Peterson: Killarney Red (701) Fishtail Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-029-115455

In Peterson's 1945 catalog, the Irish marque introduced four Speciality shapes: the Barrel, Tankard, Calabash, and Belgique. The line trades Peterson's conventional shaping cues for a slender, petite disposition, a stark contrast to the robust, muscular aesthetic that dominates the Irish firm's portfolio. These are the smallest, most lightweight designs Peterson has to offer, and they've been popular favorites over the past 70+ years, with many pipe smokers devoting them to flake tobaccos. Originally, the Tankard, presented here, forwent a usual, numbered shape designation, but in 2021, the svelte and streamlined take on the sure-sitting Poker became known as the "701" on Peterson's shape chart.

Like many of Peterson's lines, the Killarney takes its name from an Irish town — in this case, one located in the southwest. Introduced in 1949, the Killarney features a vivid, ruby stain, over which a lacquer finish is applied for added protection and a higher sheen. The color palette calls to mind traditional English finishes of the early 20th century, hearkening back to an era when darker stains were the norm (lighter finishes wouldn't become popular until the decade before WWII). Fitted with twin rings of nickel, the Killarney boasts a formal, vintage appeal, similar to the black-and-chrome dress pipe motif, but with a more colorful persona.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.22 in./132.59 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.18 in./29.97 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Ireland
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