Tuesday at 6pm EDT, Smokingpipes.com will release the Deluxe System Revival 9B.
This is an SPC, US-only release. There will be NO SPE, Europe release.
The 2023 Deluxe System Revival 9B is almost here! It’s a beautiful, elegant System utilizing the 2020 POY bowl to give us something old, something new: a new entry in the System shape chart utilizing the old tapered B stem. As you can see, it evokes everything we love about the Patent Deluxe System:
Length: 5.75 in. / 146.05 mm.
Weight: 2.35 oz. / 66 g.
Bowl Height: 2.10 in. / 53.5 mm.
Chamber Depth: 1.83 in. / 46.6 mm.
Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in. / 19.30 mm.
Outside Diameter: 1.58 in. / 40.13 mm.
Stem: P-Lip Vulcanite
The word “revival” is meant in at least two senses, maybe more. In the first place, it uses the 2020 POY 9BC bowl. This was itself Laudisi Peterson’s second ‘revival’ POY. It is a gorgeous shape, meticulously designed by Giacomo Penzo, K&P’s pipe specialist to evoke not so much the chubby 9BC that Pete Geeks have long sought on the estate market as the original Charles Peterson shape 9 bowl from 1896, which is a more sinuous, svelte design.
Length: 5.48 in. / 139.19 mm.
Weight: 2.20 oz. / 62.37 g.
Bowl Height: 2.07 in. / 52.58 mm.
Chamber Depth: 1.77 in. / 44.96 mm.
Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in. / 19.50 mm.
Outside Diameter: 1.55 in. / 39.5 mm.
Stem: P-Lip Vulcanite
The 9B from the 1906 catalog
The 9B shape from the 1906 catalog features a longer stem that many are familiar with these days. Lance Dahl wrote me just yesterday with a photo of his own 1926 HM 9B with the 2020 9BC PSB:
And here’s where the second “revival” comes in, I think: it’s a first-time revival of the short BC wear gap-length stem from the Patent era!
The System 9B Revival might have been called the “9BC” revival except for the fact that it would rather confusing for modern pipe smokers considering the recent 2020 POY 9BC and the chubby 9BC of the estate markets.
This use by K&P of the BC-style stem is intentional, I believe, because in negotiation for the PPN 2023 pipe, one of the things I was interested in doing was a “BC” type stem and in the course of conversation I learned that K&P already had such a project under way!*
The 9B from the 1955 catalog
There is no illustration of shape 9 with the B or BC stem in the 1896 catalog and while the B is in the 1955 catalog, as you can see it’s the chubbier version of the 9 bowl that debuted c. 1939 in the Rogers 1939 catalog as Standard System 357. That bowl would subsequently be numbered the XL307, 307 and 9s: a shape that has been in production since that time.
Horizontal rim displaying stem bend on rusticated Revival 9B
Dropped rim displaying clenching shelf on Revival 9B
The stem bend is awesome and historically correct, allowing the front rim of the bowl to dip about 15 degrees. The stem’s proportions seem quite elegant within the total design. I’d chose this version of the shape over the 1896, 1906 or 1955 any day. And I can already speak to the chamber dimensions, since I companion the 2020 POY 9BC: it’s classically proportioned so you can stuff any type of blend in it and come up with a great smoke.
Included in the ephemera is a small silver polishing cloth measuring 3.75″ x 3.75.” I’m glad K&P is including one in their sterling-mounts, as the suede cloth pipe sock (which I love) seems to oxidize the band. I know of a few Pete Geeks who don’t polish their sterling or nickel bands (what would St. Benedict say?), but I’ve used Sunshine Polishing Cloths for many years now, finding bright metal work enhances the pleasure of my smoke. For best results—as a flautist told me years ago—dampen the sterling with saliva prior to polishing.
I like the very gritty blast technique on the standard sandblast. I don’t know if we’ll see this on all of them, but it’s present on two sandblast samples I’ve handled. The feel is great if you like “gnarly.” Ebony and PSB finishes will also be available:
The name is intriguing—Deluxe Revival. Josh Burgess at K&P told me, “I think it’s possible we’ll do something here in the future if the right opportunity presents itself.” Here’s to hoping! MRSP $265.00.
Many thanks to Josh Burgess and Andy Wike at K&P and Laudisi
*Spoiler alert: Yes, the PPN 2023 pipe will have a BC stem as well!
Apologies if this is a dumb question (or if you have answered this and I missed it) but what exactly does “revival” entail? Is this going to be a regular production pipe or will this be only available in a limited 1-run quantity? Thanks for the heads up son this great looking pipe!
Paul-not at all. Re-read the post and you’ll find 3 reasons why it’s called a “revival.” Yes, it is a limited run.
The Peterson 9B is a matter of pride and history…to add…to one’s collection! Thank you for this valuable information 😊👍👍
Is this the same as the Ulysses? Love the dark bowl so may have to get that one 🙂
I can’t say Bob. The stem length is different of course. But are they the same bowls?
