It's inevitable that there are going to be briars that make it quite far into the pipe-making process before they reveal their flaws. For some marques, the response is to simply apply fills and go on as usual. For others, they'll market the pipes under a separate "seconds" brand. For Ser Jacopo, pretending the pipe didn't come out of their workshop is apparently considered a bit silly. After all, it's not like a Ser Jacopo design is hard to miss. So instead there's "la Fuma", a line of Ser Jacopos that bear the same Pesaro shaping, the same great engineering, but which are sold at a much lower price than it would otherwise have been, simply on account of the presence of a fill here or there. Typically these are only sold in Europe, but every once and while one does make it's way to us - in this case as yet unsmoked.
- Eric N. Squires