Sent a mail to Peterson. They should probably know this sort of poor quality is getting out of their shop. I have a choice to smoke it or return it. The later is an inconvenience to me so I'll probably never buy another Peterson pipe. I would barely even expect this from a Grabow pope for $28.00 lol.
Also tobaccopipes.com is also to blame. Shame on them.
I would return it just because I'm a nomenclature nerd.
It's double stamped and slightly ghosted as well.
The stamp, I think, is just too big for that particular shape, makes it difficult to get a good impression.
I thought Pete was moving to laser etching?
Not poor antics, its TRUTH...Sounds like bashing to me. Search the forums and every year or so someone posts about Peterson quality. At one point in time I had 150+ pipes in my collection and a large number were petersons. Old and new not one of them was what I would call horrible. Some didnt smoke as well as others, but that was not a defect. Different shapes and sizes smoke different. In fact the only I've ever had with them is bands coming loose (easy fix).
I would smoke it. Who cares about the stamping? You know what it is. I have that same pipe and it is a fine smoker, not an investment. But as others have said, if it is really important to you to have a perfect stamping, then return it.
Sounds like you already had your mind made up what you were gonna do with it, and simply came on here to vent about Peterson, about the vendor (like it's that dude's fault, I'm sure they have a million other things to do besides inspect the nomenclature quality of factory made pipes), and throw your misdirected anger at another poster who didn't say anything more than the fact that people consistently whine about Petersons instead of returning them and not smoking them anymore!
+100 on detecting the Peterson bashing. Popularity ultimately turns some into detractors. And that's ok. Preference is personal and therefore should just be welcomed with respect. Who am I to say if your preference is good or bad for you. Especially with a factory pipe like a Peterson, a small abnormality may give it character and a unique identity. It's already gaining an interesting story.
another week another Peterson rant.. since it seems to bother you enough to open a thread return it and move on. the value of that pipe is never going to increase so whether or not it's double stamps really doesn't matter. on a sub $100 pipe who cares? if it a a Sherlock or a house pipe then I would be bitching.
I do not think the stamping affects the smoking properties or detracts from the eye candy factor. At some point about 3 years ago IIRC Peterson put out a batch of Aran pipes with HUGE font sizes. FWIW I had the same exact 999 with the exact stamping; smoked like a dream, very nice for burning Balkan Sasieni ...... and then I grew tired of Rhodesians and Bulldogs.....
Rest assured, the finish will probably not bake off during its maiden smoke, nor will the shank shatter after the third bowl, as it happened to the one and only Dr Grabow pipe I have bought about a year ago just to see what they were all about .....