Definitely seems the same bowl. Think we would need to ask Adam to confirm.
My favourite System shape after Mark Twain.
Awesome love that shape very much. Thanks for providing crucial information.
Apologies if this is a dumb question (or one that you have answered and I just missed) but what does “revival” entail? Specifically do you know if this is a limited and/or one-time release, or is Peterson bringing the 9B back as a regular offer? Thanks!
Paul, that’s complicated but if you’ll re-read the post you’ll see I addressed it as thoroughly as I could! LOL. But no, it’s not going to be a “regular.”
I have the date saved on my calendar!
Love this shape Mark and it really shines with the System stem.
Yes, it’s really lovely, isn’t it?
Thank You , For the the special bulletin Mark, just when I thought I was out they pull me back in !, then again when the Peterson aesthetic grabs hold especially in the classic way, your never out..
Hmm, not released in the EU today. Maybe friday as rare collectibles ???
Martin, you might call SPE directly before then if you have a finish you want. Yes, probably Friday then.
Mailed with Federica this morning she told me it`s US exclusiv. Lucky Amerikans.
Thanks for the heads-up. Just ordered mine – Dark Smooth.
Sooo, with the spoiler alert BC stem PPN….is it…..could it be…..naw….we couldn’t be that lucky….can we?
The end of the run of the POY 2022 bowls?
Screwed again because I actually have to work…..no Smooth 9B System Deluxe for me or any fir that matter. I’m tired of being suckered into buying Peterson’s firewood….no more.
Nope. I wish that were the case, Professor, but my understanding was that those bowls are gone. Maybe, though, they’ll do a “Revival” with a wear-gap on the 4.
No, anything but the 4…I can’t take another, really, it’s near the bottom of the list for me…..although a wear-gap would be better. Maybe one of the old POY’s or the Hopkin’s B51, Starboard B58…I know, I know, it’s gotta be a System🙁
Hoping you find this link in time 👍🏻
That would be a no🙁
Thanks for the effort though.👍🏻
I see a variety of finishes. Did they have many brown smooth? I too missed this. I saw on Instagram that this appears to be a limited edition wondering if numbered and Will they get more?
The smooths were gone in about 15 minutes. The PSBs in another 15. Some of the sandblasts I liked, actually, even better than the PSBs. A bit wilder, more gnarly.
No not true with 15/30 minutes, a couple of hours for the dark smooth and the PSB even longer. I was at SPC for the release to have a look but as a European citizen I was waiting for the EU release to avoid another 25% in tax re-importing… Fooled again…
Thanks for the correction! It sure seemed like that while I was sitting here. In case you read this–there WILL be a special SPE / Europe ONLY release of a pipe you may really want in the near future…. “Say no more.”
Mark, Excellent news for us European geeks !!
Yes I need one smooth 9b, badly.
Totally lost on b/bc stems, especially after the 14b…
All the best, Bjorn
..forgot, yes in the end I bought a 9b sandblast from SPC
Thank you I was able to snag a PSB blast. I liked both the PSB and smooth brown finish.
Ordered mine within minutes of the drop as I have been regretting not picking up a 2020 POY – though I hope to see other shapes use the BC stem (notably, the shape 2).
Well, in spite of spending a boatload of money at the Chicago show this weekend, and in spite of trying to save up for the 2023 PPN pipe… I caved and ordered a sandblast last night. Why did they have to drop this two days after the show??? 😄
Because they knew YOU would buy one, ‘natch. LOL. I, too, thought I could pass this up. But–*sob*–such was not the case… Now, as I said to you at the show, I know a place to sell blood platelets just down the road….
By the way, Mark, the (previously) unsmoked 1988 silver-rimmed System meerschaum is starting to show some color. I smoked it two or three times at the show, and now that I’m home, I’m trying it out with a meerschaum “button” in the bottom of the bowl. I don’t particularly like how pipes smoke with one of those in there, but I’ve used them before and think they might possibly help with coloring, at least in the early stages.
I also snagged a PSB with a subtle blast that kept the shape well defined, also I picked out a shape for my Son back at FT Campbell KY fresh returned from Romania serving in the 101st Air Assault,I Love me some Peterson pipes he says, I said the right ones my Son, witch was one of the regular sandblasts, with beautiful grain possibly better than mine with the shape also well defined , I don’t understand how that one missed the PSB stamp, I also liked very much the brown, Thank You, And I am very much interested in… Read more »
James, I too saw several fantastic blasts which I actually thought were a bit “gnarlier” than the PSBs!! James, fill out the Google Form on SUNDAY. It won’t be up until then. We got the go-ahead to up the total # of pipes.
Manny thanks to you Mark, I will. And looking forward to doing so, on the regular blast if I hadn’t already paid for the PSB that I picked i would have gotten the regular blast cause it seems to have more of that stout shank that I love more than others, but the stems those stems,, I would have bought one just for the stem.
Four dark brown smooth B9s just listed! Godspeed 👍🏻