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Peterson Calabas: Dalkey/Kenmare/Shannon?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by GregL, Apr 6, 2012.

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  1. GregL

    GregL Member

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    I was wondering if any of you gents had any experience with the above lines of Peterson pipes and could offer some reviews/thoughts. I'm moved to get a Calabash shape and I'm interested in these sub-$100 (US) offerings.

    Thanks!
     


  2. Old Codger

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    I have a Dalkey. The stem is made out of a harder plastic than I am used to so I only use it when I'm sitting back and can hold the pipe in my hand. Doesn't feel right when clenched. Same situation with the Irish Harp I have. I don't have any Kenmares.
    Shannon B10 is one that I've been looking at as well. Stem is made out of the more usual material so that's a plus. I like that shape. Should be a nice comfortable smoke.
     
  3. GregL

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    Hmmm, thanks for the input. And, yes, I was kinda leaning towards the Shannon myself. Not just because of price, either, but I just seem to like that overall design better.
     
  4. RTOdhner

    RTOdhner Well-Known Member

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    The Shannons are Pete's answer to the Dr G. They're basic hacking around pipes, and they smoke well enough. I liked mine, and it was one of my favorite travel pipes. Unfortunately, it was appropriated by one of my kids' friends (who I suspect used it to smoke leaf of another sort). That's the reason I now keep all my briar pipes secured in a curio cabinet that has a lock. I don't have a Kenmare or a Dalkey, but I like how they look.
     
  5. user2725

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    If You are stuck on Peterson I can understand but Butz Choquin makes some very nice 'bashes in that price range also.
     
  6. GregL

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    Ah, I did not know that. So it would be worth the step up in price then. I am also thinking of getting a Meer in that shape.

    I'm not but BC doesn't seem to be offered at smokingpipes and I just love to use their pipe finder feature.

    Uh-oh, I may have just fallen in love with Erik Nording Freehands. :drly:
     
  7. RTOdhner

    RTOdhner Well-Known Member

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    I think so. The Arans are nice, as are the Donegals - both are good pipes for a fair price. The System pipes are nice, and the entry level System Standard runs about $95USD at Cup O Joe. The St. Paddy series are also some nice pipes, and they run about $80USD (or so).
     
  8. YOJiMBO20

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    I have a Shannon B10 and really like it.

    It was my first Pete and first conical bowl, so it took some getting used to.

    The only issue I have with it is that because of the bend of the shank, the mortise is drilled deeper than it should be, leading to a gurgle every now and then.
     
  9. IrishRover

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    I have a Shannon.. I like it..
     
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