As one might expect from a hand-carved flagship series, the Savinelli Autograph often takes some (not unappreciated) artistic liberties in its shaping. In this case, that means they've taken a big, neoclassical bent Dublin, then given it the kind of treatment normally associated with the Foursquare variant of the straigth Billiard; i.e. panels, panels, and more panels. That's fine by me. Panels, when used right, can add a lot to a shape (aesthetically that is, of course, since physically speaking they're actually removing mass). The results here are a poised, masculine shape accented by plenty of smart lines and clean, smooth planes - both of which happen to do a fine job of framing and presenting the briar's flame grain and birdseye.
- Eric N. Squires