This pipe is not just pretty cool or simply smokes well, it is simply awesome. Well balanced, smooth draw, lightweight in spite of of the massive amount of wood used in the bowl and shank, and a festive acrylic stem all come together to provide a superior smoking pipe. The "Freehand" design is contemporary, sleek and untraditional, making it one of the most handsome pipes I've seen in years. Well worth the price, which isn't outrageous. I've gotten dozens of compliments on the looks of the pipe in the past 2-3 weeks but the proof of a pipe is in its smoke-ability and this one smokes better than most. It fits in the palm of the hand as if it were custom made for the smoker. I m exceptionally pleased with this pipe.