October 1998
Volume 25
Number 5


Kapt'n Bester Pipe Tobacco from F & K Cigar
F & K Cigar Co. of St. Louis, Missouri, offers Kapt'n Bester pipe tobaccos. Made in Germany by Tabakhaus Dinglestadt, Kapt'n Bester tobaccos contain no artificial ingredients.

Kapt'n Bester pipe tobacco is made with a bright leaf Virginia blend for a mild taste and a slow burn. It is available in three flavors; honey and rum, vanilla, and cherry. The tobaccos have a lighter flavoring than many pipe tobaccos. Kapt'n Bester is available in colorful 50-gram pouches.

F & K Cigar Co., 9420 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132, Tel: (800) 848-1480, Fax: (314) 721-7196.

New Pipe Lighter from Prometheus
Prometheus International, a leading manufacturer of pipe and cigar accessories, introduces the Araphao, an electronic piezo pipe lighter featuring a built-in tamper and pipe cleaner. The Araphao is available in six finishes; silver, gold, gun metal, black matte, black lacquer, and brown marble. Prometheus is also offering a new promotion for retailers featuring the Araphao and the Shenandoah, a flint pipe lighter with built-in tamper. With the purchase of 12 units of the Araphao and Shenandoah pipe lighters in any assortment, retailers will receive 12 complementary units of Prometheus pipe tobacco leather pouches in the gift set box with the lighter.

Prometheus International, Inc., 5680 Bandini Boulevard, Bell, CA 90201, Tel: (213) 261-7200, Fax: (213) 261-0801.

The "Perfect" Book for Pipe Enthusiasts
New Jersey-based Burford Books, Inc. presents "The Perfect Pipe," by H. Paul Jeffers, a celebration of the art of pipe smoking. Beginning with the history of tobacco and pipes and their introduction to the English-speaking world by Sir Walter Raleigh, "The Perfect Pipe" is a richly informative and entertaining read for all fans of the briar.

Whether an old hand or a novice, "The Perfect Pipe" is a great guide to pipes and illuminates what it is about pipe smoking that has been so attractive to so many people for so long. The book surveys kinds and styles of pipes, explains how they're made, how to choose them, and how to enjoy them to the fullest extent. Included is a gallery of famous pipe smokers, pipe accessories, and more.

Burford Books, Inc., PO Box 388, Short Hills, NJ 07078, Tel: (973) 258-0960, Fax: (973) 258-0113.

Opus One Pipe Tobacco Exclusively Imported by Davidoff of Geneva
Davidoff of Geneva presents Opus One pipe tobacco. A popular brand in Europe for many years, Opus One pipe tobacco was introduced to the U.S. market in 1997. Opus One pipe tobacco is manufactured in Germany for noted California winemaker Opus One, a partnership of Robert Mondavi Corp. and Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, S.A.

The Opus One pipe tobacco is a blend of specially fermented wild cut Black Virginia and light lemon grades refined with aromatic burley. This mild-tasting tobacco is available in 50-gram tins adorned with the Opus One logo.

Originally, John Brumfit & Radford Tobacco Ltd. applied to register the trademark "Opus One" to use for "manufactured tobacco." Soon after, Opus One filed a petition to cancel Brumfit's trademark. The petition to cancel was dropped at a later date and Brumfit assigned the trademark to Opus One in August of 1995.

Davidoff of Geneva, Inc., 550 West Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902, Tel: (800) 232-8436, Fax: (203) 328-9679.

Uptown's Smoke Shop Presents Video Series for Pipe Enthusiasts
Nashville-based Uptown's Smoke Shop has produced a series of videos for devotees of the briar. The series, entitled "Great Carvers of Our Day," takes you behind the scenes with some of the great pipe makers of our time.

In Volume 1, "The Great Danes," narrator Keith Moore of Music City Marketing, takes you inside the workshops of several master Danish pipe carvers and provides an in-depth look at their lives and their craft. Featured in Volume 1 are Jess Chonowitsch, Bo Nordh, Lars Ivarsson, Per Hansen, and Ulf Noltensmeier. Volume 2, "Julius Vesz: The Grand Old Man of Pipemaking," invites the viewer into the noted master carver's museum-like shop in Toronto for stories of his life and his briar. Volume 3, "Saint Claude: The History of Pipemaking," is due out in the middle of December.

The videos are designed to educate both pipe smokers and retailers themselves. Retailers are encouraged to play the videos in their shop to promote pipe sales and entice new pipe smokers to the hobby. Future videos in the series will feature noted pipe carvers from America, England, and Italy.

Uptown's Smoke Shop, 3900 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN 37215, Tel: (888) 292-9576.

Peterson Pipes Featured in Company's Informative and Educational Video

Peterson of Dublin, noted pipe maker since 1865, introduces a new informative video - "The Making of the Peterson Pipe." The video focuses on the traditional tools and methods of manufacture that contribute to the individuality and unique characteristics of Peterson pipes. It includes a brief history of the company and a look into Peterson's retail shop in Dublin. The highlight of the video is a view into Peterson's factory to witness the complete pipe manufacturing process. Watch as the factory's skilled craftsmen create Peterson pipes, from the selection of woods and grading of the bowls up to the finished product. "The Making of the Peterson Pipe" is perfect for pipe smokers and retailers alike.

Hollco-Rohr, 20717 Marilla Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311, (800) 247-6653, Fax: (818) 885-7473.

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