Deep rustication is not an uncommon thing within the Italian school, however, in detail such finishes can vary widely. Some, like the Castello Sea Rock, are smooth and knobby, but here Tonino shows us his preference for the extra-crisp. The texture of this briar is the sort that grips back, as tantalizing as that you might find on an exceptionally deep, yet very detailed sandblast, i.e. the sort of blast that requires a long, multi-step process to create - not to mention a lot more cash to add to your regular rotation.
- Eric N. Squires