Peterson: Rua Spigot (106) Fishtail Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-029-69793

Peterson features several straight Billiards on their shape chart, such as the "06," "X105," and "106," and each vary slightly in regards to overall size and relative proportions, catering to smokers' preferences in chamber size, weight, and length. The "106," seen here, is one of the Irish marque's larger renditions — a touch taller and longer than both the "06" and "X105." It also exemplifies Peterson's hearty sense of proportions through the shank and transition, perfect for those who enjoy substantial briars and muscular iterations of classic shapes.

Inspired by the madra rua, "red fox," of traditional Irish tales, Peterson's Rua series presents pipes in a crimson-and-black, contrast-stained sandblast. Not only is it the first of its kind from the Irish marque, it's also among the first from any pipe factory, with contrast stains almost exclusively seen across handmade artisan pipes. A contrast finish incorporates two different stain colors, and the labor-intensive, time-consuming process involves staining a pipe one color, sanding down or sandblasting the stummel, and then applying the second stain, with adequate time spent in between to allow each stain to fully settle into the briar. The result is a rich, two-toned motif that simultaneously reveals the briar's grain while also providing an intriguing, dramatic contrast between the two separate stains. As such, Peterson's Rua pipes capture an unparalleled aesthetic across Peterson's portfolio, bespeaking a deep commitment to quality craftsmanship. They're amplified further by crisp, artisan-style sandblasts and sterling silver spigot mounts, combining traditional Peterson shaping and silverwork with modern finishing techniques to enhance the marque's historic pipe-making legacy.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.26 in./159.00 mm.
  • Weight: 1.80 oz./51.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.53 in./38.86 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Ireland
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