Elbert Gubbels has done it again with the new Big Ben Blackline pipes. The artistry of this storied Dutch manufacturer is evident in the elegant shapes that apply a contemporary twist on classic styles. Using briar that has been carefully aged to remove as much moisture as possible, Big Ben's craftsmen produce pipes that not only stand out in appearance, but also in their top-notch engineering for great smoking qualities. The Blackline series features pipes with intriguing grain, finished with a signature golden and walnut contrast stain that makes the beauty of the wood really "pop". The briars are then polished to bring out all the visual nuances that only this singular wood can exhibit. Lustrous and durable black acrylic stems that are tarnish-proof, are fitted to each pipe, along with attractive trim rings of white metal and black acrylic. Perhaps best of all, these gorgeous, cool and dry-smoking pipes are far less expensive than they look.