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Idlefellow

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I bought this Pete Sherlock Holmes edition Squire from Smokingpipes in February. Haven't smoke it yet; waiting for the right time. Last night I took it from the rack and noticed these three large flaws; can't believe I never noticed them before! At first I thought they were huge fills, but the grain is evident throughout. Maybe they are spots that didn't take stain? Never seen anything like it. I emailed Smokingpipes and got a prompt response from Chris who said I could return the pipe of course, or wait until Monday when he could show my photo to his supervisor. I'll wait, but I expect they'll just say send it back. I'm really bummed. I love the shape, and I really like this particular pipe and the color, but I don't think I can live with it in this condition :cry:. I asked if he had another comparable Squire but no response as yet.

 

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There are other Peterson threads here that discuss this subject. My standard reply is overall I love Peterson's shapes (classic English!) but truly despise their quality control or lack thereof!!! For some reason, Peterson thinks gaping flaws and sneaky fills are OK!! I have a Kinsale XL26 with such a crappy, though smaller, flaw/fill such as yours. Plus a Shamrock with a dark brown fill starring right at me as I smoke it!! My Mark Twain has a "hidden" fill that just plain azz pisses me off!! Soooo...I quite buyin'em!! I would hope that Sykes Williford's ownership would have corrected this situation; I guess not. Keep sendin'em back!!!!! FTRPLT
 

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It's one reason I often buy blasts or rusticated pipes - not that the flaws aren't there, but I can't see them and don't know about 'em! Some shapes just call for a smooth finish though, and this is one in my opinion. I've got 23 other Petersons with no real complaints so I guess I've been pretty lucky. I did have to send my first Mycroft back as it had a very poor finish. I know Smokingpipes will make it right; I just hate it as I really love this shape in this finish.
 

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Several months ago I bought a Pete Jekyl &Hyde from Iwan Reiss. Looked fine but smoked like crap. Had a couple of bad hot spots and I mean hot. Smoking slow and after 5 minutes there was a spot on the front of the bowl that would literally burn my hand. Sent it back and told them I didn't want it as I was sure it would "burn out" at some point. They gave me store credit and I bought two vauens for the same price. Really disappointing as my other Petes (5) smoke great.
 

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I have a couple of Peterson's with flaws, fortunately with no hot spots and good smokers. I own several Vauens and Jirsa's (a couple of which are considered their high grades) and think for the money they can't be beat. One of the Jirsa's I initially had issues with but blame the local shop where I purchased it. The guy behind the counter would clean with a mystery cleaner inside and outside the bowl on new pipes purchased and would leave a nasty taste for several bowls.
 

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Smoking pipes suggested I send to in to see if their restorers could do anything with it. Got the verdict today; nope! They gave me a full refund on the purchase price (though I did have to haggle with them a little on the return shipping which they agreed beforehand to pay: they wanted to give it to me as a house credit which I didn't think was fair) but I really did like that pipe :cry: . I'm in the market for a smooth Squire if anybody knows of one; have a couple spotted but they're not terracotta and I really liked that finish!
 

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Idlefellow, You know, briars are living things - well, once were. These spots don't look like fills to me, but definitely some sort of flaw. Other posters mentioned 'hot spots,' which I think you'd encounter if you stayed with this pipe. Return appears to be the answer. Good luck.
 

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Ordered another Squire, this one on ebay from Harrison Simmonds. They were super helpful; sent me detailed photos of the two they had in stock and I picked the one I preferred. I told them my story of the last one and asked them to look this one over carefully for flaws since they're in England and I didn't want to send it back; they assured me that they did. They seem like really great folks. This one is the "dark" finish; I really wanted another terra cotta but they said they didn't know when, if ever, those would be available. It's in route so we'll see how I did 🙏.
 

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Sorry to make you paranoid Idle, but Petereson tend to use their dark stains on pipes with fills. All my dark Pete's have a fill or two, not that a fill matters to me at all, they smoke just as well as the rest of them.
 

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I'm sure that's true but as long as it ain't huge I'm OK with it. I have a SH Strand in the dark and really like it; beautiful grain, and if there a fill I can't see it...
 
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