The Tsuge Thunderstorm presents what is definitely a strong aesthetic flare, with an Art Deco flavor. The design, however, isn't just about looks. That metal sleeve which covers the bowl actually slides, and, when moved into its "up" position, provides a roughly 285-degree windscreen to shield your smoldering blend from the breeze. Toss in a metal guard for the rim, and a military-type mount, and you've got a briar that's not only pretty handy for enjoying the outdoors, but that is also well-protected against rim charring and that can be broken down in a pinch even while still hot without worrying about cracking a shank.
- Eric N. Squires