36. The 2015 D Shapes Return: D15, D16, D17

D17 Novelli ItalyWhile the Lord of the Rings craze has faded away with the last of The Hobbit Hollywood adaptations, I remember telling my friend Gene Umberger that 2015’s new churchwarden shapes, the D15, D16 and D17 were far and away the best Hobbitish long-stemmed pipes I’d seen on the current market – LOTR always having had a strongly Celtic ambiance to its Hobbit folk. Peterson Jackson would have done well to outsource his pipes to Peterson rather than the paper mache people at WETA.

D 15 ChurchwardenD15 Churchwarden

But other than my conversation with Gene, when Peterson released this trio of new shapes last year I didn’t really pay much attention to them. In part of course because the photographs were simply inadequate—I couldn’t get a good visual grasp—and in part because they were churchwardens, and I usually like a pipe with hands-free capability. It would also have helped to know the general dimensions of the chambers, right? I’m not sure there’s ever such a thing as too much information when it comes to buying a pipe over the Internet.

D 15 January 2016 CraftsmanD15 January 2016 Craftsman Series

Recently Peterson has gone and released all three shapes in their Craftsman line for January and March 2016, and at least two (but probably all three) of them in the Lubinski Italian-market Kapp-Royal line as well.  And . . . they’re gorgeous.  While the pipe community is still mostly ga-ga about wide-mouthed apple shapes with squat-pot chambers, there has nevertheless been a bit of push-back and renewed interest in smaller, more traditionally sized chambers, which these D shapes all possess. And by that I mean chambers that not only work extremely well with Virginias and VaPers, but at just a little under 2 x 1 depth by width are classic geometries which work well with any type of tobacco.

D16 March 2016 CraftsmanD16 March 2016 Craftsman Series

The Craftsman line pipes are small-batch, and if you’re interested, don’t wait too long. The Kapp-Royal is always a catch-as-catch-can, and you never know where or when you might see one. Both lines feature acrylic fishtail army-mount mouthpieces and sterling ferrules. The Craftsman issue mouthpieces have a hot foil P logo, while the higher Kapp-Royal has an embedded aluminum P.

D17 March 2016 CraftsmanD17 March 2016 Craftsman Series

 

 

 

D15 March 2016 CraftsmanD15 March 2016 Craftsman Series

D15 Bent Dublin Average Measurements:

Length: 5.36 in./136.15 mm.
Weight: 0.99 oz./28.11 g.
Bowl Height: 1.82 in./46.30 mm.
Chamber Depth: 1.48 in./37.54 mm.
Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.18 mm.
Outside Diameter: 1.44 in./36.62 mm.
Stem Material: Acrylic
P: Hot Foil on Craftsman; embedded aluminum on Kapp-Royal
Ferrule : Sterling

D16 Kapp Royal NovelliD16 Kapp Royal

D16 Bent Straight-Sided Billiard Average Measurements:

Length: 5.42 in./137.56 mm.
Weight: 0.91 oz./25.66 g.
Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.62 mm.
Chamber Depth: 1.50 in./38.08 mm.
Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.50 mm.
Outside Diameter: 1.23 in./31.35 mm.
Stem Material: Acrylic
P: Hot Foil on Craftsman; embedded aluminum on Kapp-Royal
Ferrule : Sterling

 

D17 January 2016 CraftsmanD17 January 2016 Craftsman Series

D17 Bent Acorn Average Measurements:

Length: 5.70 in./144.66 mm.
Weight: 0.90 oz./25.47 g.
Bowl Height: 1.98 in./50.17 mm.
Chamber Depth: 1.57 in./39.99 mm.
Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.69 mm.
Outside Diameter: 1.32 in./33.50 mm.
Stem Material: Acrylic
P: Hot Foil on Craftsman Series ; embedded aluminum on Kapp-Royal
Ferrule : Sterling

D16 January 2016 CraftsmanD16 January 2016 Craftsman Series

 

 

Photos courtesy Smokingpipes.com and Novelli.it;
D17 Kapp-Royal pictured at top

 

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