Big Ben Mondial pipes represent some of the best values offered on P&C. Made in the Netherlands, in the storied Gubbels factory, by expert craftmen, this series features six classically-inspired shapes with one for virtually any pipe enthusiast.. The briar used has been carefully cured and dried to make these pipes exceptionally light. The finish is a chestnut and black contrast staining - a meticulous process that starts with the dark stain first, followed by a sanding, and then a final application of the lighter color, so the rich grain stands out. The pipe is then buffed to create a gleaming finish, and is fitted with a lustrous black acrylic stem, deisgned to accept a 9 mm charcoal filter for the driest experience possible. A metal and black acrylic trim ring finishes this attractive package. At a price below $90, the Mondial pipes deliver more for the money than most competitive pipes.