"Magnum" pipes are always a gamble for artisan pipemakers. Firstly, it means taking a piece of briar that may have made two or three different varied shapes, and investing it in creating a single design. Secondly, a bigger pipe means far more surface area as well, in turn meaning the chance of finding oneself with a fatal natural flaw (fatal for the pipe, that is, not for the pipemaker) is that much greater as well. Still, none of that stopped Rad, and the pay-off is this towering straight Billiard, not only sandblasted to bring out a vast expanse of fine ring grain, but also contrast-stained in such a way as to leave plenty of underlying hints of the briar's flame-grain as well.
- Eric N. Squires