115. New 2018 Shape Chart from Peterson

Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to the new blog site!

Peterson aficionados are in a niche-of-a-niche hobby, I suppose, and while we aren’t very vocal in the pipe-smoking community, we are found in at least 145 of the 195 nations on the planet according to my blog statistics. That being the case, I’ve been hoping for a long time that Google Translate would come of age to the extent of making translations possible on the blog site, and now, thanks to WordPress, it is. Other Peterson fans, like Kinski at http://segnalifumo.blogspot.com/, have long offered this type of hospitality, and I’m grateful now that this site can now also do so.

I’ve also wanted a PDF button for years and years. Those of you who remember Neill Archer Roan’s incredible blog A Passion for Pipes will remember that little button, and hopefully you used it every time you read one of his insightful posts so that you could go back when you wanted to refer to one or another of them. I wish now I’d used it far more often than I did. Like so much of the internet, Roan’s site is gone.

Now my posts are not even remotely on a par with what he routinely offered, but from time to time I have been able to put together some useful reference material about a Peterson pipe shape, line or series that you won’t find anywhere else. So may I recommend that, in view of the possibilities of the zombie apocalypse or my site simply crashing and disappearing (it could happen), when you read something of interest, click on the post name, and when the screen refreshes, you’ll see the PDF symbol and CREATE PDF in green at the top left. I like it because I have the option of opening it in Adobe and saving it in a handier folder.  And I won’t even mention the fact that I can say goodbye and good riddance to the vacuity and annoyance of internet advertising.

So, take a look around, and I hope you like it as much as I do. And I’d like to thank and acknowledge the Peterson book’s design and tech goddess, Mel Bud, who built the site–“Girl Genius” has been her nickname in the office for a long time now. She continually surpasses herself.

Fumare in Pax,


Peterson Pipe Notes

P.S., I’ve added a few tidbits to the 999 post that weren’t in the original, just to get you started (or maybe annoyed).

And I almost forgot: if you didn’t get your digital copy yet, here’s the new shape chart from Peterson:

Can you believe it? The System demonstrator makes its first appearance in Peterson ephemera in . . . how many years? Signs of good things to come, I hope!

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I can not find SYSTEM 31 shape. Is it discontinued and why?

    1. I doubt it has been discontinued. This is more of a pipe-box brochure chart than a complete shape chart. However, I will make inquiries!

  2. Interesting that they chose to omit the 31 on the system list. As a lover of both Peterson pipes and straight billiards I would have loved to see that included on the list.

    1. I’ll talk to Peterson about it and get back to you.

    2. Jim, I heard from Peterson yesterday that, alas, the 31 has indeed been discontinued. There is an amazing apple straight System on eBay today. These were only made for a limited time in the 1950s and again (I think) in the late 70s. Check it out!

  3. A.lways nice with good reading to the morning coffee

  4. Thank you, Jorgen, for your help in getting all the bugs worked out of the site today!

  5. November 24,

    Hello Mark,

    I am enjoying your Peterson Pipe website. I have a Peterson Kapet, #220 system pipe that I purchased in 1971-72. It does not have the metal band. Are you familiar with this model?

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Joe, Glad you like it! The Kapet is one of Peterson’s first named lines, dating from about 1925. Your shape 220 was not a System, although if it has a reservoir and P-Lip, will function just like one apart from the metal ferrule. The 220 is the Classic Lines equivalent number for Patent shape 11, the 11S in the DeLuxe System and the 312 in the Premier and Standard. The shape is an original Charles Peterson design, seen in the 1896 catalog.

      1. Thank you for your kind response Mark. Yes, the 220 I have does have the reservoir and the P-Lip and without the metal band. The stem is more vertical with closer to a 90 degree angle to the P-Lip. Nice to hold in mouth as well as hand hold. I’m currently looking for a new Peterson with the same basic stem geometry. It does not need to be a system pipe however, since I have 3 system pipes. I simply want to try something different and possibly a fishtail stem and perhaps an acrylic stem.


  6. Well, sir, there are certainly plenty to choose from, and i wish you luck. Sounds like you’re in the market for one of the army-mount lines. I’ll be posting a number of possibilities on Monday, with some fantastic places to go hunting. Good luck!

  7. Hi Mark,

    How about a Kinsale, Smooth, XL-12, P-Lip with the Rhodesian bowl? Well, that’s what I ordered and hopefully it is as nice as picture illustrates it. It appears to have the same stem, mouthpiece geometry of my Kapet.

    1. You’ll love this shape. It’s an effortless clench, great bowl geometry. Very light between the teeth. Good job!

    2. Hi Mark,

      Yes…the Sherlock Holmes version of this is a real looker as well !

  8. Hello Mark,

    The Kinsale, P-Lip, XL-12, Smooth arrived today. The first bowl was easy, mild and smooth. This has the system reservoir as well. The wood and overall fit and finish is beautiful. Mouth piece section is a bit shorter than expected but of no concern.

  9. Awesome! I’m surprised by the System reservoir, but with that P-Lip, it’ll function really well. Enjoy!

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