Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pipes -- Peterson's System 303

One or two of my long time readers might remember I am a pipe smoker.  Pipes are one of my hobbies and as such something I don't get to enjoy as often as would like.  Moderation is key so I guess in this case it's not such a bad thing.  Over the past year I have determined that my favorite tobacco bowl is the Peterson's System Pipe 303.

This Premier grade System 303 is the latest addition to my small rotation.  I love the lighter stain and low gloss finish of this pipe.  The left side of the bowl and shank have beautiful straight grain brought out in dramatic fashion by a late August sun.

I have enjoyed a few half bowls in the pipe smoking slowly to gradually expose the briar to higher temperatures.  I don't have a set in stone method for breaking in a new pipe but for this classic Pete I am alternating between a favorite aromatic mixture and a brighter naturally sweet red Virginia and Turkish Izmir blend.


The Peterson System pipe is a design over one hundred years old and still being produced and sold by the by the same company.  Amazing!  Just like my other 303's this one is a good smoker and a beautiful chunk of briar.   

Lastly the following pictures show close ups of the right side of the bowl.  This side of the pipe has birdseye and interesting character.



  1. Nice looking pipe! Now if they could only make a tobacco that tastes as good as it smells...

  2. Hello, RCT! Thank's for the pictures. I smoked pipe for 37 years and to stop smoking I had to bury my Petersons. Not easy, believe me but the doctors didn't want to operate me unless ... so ..
    In any case some 10 years later I wanted to dig them pipes up again to see if they had resisted the time. I could not find them any longer!
    So now that I just by chance bumped into your blog and saw your masterpiece of a pipe I was really happy!
    Thank's again RCT, good luck and greetings from Finland,


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