I'm sure there are many people here like me who appreciate fine workmanship and appealing lines. Not just in pipes but in other things. You know, it's nice to hold and play with well made knives, or leathergoods, guns, cars, or whatever. Pipes, by their very nature are one of those things that inspire craftsmen and artists to make things of style and beauty. Look at the fantastic Danish freehands as just one example. I'll get one of them eventually. There are so many different pipe styles and shapes it's incredible. And if you're like me, you have bought a pipe simply on how it looks and couldn't care less if it turns out to be an ordinary smoker. There really is no choice but to own many pipes, as many as it takes to cover all the bases. I know lots of folks love cobs and gain much pleasure from smoking them, but they do look a bit, um plain. Cobs are the F150's of the pipe world. Long may they live. Pipes to me are more than just a smoking utensil, as I get untold pleasure just looking at them while I smoke. They need to have the right shape and be easy on the eye. I don't understand all the science behind grain patterns on briar, but I know what looks nice. Bright polish and varnish on a pipe gets me every time as well! I saw that Peterson while I was in Shermans in NYC and had to have it. They had lots of pipes there that I could have taken but I took the shiniest one and I love it heaps. I'll probably buy another Peterson soon if they all smoke like that. Then I walked five minutes down the road and fell in lust with a stack of pipes in Barclay Rex! Once again I had no idea how any of them would smoke, but could easily have spent thousands that day if I had the money. Now if you think that all sounds shallow, it gets worse. While I was picking out that Pete, another customer came in to check out pipes and grabbed one down from the rack. He had a quick look at it, held it up to his face and asked his companion how it looked. I mean, he was only buying it as a fashion accessory, I bet he only grabbed one type of tobacco as well. ( I went home with about 6 plus the pipe). What was that all about? Buys a pipe as some sort of prop to increase his street cred. Very strange. I guess it's cheaper than a Harley. So anyway, I've ranted enough, just wondered how important is the look of a pipe to you ?