The name is De Luxe for a reason. Stanwell is very selective when it come to this series of pipes. The brown polished De Luxe briars are chosen for having outstanding grain, which is complemented by a warm, golden-brown color.
This pipe has a deep chamber and consimes the entire fill of tobacco. It was an excellent smoker from the get-go, and broke in easily. Also, it's very beautiful, well made and balanced. And the price was right. Highly recommended, like the other Stanwells in my collection.