This was the first pipe I ever bought at the local store, and it's the only Irish Second I have. Not long after I bought it, the store got rid of a lot of its pipe space to make room for a huge walk-in cigar humidor, and the Irish Seconds disappeared and never came back again. Otherwise I would have more of them. They turn up only rarely on eBay, and I have not managed to score any of them there, either. This is a latakia pipe. In fact, this pipe is dedicated entirely to one of my top two favorite tobaccos, Cornell & Diehl's #531 Yale Mixture. It was unfinished and very blond when I bought it, but you can see that it has darkened considerably over the years. It is a great pipe.