While I’d be the first to admit that ‘sleek’ & ‘playful’ aren’t my usual go-to adjectives, when it comes to describing Horns, the overarching feel of this handsome Herbaugh is as smooth as well aged Pappy Van Winkle bourbon (and the stain is just about as rich and dark). While many Horns are fine visual treats (like this one), often they feature such wide, flat planes to the shank that only the ever-reliable 'finger crook' becomes a comfortable method with which to hold them. Between the compact execution, and righteously rounded reduction of the bowl onto the bit, Abe has created a Horn that is actually as comfortable in the paw as it is easy on the eyes. The softly domed rim not only contains a great deal of painfully pretty crossgrain, but a tobacco chamber that's completely visible from the smoker's perspective. As far as the overall quality of this grain, and how adroitly Abe paired it to the form? Bravo, Mr. Herbaugh, Bravo!
--R. 'Bear' Graves