There is a group of pipe smokers who prefer sandblasted pipes over any other finish. I know because I'm one of them. The way the soft wood is removed reveals an individuality due to the ridges, rings, and whorls. Baraccini Strattura Ebano pipes feature a nice craggy blast that is finished black with enough of a shine that the highlights practically shimmer. The texture feels great in the hand which is great for those who don't clench. The stems are durable acrylic made to look like Cumberland, so you'll never have to worry about oxidation. You could easily spend twice as much for a comparable pipe, but the Baraccini Strattura Ebano will never attack your wallet.