Peterson Dracula Sandblasted (68) Fishtail
With a dark stain, a crisp sandblast, and a stem swirled in red and black, Peterson’s Dracula Sandblasted (68) Fishtail series is consistently popular with those fans of the macabre, and for good reason. Here it’s dressing the “68” bent Brandy in fine style.
Peterson’s Dracula series nods to the macabre, with jet-black stains and stems swirled in hues of blood red and black, accented with nickel bands. Offered in both smooth and sandblasted finishes, it’s a series that stands out no matter the time of year.
- Length 6″
- Bowl Height 1 3/4″
- Bowl Width Outside 1 1/8″
- Bowl Width Inside 1″ (all sizes approximate)
Friedrich and Heinrich Kapp, German immigrants to Ireland from Nuremberg, founded the famed Kapp Brothers store on Grafton Street, Dublin in 1865. Shortly thereafter, a Latvian immigrant, Charles Peterson, strolled into the Kapp workshop and declared that he could make better pipes than they could. Armed with an imaginative flair for pipes and a craftsman’s background, Peterson not only proved himself correct, but became the third partner in the fledgling firm.
Originally based at 53 Grafton Street the business moved to 56 Lower Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) on the corner with Bachelors Walk shortly after the Easter Rising. The name Kapp & Peterson Ltd can still be seen on the parapet of this building and the letters KP are formed in timber paneling on the shopfront.
Perhaps the most notable design from the Kapp and Peterson factory was Peterson’s famed ‘Dry System’ pipes, patented in 1894. Featuring a small reservoir intended to collect moisture before it reaches the smoker, the ‘System Pipe’ is designed to create a drier and cooler smoke and discourage the formation of dottle. The System Pipe is still a consistent top seller for Peterson.
Another notable design from Peterson is the so-called “P-lip”: a mouthpiece that directs smoke upwards towards the roof of the mouth instead of the tongue. This is intended to produce a drier and less biting smoke than when smoke is directed at the tongue, as with other pipes.
Peterson offers many different models of pipes, including Aran, Donegal Rocky, Harp, Irish Army, Killarney, Rosslare Classic, Silver, and Shannon. The Peterson Dry System is available in select models such as Standard, Premier, Ebony, and Deluxe. Some models are available in both fishtail or P-Lip mouthpiece.