I wondered about the same thing. Maybe there's a factory that turns them out in bulk and wholesales them off without brands? Thanks for the tip, Gerry. I just went and looked at his site re: meer work and opening up the draw. So far I think they draw pretty well, but I'm leery of that tiny plastic tenon. I think I'll just smoke them as-is until they break, if they do break, and then send them off. Thanks, Ed. Is there any place other than Gerry's recommendation that does the tenon work? Not that I doubt Walker's work, but sometimes it's nice to have multiple vendors. I like the meers precisely because of the uniqueness of the coloration effect. I mean, these all seem to smoke well (the two ANDs and the one SMS...although I think the SMS is borderline "OK"), cool, and all that. So they're 'good pipes' as far as my novice pipe smoking experience goes. I do think a well carved and polished briar looks somehow more elegant, or classy, though. I'm not associated with them in any way, other than buying a couple of pipes. But their FAQ says this: Maybe it's worth an email to them just to verify.