There's been all manner of variations on the Punto Oro over the years, so it's not such a surprise when I come across one I've never seen before, even with the countless thousands of Savinelli briars I've handled here at Smokingpipes. The Punto Oro Amber Grain was one such variant; that is to say, I've only seen one other before, just last year. The signature Punto Oro brass dot is there, of course, along with a very well-defined contrast finish for the flame grain of this briar, but the real stand-out is the slender ring of hallmarked gold. I can't quite make it out, but the previous example was 18K, and it's reasonable to expect this one is the same.
- Eric N. Squires