Ever wonder why the heck there is an Italian pipe series named after a class of Japanese assassins? Is it some secret connection to 17th-century political conspiracies? Is it some in-joke about cartoon turtles? Well, the tortoiseshell-patterned acrylic stem might be a clue. The shape, the rarely seen Tomato offers no further clues to the mystery, but its broad chamber will offer you plenty of time to contemplate the mysteries of shinobi smoking implements.
- Christopher A. Huff