"Ninja" is the series, and "Noce", Italian for walnut, indicates the finish; this would be the most reasonable interpretation of this briar's stamping. However, I would be remiss if I didn't point out that, swapping from Italian to Latin (and Italian pipe makers do often use Latin for series, finishes, and so forth) gets us "Shoot Ninja" (according to Google Translate), which may also be the title of an obscure 1980s television series. At least, I'd like to imagine it is. All that aside, what we have here in the Ninja Noce (however you wish to interpret it) is a smoothly bold, deeply bent Billiard with plenty of chamber and a good jaw-hanger balance.
- Eric N. Squires