The "Perla" is Claudio Cavicchi's penultimate grade, exceeding the "CCCCC", and just shy of the "Diamante". To put what that means into perspective, consider this: out of the over 1,200 briars we've ever received from Claudio, he has granted a mere thirty-nine worthy of the full five-"C", and but a single one of his creations as fitting to bear the "Diamante". As for the "Perla", this briar makes for a grand total of three. As good fortune would have it, this particular "Perla" just happened to manifest in the form of one of our 10th Anniversary pipes, an intensely flame-grained beauty of a Lovat - the shape chosen as that which Claudio considers to be the most challenging of the classics.
- Eric N. Squires