Radice's faux bamboo is the only bamboo I like on a pipe. I remember the first time I saw one of those and thinking how clever it was.
I haven't smoked a Radice that wasn't made in the early 90s, so I could be wrong about this. He was using some of the finest briar, if not THE finest briar. Light. Dense. Cool smoking. Sweet smoking. I must've owned a dozen of those early-90s Radices, and they all smoked incredible from the first light. I had one particularly ugly full bent, saddle stem, paper-thin walled Rind billiard that had absolutely no reason to smoke as fantastic as it did. Everything about it looked wrong. The full bent saddle stem (that was also slightly twisted when it was formed, so the bowl sat just slightly out of line). Those thin walls. But incredibly light, great wood that could smoke any kind of tobacco, at any speed, as often as you'd like, and never get hot, wet, or smoke poorly. An absolute workhorse of a pipe that was a true ugly duckling. A freak of nature. A defier of physics.