Produced in limited editions of 333 pipes, the Domina has served as Ser Jacopo's "pipe of the year," distinguished by both stamping and the use of particularly intricate silverwork. Designs have ranged from the fairly conservative, Italian neoclassical to the boldly Pesaro. This 1998 edition is well and firmly in the latter. Aside from making for quite a distinct profile, the jutting shank and transition of this bold, full-bent design allows for an easier fit in hand than you'll often find in more traditional Oom Pauls. Richly finished and laden with flame grain, this is a fine example of a particularly rare Italian beauty.
- Eric N. Squires