If you're a pipe enthusiast for whom affordable style is important, then you need look no further than Big Ben Maxim. The five shapes in the series represent a nice mixture of classic and Danish-inspired designs. They're made of well-aged briar, cured to be as light as possible, and stained in a warm and rich cognac and walnut contrast. The crest of the bowl is left natural to provide even more contrast, and the light tone works perfectly with the gold pearl section of the trim ring. Each Maxim pipe is fitted with black acrylic stems that won't tarnish and resist tooth chatter. They all accept 9 mm filters to assure a dry smoke and to reduce the possibility of tongue bite. These gorgeous Dutch-made briars deliver the value for which pipes from the Gubbels factory has been known for more than 145 years. For singular pipes that you can own for less than $100, Big Ben Maxim should be your first choice.