"Egg Mounted on a Wall-Hanging Plaque Oom Paul" couldn't quite fit into the title field, so "Bent Egg" had to do here. This is an unusual shape, but not an unheard of one - it crops up every now and then, predominately within the Italian school from my experience. There's a resemblance to the traditional Cavalier in its profile, and, like that older shape, while an easy jaw-hanger balance can be expected, how the briar behaves in hand is often hit or miss. In this Rinaldo's case, I'm going with "hit"; that distinctive shank/transition may be very well defined, but its lines are also arranged so as to allow for a natural fit in hand.
- Eric N. Squires