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
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