While Ashton is well-known for the quality of their deep and craggy sandblasted pipes, they certainly know how to turn out a handsome and smooth classic. This "XXX" was produced in 2010 and is stamped "JC", indicating the work of the man himself, Jimmy Craig. The front-to-back cross grain is far more interesting than the typical grain orientations and has resulted in two very fine patches of birdseye: one at the back of the bowl, and one covering the fore. The light, warm finish and black "Ashtonite" stem are tastefully accented by a 7.5mm silver band.
- Shane Ireland