Particularly well grained pieces are also awarded between one and four stars in addition to the standard grades below.

Grades/Finishes (from lowest to highest)
Coral: a deep rustication
Blast: dark stain on a sandblast
Tan Blast: light stain on a sandblast
Black and Tan: light stained smooth with areas of dark rustication
Walnut: dark brown stain on a smooth pipe
Bengal dark Orange smooth
Mocha aptly named light brown smooth
Cabernet orange/red smooth
Golden Red very lightly stained red
Pristine very lightly stained
Natural unstained

Additionally, size is stamped as follows:

FW: feather weight
4: Medium
5 Medium/Large
6 Large
B Giant
BB Extraordinarily Large

If the shape is particularly difficult to execute it is also stamped with an 'X' (e.g. unusually paneling, a hawkbill etc.).



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