Though nearly straight in its basic arrangement (bearing only a slight bend of transition and stem), a close inspection of this substantial Castello Dublin reveals that, as whole, there's nary a straight line to be found on it. The shank is smoothly muscular in style, the heel presents a forceful, quick curve, and the taper up to the broad, wavering rim is even ever-so-subtly concave. All-in-all a lovely bit of shaping, and an interesting way to present a briar of such stoutness. As for the grain, there's a fair coverage of tight, fine-stranded flame, something of a contrast to the big, scattered freckles of birdseye found up top.
- Eric N. Squires