I won't start by touting its length, because to my eye, it balances so well with the large, Italian-sized bowl, it's barely worth a mention. The taper also has a way of counterbalancing the piece, making it appear that the end of the shank is nigh. Can you imagine the quality smoke you'll receive from this little masterpiece of engineering, the generous plumes rolling coolly down that long stretch of briar? The name is starting to make sense: smoking this pipe is probably a lot like being stranded on an "iceberg" near the coast of North Carolina during the height of a tobacco crop fire. Now that's brisk!