The Italian school, outside of certain independent artisans or Pesaro marques like Ser Jacopo, generally revolves around fuller-bodied renditions of the classic English/French shapes. There are a few well-established shape definitions that do distinctly originate from the traditional Italian school, however, and the Hawkbill is one of them. Here Ser Jacopo presents us with fine, deeply sandblasted example of it, with a particularly strong arch to the shape's signature aquiline shank and stem. And of course, since the Ser Jacopo workshop boasts specialized bits for drilling along a curve, even with that extra emphasis to the shank's bend, this pipe still passes a pipe cleaner with ease.
- Eric N. Squires