So I'm thinking about buying a new pipe when I return home from Canada in a few days. Lately Neerup pipes have really been looking interesting to me. I only am concerned about how well these pipes may smoke. I don't know enough about carving pipes and the shapes which work well or do not, but some of these pipes have a very curved shape to them, with a drastic curve in the stems and even curved shanks. Example: Now most are not so drastic, but I'm curious if anyone better informed on the matters knows if this poses any problems in creating a good smoking pipe. Does anyone have any experience with Neerup? Good pipes or should I only buy one if I can hold and inspect it first?