The pipe choice for our focus is one of Peterson's more recognisable series, the handsome and very distinctive Deluxe system pipes. These pipes are at the top of the 'system' series in terms of quality and finish.
Construction/engineering/workmanship: Outstanding,well carved , drilled and aligned. Silver work excellent, finish very good, and the often maligned briar is outstanding.
Design: Apart from the Darwin,the balance can be stem heavy, bit is thick and chunky,especially in the larger versions.
Smoking quality : Excellent,dry and cool. Flavor and draw is great in new pipes.
Aesthetics and ergonomics : I find some shapes much more attractive than others.Favourites for me are the 1s,2s,3s,the Mark Twains and the Darwin deluxe.As a clencher most are very good to hang,except the beautiful Darwin which is more of a 'hand holder.'
Finish: The modern orange/golden colour is, in my opinion less attractive than that found in the older Walnut finish of the eighties.
Value/cost: Given the excellent quality finish these are competitivly priced at around $135 to $250 depending on size and briar grade.
Conclusion: For what it is worth,I reckon the Deluxes are probaly the best value range that Peterson produce, both in funcionality and value. There's not a thing wrong with these pipes. Those who malign the brand because they're made by the hundreds using machines, are very wrong, IMHO. I like them a lot and the bang for the buck is the best I've ever seen for new pipes of this quality.
Here are a few examples of mine,smallest to largest.first is a 3s then a1s,next is a Mark Twain,followed by a 2s and finally a Darwin.The example in the top photo is an 11s.