While prominent ring grain is generally the ideal that's sought after in sandblasted briars, personally I think the lack of it rather works here. Combined with a very light sandblast and black, very low-gloss (though not fully matte) finish, the result provides subtle element of texture, while still perfectly preserving the smooth lines and solid form that tends to define the distinctive style of both Vladimir Grechukhin's personal creations, and the pipes of his PS Studio workshop. There are curves here, and a soft, rather feminine sense of easy flow, yet the design overall remains very firm, and that's just something this finish works perfectly to complement. Speaking of which, the accent is also a fine, subtle touch, in the form of a densely-grained bit of black palm, providing a tasteful and discrete element of contrast.
- Eric N. Squires