Tonino doesn't use just any old briar for his designs; no, he has a very delicate selection process. After obtaining a block of the best briar (from the same source as Claudio Cavicchi), it is aged for an additional three years before he begins his exceptional craftsmanship. Furthermore, his rigorous, chess-based grading system ensures only the block with the most beautiful grain is presented in a smooth finish.
While not his highest grade, this "Jack" (or "Bishop" to follow English nomenclature) might as well be. What we see is an exquisite example of quality briar brimming with flame grain - the likes of which we normally only find on other marques' highest grades. This bent Dublin sports the sort of smooth lines and flowing form that would put many Danish designs to shame. Complete with a jade-and-onyx colored acrylic accent at the base of the jet-black stem, this is one handsome artisan piece from Jacono.
- Andrew Wike