"Foo Was Here"
I can only speak for myself but if I bought this it would be my first hawkbill, and for my first I'd prefer a more obviously curved shank. This pipe feels almost more like a prince to me, but it's a bit beefier than I'd want in a prince. I'm not trying to knock it, it's gorgeous, it's just floating somewhere in between shapes I'd shell out money for right this moment. I'm sure it will make someone very happy, and I imagine as soon as I see that "Sold" notice I'll regret not buying it myself.
One of the coolest things about pipes, what works for one person may not for another...but there is someone out there for whom this thing will just sing too...and it is a Radice..crunchy at that with a heck of a great price.
I gotta stop before I lose a kidney to China...