Peterson pipes are well known and popular. Tons of articles on the Internet about Peterson pipes from Ireland. Petersons are producing pipes since the 19th century. Two Kapp brothers immigrated to the UK in 1866. After they parted a few years later, one brother moved to Dublin and opened a briar and meerschaum shop. Charles Peterson, a Latvian crafstman was hired to make pipes. After the business was inherited by two minor sons, Charles Peterson bought their share and established the Kapp & Peterson brand. In 1891 the System Pipe patent was awarded to Charles Peterson. The famous p-lip patent from 1898 originated from this period. After the death of the original partners (Kapp & Peterson), the company went through different owners. Since 1995 it belongs to Tom Palmer.
The most famous Petersons pipes in my opinion, is the “System Pipes”, originating back to the registered patent since the 1890’s. Other than the System pipes, Petersons has many different varieties, designs and quality pipes, which can be seen on their website. The ‘Dry System’ pipe has a small reservoir which collect moisture before it reaches the smoker. This ensures a cool, sweet and dry smoke with minimal to no tongue bite. The Peterson Lip (p-lip) patent is designed with the whole on the top of the mouthpiece to direct the smoke to the roof of the mouth, thus avoiding tongue bite.
Whether you like them or not, Petersons are good pipes, good value for money. The only possible drawback of the patented “systems” of Petersons are; the directed smoke prevents tongue bite, but can cause tender mouth at the “roof” of the mouth where the smoke arrives due to the p-lip. Also, it can be difficult to clean a Petersons due to its system – pipe cleaners easily et stuck in them. The p-lip does however make clenching much more easier.
I have only one Petersons which I bought from eBay as an estate pipe, in September 2013. I had a similar “System pipe” which I bought in 1979 but gave it away after I stopped smoking – never made that mistake again.
I bought an estate Petersons Kildare in 2013 which I traded for the Greek craftsman-made Zulu. It was a beautiful pipe but I found myself not smoking it enough due to its size (big bowl). But I think its safe to say – every pipe owner should own at least one Petersons in his pipe collection.
I have a new appreciation for my smallish System pipe and will keep it in my rotation. Smokes nice and is an easy clencher and I can confer that the p-lip system does keep the heat away from your tongue.
My latest addition (2016) is three pipes which I’ve received in a Yabo from a great friend from the US. One of them is this full bent Standard Rusticated (314) pipe.