Yes, it's purple. Or I guess more of a lavender. Or lilac? The important thing here is that when I held this pipe up, called over to Katie, and asked her what she thought of it, she smiled, and said, "It's purple." Since she was smiling, I asked if that meant she liked it. She affirmed that yes, indeed, she did like it. Good, I said. That means I can write what I intended.
What I intended to write was this: Girls will like seeing this pipe. If you happen to be holding it at the time, they may like seeing you, as well, by association with it. You may not want to push your luck with Latakia blends, but it is a start. Oh, yes, the English shaping is chart-perfect and the flame grain fine-stranded and plentiful, but we've seen Askwith do that before.
A pipe that makes girls smile instantly from halfway across the room (and this is a very large room, mind you) - now that's something new.
- Eric N. Squires