Gregor Lobnik may be from Slovenia, and his mentor may be the renowned Austrian artisan Peter Matzhold, but looking at this compact, modernist bent Dublin, with its tall, fin-like shank, I can't but help but wonder if he wasn't taking cues from somewhere much farther north and east in this particular pipe. Specifically: Grechukhin. If not, well, it wouldn't be the first time two far-flung artisans with no discernible connection to each other independently came up with designs that bore a striking stylistic resemblance. Either way, what we have before us is a compactly-proportioned, yet very sleek number, its powerful style complemented finely by loads and loads of flame grain and birdseye alike, which are in turn brought out beautifully by a bold bengal contrast finish.
- Eric N. Squires