The Hawkbill is a curious shape. It's definitely Italian, having first appeared from the Castello workshop years and years ago, yet no one knows who the actual artisan that came up with it was. Even Luigi Radice, who was making pipes at Castello at the time, and who has probably made more of these things than anyone else, has stated that he can't recall who invented it (during the course of dismissing the long-standing rumor that he
had invented it, that is). Nonetheless, while its original creator's name may have been lost, the shape itself has endured, and by this point most Italian artisans, whether independent or part of an artisanal workshop like Ser Jacopo, seem to have made at least a few. This particular one is presented in extra-sturdy, Maxima-scale style, the shape's signature aquiline shank broad in proportions and panel-flanked, and the bowl offered up in a stout-walled combination of active posture and muscular form.
- Eric N. Squires