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    Hi there

    I’m relatively new to pipe smoking (about 8 months) and am loving it. I’ve got a couple of cheaper pipes but I’m looking to buy myself something a little bit more special. I’m fancying a bent bulldog and have currently narrowed it down to two, Peterson Aran 80s and a Vauen Empire.

    I was just wondering which of the two brands people feel is the better buy? I realise every pipe is differs, but was wondering if there is any marked difference in quality between the two brands? Are you psying simply for the brand or do the prices reflect quality?

    I tend to prefer 9mm filter pipes and have found 9mm versions of each.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

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    I have only bad experiences with Petersons and only good with Vauen. Maybe I'm just unlucky, but I think Vauen is a more reliable brand quality-wise than Peterson by the overall reviews.

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    That’a good to know. What kind of issues have you had?

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    I have 15 Petersons. No issues, other than I'm not a big fan of their newest bowl coating.

    Edit to add: Make that 16. But my 2019 pipe of the year hasn't arrived in the mail yet

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    That’a good to know. What kind of issues have you had?

    My Donegal Rocky bent bulldog was whistling as a steamtrain and nothing helped on it so I had to sell it. The other one I still have is a Sherlock Watson, it is overdrilled and always gurgles no matter how and what I smoke in it. As I said, maybe it is only my luck, Anthony has no problems.
    My meer-lined bent billiard army stem Vauen is one of my best smokers, it has a perfect finish and gives very dry and cool tasteful smoke without any issues. I would choose a Vauen over a Pete any day. But I need to give to Peterson that their shapes and desings are very nice, I like their appearance more than Vauens.

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    One of each!

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    Never had issues with either. The only consistently bad pipes I've had in my collection were all Dunhills.

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    Vauen by far

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    I don't have any Vauen but I've never heard anyone complain. I have a number of Petersons and never a problem, but I've certainly heard about a number of issues. My particular Petes have been a joy -- an Around the World Series commemorative pipe for Ireland in a red stain with a wide silver band, a B11 brandy bent sitter Killarney ebony, etc.

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    Vauen.

    The Empire line is a premium one. No point of comparison there.

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    I like both, never had an issue with either.

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    I have a few of each, and have had no issues with either. I think it depends on the individual pipe.

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    Not had a Peterson but do have a Vauen and I love it.

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    I like my Vauen. I don't have a Peterson.

    I thought Vauen was a pretty well known name. But, when I was in The Briar & The Burley (Bloomington, IN...a store with an amazingly large inventory of pipes), I asked if they had any Vauens, and the guy behind the counter said he'd never heard the name before. I thought he was pulling my leg, but he stood his ground. Very weird, I thought.

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    This is all great information, thank you all

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    I will add: I use my Vauen with filters. I use my other pipes without filters. Depends on my mood.

    When I started out (one year ago), I liked the filter, so I loved my Vauen (and I still do).

    Lately, I find that I'm starting to lean toward non-filtered smoking. (Still, you can smoke Vauens without a filter.)

    Whose to say what I will be doing in 6 months.

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    I smoke my Vauen with an adapter.

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    I'm a fan of Vauen pipes and their 9mm filters!

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    It's been a week . . .

    How's that Vauen treating you?

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    I don't have any Vauen pipes, I've only heard good things about them. I have 85 Peterson pipes, I've never had an issue. Peterson pipes definitely can polarize people. I've heard some people have had some issues with them. That said, the new owners. The Laudisi Group, has tightened up their QC, from what I understand. That said, you need to go with your gut. Look through all the pipes both have to offer, and go for what you like.


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    No Peterson’s but I have two Vauen pipes and they are fantastic smokers.

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    I have a fascination with Peterson pipes. I love their shapes, their special editions, their history, the lore surrounding them, and the fact that they are still made in Ireland. I own an Aran, two Summertime editions, and a Christmas 2018 pipe. They feel great in the hand and they smoke well. I did sand down the bowls on three of them in order to speed up the break-in process. You may want to do the same if you get one, because Peterson does something called dip staining, which makes the break in process longer.

    I recently got a Vauen Olaf and I am really liking it. The construction feels excellent. It just feels sturdy in your hand and the feel of it is unique (although the unique feel largely has to do with the fact that mine has a matte finish). Vauen also made the Lord of the Rings pipes in the early 2000s, and to this day their pipes are very unique.

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    @americaman, Vauen is older than Peterson, the German pipe producer was founded in 1848 and Peterson in 1865. So the history part is also there for Vauen. Although that's true that they use the Vauen name "only" since 1909.

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    I'd been smoking my JJ Fox and MM cob, filterless and liking them. This thread prompted me get my Vauen out again, and I loved it, of course.

    I better order some filters. Maybe as the Father's Day deals start coming.

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