In my previous Blog rantings I have stated how much I admire the Darwin Deluxe issue of pipes. To my mind that particular pipe epitomises the very best of the skills, quality and value for money, that makes the Peterson brand so successful today.
For those who may not be familiar with the Darwin,the following quote is taken from my Peterson Pipedia piece on the Darwin series of pipes.
“ The new Darwin series of pipes are large,sturdy, stout and feature the same military mount and ingenious moisture-trap found in other Peterson System pipes. Recently released, just in time, to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of the Species". Darwin pipes come in the Sandblast, Ebony, Rustic, Smooth, Red, Deluxe and Premier finish. The shape form is the new B42; a handsome and muscular bent apple that appears to have been specially created for the series.
I have to admit that I am smitten by this new series from Peterson. They epitomize my ideal pipe, both in looks and functionality. The Deluxe in particular is a very handsome specimen. I also enjoy how tactile these pipes are,they snuggle in beautifully in the hand. I am a big guy so it may be something to do with scale. With the pipes being so big I would imagine they will not be to everyone's taste. My own view is somewhat biased, the Darwin's were probably tailor made with me in mind!! I find them brilliant smokers,the bowls never heat up, because they are so large and the shape is so very comfortable for longer periods of smoking. Personally I give them a slight edge over the Mark Twain's in that department.
The official Peterson web site lists four types,Deluxe,Premier, Rustic and Smooth. I have managed to source three others ,Red, Ebony and Sandblast.”
I later went on to request that the Dublin magicians made me a Red version of the Darwin Deluxe,which they agreed to do. I was very pleased with the pipe when finished and have considered myself very fortunate to have had it done by special commission.
Having a fertile creative streak, I had further thoughts on how to extend and compliment the wonderful aesthetics of the Darwin Deluxe. Even borrowing from the great man himself (Darwin), I was asking the Peterson guys to participate in pipe 'evolution' and partake in another special commission for me!.
The following photos show the result of the next stage in the Darwin Deluxe's development. I am pleased to introduce my new Darwin Deluxe 'Evolution'. A magnificent Silver-wind-cap version of this great series.
Darwin Deluxe 'Evolution' Silver-cap