Ashton's Brindle finish pairs a sandblasted texture with brown and red hues that echo brindle (also known as cumberland) vulcanite. Having a cumberland stem is not a rule for the series, however, and many examples sport different colored acrylic bits. I am quite fond of the tortoise-shell patterned stem we see here on this compact Billiard. It isn't common to see a Nosewarmer from Jimmy and crew, but I am tickled that we have received our second example. This short-throw saddle briar is downright adorable and the lightness, comfort in the teeth and ease of slipping into a pocket make the design as handy as it is handsome.
- Shane Ireland