As much attention as birdseye and flame receive, there's still something to be said for a nice three-quarter grain, if you ask me. The problem is, you just don't see much of it all that often; artisans tend to concentrate on the more idealized flame & birdseye, and most classic shapes present forms that minimize the amount of surface area where 3/4 grain would show. So imagine my surprise when I picked up this broad Radice Bullmoose to find it's considerable lower bowl positively packed with damascene flickers of the stuff. And yeah, there's some very nice birdseye and flame in there too, but here it's acting more as the trim, than as the main show.
- Eric N. Squires