Kent’s shape repertoire is almost as impressive as the sheer clarity of intent that shines in every briar that bears his stamp. Further, whether Rasmussen rolls with his well-established emphasis of the edge over the plane, or quite the opposite, his bits, the manner in which he deftly incorporates subtle troughs at the base of an edge, his stems, or even the manner he employs masur birch, renders the presentation unmistakably “Kent”. Acknowledging that just because I haven’t seen something doesn’t mean there aren’t others out there, we have placed close to 180 Kent Rasmussen briars on the site (on the new side alone), I have had the privilege of describing most of them, and this Freehand Dublin is certainly a first for me.
While there really wasn’t a way for me to avoid prefacing “Dublin” with “Freehand” in the title (the overarching form is reminiscent of the latter) Freehand is misleading. “Intent” always has, and always will be a watchword of a Rasmussen briar; there is no "shape happens". Yes, the rim contains marvelous plateau, and there is some undulation. Glancing at pic #3, with that crisp, teardrop outline and wicked point, however? Well, that didn’t happen by chasing grain. As mesmerizing as the rim is, personally I find the underside of the briar (#4) even more fascinating; both the staggering amount, and sheer quality of the movement approaches the epic. What you can’t see, due to the vertical angle of the pic, is that with a few degrees shift of perspective, the curve becomes more pronounced, adding a decided sense of an aquatic predator. I find this Kent Two Star favors the left hand in a higher grip, and the right if held near the base. Either hand, this presentation favors the vision and imagination.
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves