We were pleasantly surprised when we discovered Chris Asteriou, a young independent artisan from Greece with both a love and flare for classic shapes. Then Michail Kyriazanos came along, and we were left scratching our heads. Two, now, from a country known for producing plenty of briar, but very little in the way of pipes? Both not only very talented, but also both dedicated to creating perfected classics as their mainstay? And both starting out on this road with no previous knowledge of the other? Go figure.
Well, one result of it all is this, a hand-made straight Billiard with dead-on drilling and lines that are simply elegant, a neatly arranged cross-grain and birdseye pattern, a deep walnut finish, and a handsome sterling silver mount. In short, the kind of classic pipe that would look right at home next to collector's prized-vintage Barlings or Loewes.
- Eric N. Squires