I started with a bent and didn't like the way it felt. Also, the lady of the house told me I looked like an old man. I'm only middle aged! I do prefer the more jaunty, Bing Crosby look of the straight and I think it fits me more comfortably and matches how I smoke better. I did pick up a quarter bent Forever Stem for the cobs and I like it, but not enough to go for a more extreme angle. I still pull out the bent from time to time but straights are my regular walking around and typing pipes.