Last week the NYC pipe club met in Soho and as I mentioned on the 'pipe club' forum I met some great people and tried different tobaccos that would have taken me quite a while to accumulate.
I also had asked members about Rad Davis' pipes, highly recommended by Cigarmaster as a fine pipe. Anyone I spoke to at the club who knew of Rad's pipes totally agreed-buy one!
Well, turns out that Chris from Ibriar.com was off in a corner selling Rad's and other artisan makes and I wouldn't have seen/heard him with the din going on there - if it wasn't for another member who knew I was looking for a pipe I wouldn't have been able to acquire this one.
My experience with pipe brands are Peterson's (from 40 years ago) and now dunhill, all bends and polished. Rad's is a blasted finish and just a minor bend and clearly different. I really appreciate the dunhills; Rad's pipe may take some time to get used to. According to Harris, they are freer smoking and require different packing techniques; I will reserve judgement until I give it a fair trial.
So, here is the pipe: forgive my poor pictures with the iphone camera and poor lighting.