But i bought a pipe a while back at the Union Cigar Club in Gettysburg. The fact that they only had a single glass case with less than 20 pipes in it should have been a sign. It was an impulse buy. It looked cool, and smokes decently actually. There is a strange "A" symbol on it and a three digit number. I found the "A" symbol places online, but only when i coupled it with the number and searched Google for images did I find its origin. So, for $25, I appearently got a Chinese made mahogany pipe. Unfortunatly, I was already smoking it when i located some info on it. Sooooooo...... It has "fire proof paint" on the inside of the bowl. Yeah. How safe is this thing? Coming from China I have no idea if it must conform to the health standards we have here. I'm not affraid to let it sit and never touch it again, though i do like smoking it. It takes a weird sized filter, bigger, maybe 9mm, and has plastic end caps on it. The pipe itself is very pretty, very nice grain on it and a gorgeous finish to it. Thoughts?