm

No 221 or 338
On the EU site?

Curious. Did they sell out that quickly?

Merely an observation.

I’m waiting for the US drop. I’m sure I won’t have a problem getting my 05.

Christopher Lauer
Christopher Lauer
2 months ago

I ended up going with the 701. I didn’t have this shape yet.

David F M
David F M
1 month ago

Have you tried that 701 yet? How do you like it?

Christopher Lauer
Christopher Lauer
1 month ago
Reply to  David F M

Hi David, the pipe just arrived today so I haven’t had a chance to try it out. I’ll let you know.

Paul Combs
Paul Combs
2 months ago

The stem color contrast with the bowls is quite attractive and oh so many shapes to choose from. Too bad no P-Lip or system versions – that would have been tempting. Maybe next year. :-O

David F M
David F M
2 months ago

Wow!
The 65 shape seems to be the hot seller on this release. They’re already all sold out. Yes, I know they’ll restock, but the point is that they’ve already sold and I’m writing this just a few hours after the Thursday restocking.

No X220 that I can find. Does anyone know if they EVER posted these for sale?

By the way, I’m merely curious about what shapes are selling as an indication of what might be popular. My choice was an 05 and it’s shipped.