I have never really warmed to them as I considered them to be the aliens of the Peterson stable of classical design and shape. However I have always respected the beautiful grain which is in evidence.My example shown here, has a stunning straight grain which is enhanced by the scale of the huge chunk of briar.
Sadly, these giant specimens are now to be discontinued by Peterson and will no longer be made by them.
I often see references on general pipe forums as to the Plato's rarity,well if there was any dubiety before over these claims, then this cessation of their production will certainly ensure that remaining stock are definitely entitled to that tag. They are certainly 'unique' if nothing else.