So you may have read about the issue I had with the Ben Wade I bought. The drilling was off, and if not for that it had the makings of a wonderful smoker. Well, instead of going straight to getting it repaired, I went back to the Tinderbox from which I purchased it. I explained and showed the problem to the gentleman with whom I'd done business, and he did not offer to send it out for repairs. Instead, he told me where I could get it repaired...and also told me he could just switch it out for me for a new pipe. I told him I had already smoked it, but he said he'd send it to his Ben Wade rep and have them see if they could either repair it so he could sell it as an estate or else reimburse him for the poorly made pipe. I opted to exchange it, and he exchanged it for the full price, not the mysteriously discounted price I paid. So I got a different Ben Wade - a tan sandblasted straight billiard. I love the look of it and can't wait to smoke it. I inspected more carefully and yes, it passes a pipe cleaner just fine - straight as an arrow. It's from the "Western" line of Ben Wade pipes. I think it looks pretty nice, despite an unfilled pit (I prefer leaving it apparent to trying to hide it with fills) The angle of the shot makes it look a little more "stout" than it actually is. In person, the shank looks a little more reserved. I love it, and more than that I love the customer service I've been getting there! Next two tins I buy I ought to make sure I buy there. I just bought an ounce of McClelland 2045 Oriental Mixture there to try, though. Excited to get this bad boy broken in!