Stout, broad-shouldered, and even a touch pugnacious, this pipe is what the American school Billiard is all about. The classic ratios, which call for the length of the bit to equal the combined length of the shank and bowl, are replaced by a more muscular bowl and shank. The net result is a new form; one that is simultaneously markedly different than what we are used to seeing on a shape chart, and yet one which seems intuitive and we readily embrace as a 'Billiard' (and this is one embraceable Billiard). This splendid saddle features a grain pattern that is often referred to as 'English'; crosscut on the fore and aft of the bowl and birdseye on the sides. The acrylic mount, flanked by a slender band of black on the front, and the onyx of the stem to the rear adds an extra bit of dash.
--R. 'Bear' Graves