By Al Jones
I’ve restored a number of Peterson 999 shapes, which is one of the most iconic shapes in the history of the brand, and a personal favorite. But this is the first “K&P Irish Made” that I’ve encountered which also has a fishtale stem vs my preferred P-Lip.
Mark Irwin’s blog, Peterson Pipe Notes, tells me that this K&P Irish Made is a line that has been in and out of the Peterson catalog for decades, but had a resurgence in the 1970’s. This one has a nickel band and a Republic COM, which make it challenging to establish a date of manufacture. Consulting with Mark, and referencing his blog entry on “A Visual History of the Petersons Shape 999” yields some clues. We believe, because of the bowl shape, that this pipe was made prior to 1985. If you would like further information on the 999 shape, Marks blog entry should be reviewed:
The pipe was shipped in a large envelope. Fortunately the two pieces were separated and wrapped in enough bubble wrap to protect it. It’s incredible how poorly some eBay sellers wrap packages.
The pipe was in great condition, with some build-up on the bowl top, a mild cake and only a mildly oxidized stem. The nickel cap was slightly oxidized.
I used 2,000 grit sandpaper to remove the build-up on the bowl top. I discovered that here were some handling dings on the bowl, which I steamed out with an electric iron and a wet cloth. The bowl was reamed and the slight cake removed. The bowl interior was in great shape, with no damage. I soaked the bowl with alcohol and sea salt. I buffed the bowl lightly with white diamond rouge and several coats of carnuba wax.
I used 600, 800, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 grade wet sandpaper to remove the oxidation, than 8,000 grade micromesh. The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish. The nickel cap was shined with Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish.
Below is the finished pipe.