A straight bulldog with very little frill, the Peterson Aran 150 relies simply on a couple rim rings and a thick nickel band for dressings. And it’s perfect that way. This sturdy and affordable tobacco pipe is one of the most popular Peterson pipes in our inventory.
Length: 5.64 in. / 143.26 mm.
Height: 1.87 in. / 48.23 mm.
Weight: 1.60 oz. / 45.36 g.
Bowl Depth: 1.28 in. / 32.51 mm.
Bowl Outside Diameter: 1.55 in. / 39.37 mm.
Bowl Inside Diameter: 0.82 in. / 20.83 mm.
Bowl Material: Briar
Stem Material: Vulcanite
I would have liked to give it more than four stars but slightly less than five. The reason being is that the stem fits into the shank extremely snug. When I attempt to remove the stem it requires an intense amount of force, so much so that it feels like I might break it in the process. This may just be part of the breaking in process and it will loosen with time. It may be intentional by the manufacturer to tolerate years of use without becoming too loose. I’m not certain but other than this minor issue this pipe is perfect for someone seeking a fine bulldog.
I was scouring the internet for a classic bulldog, looking everywhere at everything. Then I found the Peterson Aran straight bulldog. It's not totally broken in yet but smokes like a dream so far. Can't go wrong for under 100 bucks!
This is an excellent pipe. It has quickly become one of my favorites!
Like the other reviewer. This is my first Peterson. Ive read some negative things about the "modern" Peterson pipes the last few years and maybe I got lucky or more likely the squeaky wheels are looking for grease? Anyway, I don't see how my pipe could be any better. Everything lines up straight and true, no stain inside the bowl very attractive and functional. I like it so much that a Peterson Shannon will in all likelihood be my next purchase. Aside from the great pipe I compliment tobaccopipes.com for their fast delivery and great packaging.
**Let it be known that I reserve a 5/5 review for the perfect pipe, and thusly will never give it out.**
When I originally was looking at Peterson Pipes, I was considering the Harp 150 instead of the Aran 150 because of the colour of the finish. I thought the Aran would be a bit too light coloured for my tastes. I, however, did not have the cash for a Harp, so I went with the Aran. I was very happily surprised to find the finish darker than in the photograph.
The shape of this pipe is, in my hands, one of the best. The square cross-section of the shank and saddle make it really easy to hold for days. It's also amazing for letting a filled bowl of pipe tobacco dry out a bit before the charring light, due to the relatively good stability provided by the squared shank/saddle.
I also love the thickness of the band. It's a handsome nickel and won't need much attention if you treat it with care.
On the first smoke I followed the included tips, and enjoyed a nice, cool, and dry smoke from the half-bowl of tobacco (1-Q.)
The bowl size is just right for me. I found that my other pipe, a Nording Rustic 4T, was a bit too big for regular smoking, and I usually pack it only 3/4 of the way. However, this Peterson has the size just right. The thickness of the briar also left me wondering if I had a cherry half of the time.
Overall I would recommend the PetersonAran 150 to anyone looking for a stylish, substantive pipe. Whether you chose fishtail or P-Lip is about personal preference, but I rather like the fishtail on this pipe.